News for Constituents

PA Peregrine Falcons Prepare for 2015 Nesting Season

As Pennsylvania’s Peregrine Falcons prepare for the 2015 nesting season in downtown Harrisburg, details on recent sightings are available with a simple click on the Falcon Wire News Button.

Courtship rituals are evident with the male offering food and the female increasing her hunting and feeding activities.  The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) notes the female’s nutrition levels are tied to egg production and viability.

Catch up on Pennsylvania’s passion for the Peregrine Falcon and the bird’s growth and behavioral patterns.  The Peregrine remains on the PA Game Commission’s list of Endangered Species due to its small local population and continued threats to its existence.

Be the First to Know

Free emergency alerts, notifications, and updates can be sent to your cell phone, pager, Blackberry, PDA, and/or the e-mail account of your choice through an AlertPA account.

Submit your contact information for your multiple media devices to ensure you are among the first to receive the latest alerts and know when an emergency situation develops.

Notice of road closures, crashes, and fires helps motorists steer clear of problem areas, allowing first responders to work unencumbered.  Word of utility interruption allows individuals to plan for their safety and that of our most vulnerable family members.  In the event of a natural or manmade disaster, AlertPA can assist you with locating and traveling designated evacuation routes while safely guiding you to shelter.

What’s in Your Vehicle’s Winter Emergency Kit?

When you must travel during the worst of winter’s weather, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants you to be prepared beyond the General Driving Safety Guidelines.

Print a copy of the Emergency Travel Kit checklist in PennDOT’s Ice & Snow – Take It Slow brochure.  Gather and store in your vehicle, the first thirteen items recommended for all travelers – from a battery operated radio to bottled water.

The final reminder prompts consideration of any specialized needs for you and your family.  Assemble and list special medication, baby supplies, pet food, and other items critical to your family’s survival should they become temporarily detained by winter weather.

Where is the Flu?

Turn to the Pennsylvania Department of Health every Tuesday through May for an updated influenza surveillance report to help you navigate flu season.  Activity is currently characterized as regional.

When and where are influenza cases occurring?  Are there any current trends this season compared to previous experiences?  What types and subtypes of influenza are infecting those around you?

PA DOH influenza case counts are based solely on numbers reported.  The Department notes their count does not include the untested or unreported cases that are not seen by a doctor or in an emergency room.

2015 Adult Trout Stocking Schedule Now Available

The 2015 Adult Trout Stocking Schedule is ready and waiting for interested anglers, according to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.

Find your favorite body of water from among the 700 streams and 120 lakes stocked with some 3.2 million adult trout by the PFBC.  Averaging eleven inches, the PFBC stocking includes approximately 2.01 million rainbow trout, 641,000 brown trout and 525,000 brook trout.

Visit the Adult Trout Stocking webpage and select your favorite trout fishing spot.