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Volume 67, Number 4

February, 2013

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A young girl and her father pose with her buck

The Great State of Hunting

by Gordon R. Batcheller

page 2

Two decorative glass bottles contain different grades of maple syrup

Sweet Success

Central NY students make their own maple syrup

by Chip Haley

page 6

A small cascade flows over rocks

Waterfalls of New York

Portfolio of some of our most photogenic cascades

by Scott A. Ensminger, David J. Schryver and Edward M. Smathers

page 10

A young girl holds up the head of a large buck that she killed during youth firearms season

2012 Youth Deer Hunt A Success!

Highlighting successful young hunters

page 17

A short-eared wl standing in the snow.

Ghost in the Grassland

Tracking the short-eared owl

by Theresa Swenson and Glen Hewitt

page 18

An apple blossom and leaves coated in ice.


Recommendations for Adapting to a Changing Climate

by Jonathan Comstock

page 22

A man in a blue ski hat and holding binoculars looks out of a viewing platform

Watchable Wildlife Site: Mongaup Valley

Eagle-watcher's paradise

page 26


On Patrol

Includes feature "Ask the ECO"

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

Let it Snow

by Eileen Stegemann

page 32