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Volume 66, Number 4

February, 2012

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A man in a red jacket climbs up a frozen ice wall

Winter High

Ice climbing in New York

by Robert Mecus

page 2

A small bat infected with the white nose fungus

Bats on the Brink

White nose disease takes a toll on New York's bats

by Jenna Kerwin and Carl Herzog

page 8

A short-eared owl standing in the snow

Raptor Fest

Winter festival celebrates birds of prey

by Laurie LaFond

page 12

Two girls in life vests paddling kayaks

String of Memories

A week at a DEC education camp can change lives

by Danielle Perry

page 17

A DEC Conservation Officer demonstrates a mock arrest for onlooking students

Outdoor School

Conservation Officers teach SUNY Cobleskill students

by Captain Mike St. Jeanos and Lieutenant Tom Harrington

page 20

A tan and green northern cricket frog rests on a rock in the water

Tiny Caller

The northern cricket frog

by Jay Westerveld

page 24


On Patrol

Real stories from Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers in the field

by ECO Lt. Tom Caifa and Forest Ranger Lt. John Solan

page 16


by Jenna Kerwin and David Nelson

page 28


by Eileen Stegemann and Jenna Kerwin

page 30

Back Trails


by Janice Horton

page 32