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The Deer-Forest Blog

We're tracking deer in Pennsylvania's forests. Check out what is going on in the field and learn what our researchers are discovering.
Photo credit: PA Game Commission
June 2, 2015

Want to work in the wildlife field? Then you better lace up your running shoes.

The younger male might find there is too much competition and decide to disperse. Photo credit: PA Game Commission
June 1, 2015

June is not only fawning season but graduation season as well. Graduation marks an end but also a beginning. Is it a coincidence that graduation and fawning season coincide? For deer, June is just as exciting and life changing as graduating.

Lyman Lake Vista, Lyman Run State Park. Photo by Shawn Seeley
May 27, 2015

Our field crews have the best offices!

May 25, 2015

You may or may not recall the 80’s flick "Twins" starring Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. An Austrian demigod and a cousin of the Sopranos – as fraternal twins. Really? And what does this have to do with deer anyway?

May 21, 2015

We have four teams of field techs searching for fawns and monitoring vegetation data. Here's some of the fun they're finding in Penn's Woods!

Can you see the fawn?
May 18, 2015

The crew captured the first fawn of the year - and the project - on Saturday on Rothrock State Forest.

Photo credit: Joe Kosack, PGC
May 16, 2015

Green grass, yellow dandelions, and bluebirds - winter is finally behind us. While we are dusting off the grill to kick off our summer of fun, does are going into hiding.

May 13, 2015

Trapping season does not mark the end of field work. The forest (and its many inhabitants) are still exciting even when you’re looking for deer poop.

May 7, 2015

We have been using our GPS-collared deer to study how weather influences deer behavior. But what about the big picture of climate change. Will it affect deer and deer management?

This fawn only looks abandoned - leave it be. Photo credit: PGC
May 5, 2015

It seems that spring is finally here! And you know what that means: Babies!

May 1, 2015

When it rains did deer movement follow the same patterns in 2013 and 2014?

April 27, 2015

It’s often proposed as a solution when deer are in the wrong (or not in the right) place. Can it work?

April 24, 2015

It looks like our rocket netting success from two weeks ago will remain our only victory.

April 20, 2015

Almost 90% of readers thought deer move less when it is windy. Find out just how wrong (or right) they were!

April 14, 2015

Rocket netting deer is a task that requires immense patience, not to mention layers of clothes.

April 10, 2015

Its spring! The hap-hap-happiest time of year. Mother Nature has forgiven us for whatever we did to tick her off and we are all being rewarded for enduring her wrath.

April 7, 2015

How did our readers think rain affected deer movements in October? And what did the deer do?

April 3, 2015

We're adding pictures! Check it out.

April 1, 2015

When we get the call that a radio-collar is sending out a mortality signal, the crew and I immediately feel both excitement and trepidation.

March 27, 2015

The deer think so. Read on to find out what they have been doing.