Paddling and fishing are great ways to enjoy our rivers and streams. However, these seemingly harmless activities can actually be harmful to the eastern hellbender and other aquatic wildlife if the proper precautions are not followed.
Children today spend an average of 20 minutes outside. Various studies have shown that engaging with nature improves concentration, coordination, creativity, and more. Hands of the Future, Inc. is a nonprofit company started to educate children about the beauty of nature and help them connect with it.
Many choices we make in our daily lives can have an impact on the water quality of rivers and streams around us. Animals like the eastern hellbender need clean water for their habitats, and they depend on us to make environmentally friendly choices whenever possible. The new lesson plan from The Nature of Teaching titled "Healthy Water, Happy Home" offers a fun way for students to learn about healthy water choices they can make in their home and community.
What you do on your property is your choice first and foremost. The decision to actively manage one's property rather than setting the land aside and let nature take its course is often discussed. One is not necessarily better than the other, but the outcomes will likely be very different, and there are several reasons why you should at least consider a more active management approach.
Hellbenders have been rapidly declining since the 1980s due to various factors, including poor water quality. Many ecological issues contribute to poor water quality, and one important issue we can focus on is how we use the land around rivers and streams. Livestock owners along rivers and streams can greatly reduce the impact of their operations on water quality using a number of different management practices.
Have you ever wanted to set up your own scent station? Here's a great video that will teach you how! Scent stations are a non-invasive alternative to other trapping methods for determining what species of wildlife populate an area.
This full time job includes providing leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating extension programming statewide related to wildlife management, with special emphasis on harvested wildlife.