The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


July 21, 2013

Ken Maurer's Inside Line column: Did you know about the didymo?


This is the time of the year to get some interesting photographs. Most of the spotted fawns are past their wobbly leg stage and getting around nicely. Young turkeys are growing fast and by now most of them can fly quite well, at least well enough to get up into the trees to avoid ground predators. What I haven't seen in a long time is a hen pheasant with a clutch of young. I'd like to think that somewhere in Pennsylvania there are some little ringnecks scurrying around. I've heard conflicting reports about the pheasant restoration areas, and I hope they catch on there. Some intense predator control would probably help, but it seems there is more interest in bringing back and protecting predators than there is in fostering the prey (game) species.

The river is finally looking pretty good. I recently had a pretty good morning on the river. Just don't keep the fish out of the water too long or they'll be baked, which was what I felt like after we got off the water.

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