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WILD facts: Why birds look worn

Many songbirds' feathers look a bit ragged in late summer, with some birds having bare spots on their bodies or even balding heads. This loss of feathers is called molting, and it is completely normal.

August 10, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: Hummers feeding up

Do you suddenly have a lot more hummingbirds at your feeders? If so, you're witnessing the start of their fall migration southward toward Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In addition to the adults that traveled here to breed in the spring, the young that hatched out this year are heading out, too.

August 03, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Wet weather isn’t scaring the fish away

Hi, everyone. Tight Line Jr. here. Ol' Tight Line says hello to all.

August 03, 2009 | Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


Programs raise wildlife awareness

SOCIAL CIRCLE - A frogs exhibit at Georgia Southern University. A bird-watching program drawing young and old through Columbus State University's Environmental Learning Center at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Park. Georgia Wildlife Federation's new online guide to host plants for butterflies and moths.

August 03, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Report gauges birding interest

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Bird watching is a multibillion-dollar activity nationwide with wide appeal in Georgia, where more than 1 million people took part in 2006, according to a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report.

July 27, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: Distinguish tell-tale fins

If you spot a gray dorsal fin sticking out of the ocean along Georgia's coast, the fin probably belongs to a dolphin or a shark.

July 27, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Bears search parks for food

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Bears in Georgia, a more common sight in spring and summer, sometimes find themselves in unfortunate circumstances in the pursuit of an "easy" meal. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, there have been at least four North Georgia bears with their heads caught in a variety of objects in recent years - from a tin milk can to a plastic pickle bucket.

July 27, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Bass, BoatU.S. announce partnership

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The nation's leading bass fishing organization and recreational boating association have teamed up to give bass anglers a bunch of benefits that will help them get the most out of their trailerboat angling. The new BASS and BoatU.S. Angler alliance announced today will give BASS members the opportunity to join BoatU.S. Angler – part of the nation's largest recreational boating association – for only $12.50 annually. In addition, the alliance offers BoatU.S. Angler boat insurance with additional policy features available only to BASS members.

July 20, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


That’s enough for a fish fry

Hey, everyone. Tight Line Jr. here. Ol' Tightline says hello and hopes you're catching fish.

July 20, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Dolphin Project marks 20 years

SAVANNAH - Citizen-naturalists of The Dolphin Project have completed 20 years of work in the nation's longest-running dolphin research program staffed by volunteers.

July 20, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Sapelo mansion a historical gem

SAPELO ISLAND - History, architecture, nature and relaxation intersect at Reynolds Mansion on the intimate Georgia barrier island of Sapelo, creating a business retreat experience perfect for small groups in search of reflection and focus.

July 13, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


July 4 anglers have good luck

Hello, everyone. Ol' Tight Line and Tight Line Jr. here. I hope everyone had a good old down-on-the-coast-style 4th of July. It sure was real nice to be down in the Lowcountry with family, friends, some good barbecue, a bowl of beans, coleslaw and a chilly beverage - now that's living.

July 13, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


State encourages residents to get outdoors this summer

ATLANTA - The state's "Get Outdoors Georgia" initiative encourages citizens to lead healthy, active lifestyles in the great outdoors. Coordinated by the Department of Natural Resources, the program includes hiking, biking and paddling clubs, as well as outdoor events. Now, a new series from DNR Commissioner Chris Clark highlights affordable getaways and outdoor activities close to home.

July 13, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: Pest control on the fly

If you hear an ascending "wheep" whistled from the treetops, a great crested flycatcher is nearby. As its name suggests, this large songbird is a pest controller. It eats not only flies, but also beetles, wasps, bees, crickets, moths and caterpillars, plus fruits, berries and, rarely, hummingbirds.

July 06, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Shell of rare snail found

While working recently on a gate at a Catoosa County cave, gate builder Kristen Bobo found a relict snail shell. Georgia Wildlife Resources Division biologist Jason Wisniewski, who was helping with the project to protect bats, recognized the species as the spiny riversnail (lo fluvialis).

July 06, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


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5 tips to make your next family ski trip more enjoyable

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — At this point in the season, our ski days are numbered. However, if you are still planning some upcoming trips to one ...

February 18, 2017 | Lindy Phippen Smith KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


Essential tips for cleaning and cooking trout

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — With ice fishing season in full swing and great conditions on the Weber River, Utah anglers who keep their catch won’t ...

February 18, 2017 | Spencer Durrant KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


Reasons I still love running

Running and I have had a long and fairly healthy relationship. We've broken up a number of times, mostly over injury, but we just ...

February 13, 2017 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Outdoors/Recreation


Review: 5 family outdoor products to check out

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — The early weeks of 2017 have seen intense snowstorms, especially in the higher elevations. As a result, Utah’s snowpack report is ...

February 10, 2017 | Grant Olsen KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


Video shows fishermen thrown from boat in high-speed accident

LAKE SEMINOLE, Georgia — Tournament anglers often use powerful boats to help them cover as much territory as possible. As this video shows, that lightning-fast pace ...

February 09, 2017 | Grant Olsen KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


When it's too cold to go outside, bring the outside in

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — This time of year, some of us may be craving a little warmth, a bit of sunshine or maybe some outside time ...

February 01, 2017 | Lindy Phippen Smith KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


How I recover from a tough workout

Interval training, circuit training, cycle, strength training, swimming, running, Zumba. There is a workout for every personality. As varied as each method is, they all ...

January 31, 2017 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Outdoors/Recreation


Fly-fishing expo in Atlanta

ATLANTA - Georgia and Southeastern anglers are being lured to the inaugural Atlanta Fly Fishing Show on Feb. 3-4 at the Infinite Energy Center. Parking is ...

January 29, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


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