Spotted Lanternfly Problematic
Inside the Outdoors, September 22,
2017

As usual, before I get to the story of the day, a recent article hit the tabloids of newspapers and television broadcasts that is disturbing. It so happened that a third bald eagle has died as a result of lead poisoning, the latest, a 30-year old national bird.

The Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Saegertown, PA, recently announced the bird’s death. While at the center, the bird was given blood tests that confirmed that the cause of death was lead poisoning.

According to Pennsylvania Outdoor News, two other eagles had already died due to the same cause. Most likely the birds ingested ammunition after eating dead animals or eating some form of bait whereby a lead sinker was attached.

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Word seems to be circulating that the once abundance of fish in St. Vincent Lake are no longer there. Is that due to fisher’s non-acquaintance of proper fishing techniques or the fish just aren’t biting due to barometric pressure changes during this time of the year, or has the body of water been fished out?

One fisher told me all the fish he is catching if any are very small, and the species he used to catch there are no where to be caught.

If anyone has any feedback on this matter, please let me know at peevee73@verizon.net.

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Over the years, it has become a known fact that bugs and insects of all species have played havoc on trees. Just when we thought we had a grip on the situation, along enters a new critter, the spotted lanternfly.

Its distinctive appearance upon trees is easy to see. Drab brownish pink in color, they have black spots on its body toward the head.

A native of China, it came to our country after a United States based company purchased an undisclosed product. “Before the product was shipped,” stated Ron Steffe from Pennsylvania Outdoor News from a story he wrote September 7, 2017, “it was supposed to be fumigated. Somewhere alone the line someone failed to do his job, hence, an unwanted bug arrived to a new home.”

He went on to point out “they were first confirmed to be in Berks in September 2014, the area was quickly quarantined, disallowing the movement of wood products, bark products, remodeling and landscaping waste materials, mobile homes, recreational vehicles, stones, grills and boats; basically anything with a flat surface that sit outside.” However, the bugs have been on the move ever since.

The lanternfly is a threat to both the fruit and lumber industry throughout the state.

“Some of the endeavors are already underway to stop this invasive species’ spread involve removing and killing the tree and root sections of paradise trees, killing nymphs with sticky band on trees, and destroying egg masses when found on trees by scraping and insecticides, Steffe pointed out.

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ATTENTION: JUST IN! There will be no fishing derby for 2017 at Ligonier Camp and Conference in Ligonier, it was recently announced. “We hope to host this event again next year,” a representative stated.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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