News for Constituents

2016 Calendars – Helpful and Beautiful

Treat yourself to a copy of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s beautiful 2016 Pennsylvania Wildlife Calendar or the Birds of Pennsylvania Calendar both full of helpful information and striking photographs.

Season stickers, wildlife tidbits, and major fishing season details accompany an overview of the PA Game Commission and its six regional offices in the Wildlife Calendar. Enjoy agency biologist’s introductions for each bird profiled, timely nature notes, special birding event listings, holiday schedules, and moon phases in the Birds of PA Calendar.

Proceeds from each calendar support wildlife in Pennsylvania, focusing on preservation, conservation, and management of the state’s wildlife resources and habitats.

Benefits of Christmas Tree Recycling

Imagine tucking a wildlife shelter and feeding station into a corner of your backyard, enticing chipmunks, turtles and lizards, along with towhees and wrens for your viewing pleasure.

Recycling Christmas trees attracts and offers wildlife protection, aids in soil improvements, and enhances local restoration efforts.

Engage the kids in an early Valentine’s Day, nature-friendly craft project making edible ornaments for birds. Then, sit back and enjoy the bird-watching as your feathered-friends pluck morsels from the seed-encrusted Valentine’s Cookies adorning your Christmas tree.

Influenza 2016 – Stopping the Flu Starts With You

Vaccination and hand washing are touted as two of the most important elements of remaining flu-free at the height of the season, according to the PA Department of Health.

Health experts recommend additional preventive measures including:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a sleeve when sneezing; never use your hand.
  • Don’t touch your face, particularly your mouth, nose, and eyes.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces, such as phones, doorknobs, remotes, light switches, and countertops.
  • Stay home from work or school while sick to prevent spreading the flu to those around you. Do not return to work or school until you are fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication.

Antiviral medication begun within 48 hours of symptom onset, can shorten the duration and lessen the illness’s severity.

Centennial PA Farm Show to Reveal New Treats for Your Palate

The Centennial Shake is one of the many highlights waiting to greet visitors to the 10oth PA Farm Show beginning at noon on Friday, January 8, 2016 and running through January 16, 2016. The closely guarded mystery flavor is created by the PA Dairymen’s Association.

The Association leaked a bit of a hint, excluding raspberry and maple bacon flavors. The Dairymen are narrowing the field of possibilities to banana, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, peanut butter or birthday cake.

Look for blended mushroom burgers, a BBQ beef bowl, chocolate-covered bacon, chicken bites, over-sized fresh-baked cookies, and increased seating in the Exhibition Hall to grab a bench and enjoy the fare. Rest assured, other food court favorites, like baked potatoes and chicken corn soup, will continue to delight the palate of visitors. In addition to your old favorites, there will be lots new at the 2016 PA Farm Show.

Love Your Dog, License Your Dog

Dog licenses for 2016 are now available as the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture kicks off the “Love Your Dog, License Your Dog” campaign.

The heartbreak of a missing puppy or dog can be more quickly resolved by annually renewing your dog’s license and attaching that shiny numbered tag to its collar.

In turn, the small license fee supports the efforts of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement to ensure the welfare of the state’s canine population. Contact your local county treasurer or issuing agent to license all dogs three months or older. Failure to obtain a dog license in PA is punishable with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Get Outdoors PA

From backpacking to wilderness survival, you can do it all in PA, according to the Get Outdoors PA community partners representing state and local government entities, environmental educators, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

As the days lengthen with the approach of spring, choose from something new or your usual favorite activities in preferred areas of the state.

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