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PGC promotes WCO Dingman to LMGS post

Longtime Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer Will Dingman has been promoted by the agency to the position of land management group supervisor for Columbia, Montour and Northumberland counties. Dingman has long served the sportsmen of Schuylkill County, being a strong supporter for the establishment of the Hegins-Gratz Valley Wild Pheasant Recovery Area and youth outdoors educational events at various sportsmen's clubs and events such as the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association Youth Field Day and Norm Thornburg Youth Conservation Camp.

Dingman announced his promotion at the recent meeting of the SCSA at Rock Fish and Game, which was the last for him as a WCO for Schuylkill County. He said one of his main assignments as LMGS will be improving habitat for grouse and woodcock.

Hawk Mountain open house - December 1

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's annual Holiday Open House is Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the visitor center remaining open until 5 p.m. This full-day event is designed to get families outside and into the holiday spirit, and will feature complimentary hot cider, $1 soft pretzels, gift ideas, an art exhibit by wildlife artist David Hughes, nature-themed activities, the Sanctuary's signature live owl program and a special visit by a flying squirrel.

"Flying Squirrel Survival Skills," a short program that introduces visitors to the nocturnal mammal, with a focus on how this critter prepares for the long winter, will be conducted between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An activity table for youth will open immediately following the first presentation and will continue until 2 p.m., offering youngsters the chance to complete a simple nature-themed project to take home.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., husband-and-wife naturalist team John and Yoke DiGiorgio will share short video clips they filmed of an eagle nest along the Delaware River and will share insider stories from their resulting book "The Nesting Diaries." This photo essay details activity at a 2009 bald eagle nest that successfully fledged four chicks -- a rarity for bald eagles.

At noon, volunteers and staff will lead Nature Walk Bingo, a fun and easy outdoors activity for all ages, followed by a chance to see a hawk or owl during the Sanctuary's signature "Raptors Up Close!" program at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., will be the annual drawing of winners for the Sanctuary's 2012 Mountain Raffle.

For information, visit the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary website at or call (610) 756-6961.

Mixed bag of duties for WCO Deiterich

Recently, it has been a case of the usual and unusual for Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation office Rick Deiterich, so far as conducting his duties in Montour and Northumberland counties. Under the usual was citing several individuals for hunting in a baited area near Danville after a farmer enrolled in the Hunter Access Program called to report that a hunter who was scouting the landowner's property discovered bait and treestands.

Upon investigation, the property was found to contain two mineral blocks and an unknown foreign substance that had deer tearing up the ground. Four people were cited for hunting in a baited area, including one hunter who had three forms of bait on his person, and two of the individuals cited pled guilty and had fines set, but the other two requested hearings.

Under the unusual, Deiterich reported a Danville area man was in possession of two Patagonian cavies and was cited and pled guilty for possessing the animals without the proper special permits. Cavies look like miniature kangaroo rats and are native to Argentina.

PGC board president is guest on outdoors radio program

Pennsylvania Game Commission board of game commissioners president Ralph Martone is the guest on "Experience The Outdoors" with Republican Herald/News-Item outdoors editor Doyle Dietz, on the Web at by clicking the "Experience The Outdoors" link.

Sunday, Dec. 2 events

Sporting clays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friedensburg Fish and Game; for information, call Mike Weider at (570) 617-0492. "Fort Dietrich Snyder and Appalachian Trail Hike," 2-4:30 p.m., Appalachian Trail parking lot, Route 183, south of Summit Station; for information, contact "Porcupine Pat" McKinney at or (570) 622-4124, ext. 113.

(Briefs compiled by Doyle Dietz for The Citizen-Standard)

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