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Volume 66, Number 5

April, 2012

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Four kids and an adult man clasp hands around the base of a tree

Celebrating New York's Forests

Winners of the Year of Forests photo contest

page 2

Stocking trout

One fish, two fish; enough fish?

Trout stocking in New York State

by Phil Hulbert and Fred Henson

page 8

A peregrine falcon adult stands next to a new chick and some eggs in the nest box

On the Edge

The perils and rewards of banding peregrine falcons

by Barbara Allen Loucks

page 12

A brook trout on some dead leaves next to a reel

A Little Piece of Heaven

Fly fishing an old beaver pond

by Bruce Van Deuson

page 18

Two hikers high on a rocky ledge overlooking a lake and forest

Help Me Make it Through the Night

Surviving a wilderness emergency

by Kelly Stang

page 21

A man with a large backpack and hiking poles

Walking for Sunshine

Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail

by Jeff Alt

page 24

An man and a boy plant a tree along side a stream

Trees for Tribs

Linking land, water and people

by Rebecca Moore

page 28

A close-up of the head of a black and white cat with a bird in its mouth

The Ultimate Hunter

Domestic cats and wildlife populations

by Christine Donovan

page 31

Bundles of harvested wild leeks

Wild Leek

Plant profile

by Thomas Adessa

page 34


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 17


by Jenna Kerwin and David Nelson

page 36


includes feature: "Ask the Biologist"

by Eileen Stegemann and Jenna Kerwin

page 38

Back Trails

Reely Seeing

by Richard DeMarte

page 40