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State parks’ junior ranger program an afordable option

ATLANTA - Not sure what to do with the kids this summer? Skip the pricey summer camps and head to Georgia's state parks for affordable fun and educational adventures with the Junior Ranger Program and Day Camp. Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited to explore Georgia's wildlife, nature and fascinating history first-hand as they earn their way through three badge levels.

June 22, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Drivers should watch for wildlife in road

FORSYTH - Forget the chicken: Why did the turtle cross the road?

June 22, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Researchers study litter found on reef

According to scientists stationed at Gray's Reef Marine Sanctuary, there's no doubt people and their waste affect the delicate 25 mile coral reef that sits 60 feet below the water off the Georgia coast.

June 22, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Outdoors/Recreation


Tagging one of five research projects at Gray's Reef

Early Tuesday, as the sun was just rising, Capt. Todd Recicar with the NOAA cruised 25 miles off the Georgia Coast, ending his hour long trip by anchoring his boat in the middle of the dark blue Atlantic.

June 19, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Outdoors/Recreation


New plant proponents praise job fair

Power4Georgians, a consortium of Georgia EMCs that is building Plant Washington in Washington County, had its first job fair related to the plant at Sandersville Technical College on May 28. The event attracted 340 area residents who came to learn more about the jobs that will be available during and after construction of the plant. More than 1,500 jobs will be created once the plant is cleared for construction, and more than 120 permanent full-time jobs will remain after the plant opens.

June 15, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Trout a common catch right now

Hello friends and fellow fishermen, Tight Line Jr. here. Ol' Tight Line says hello to everyone, and he hopes you are doing well and catching fish.

June 15, 2009 | Allen and Donnie Branch Tight Line column | Outdoors/Recreation


Local lands record barracuda

Liberty County resident angler Kenny Fusell caught a world record Pacific barracuda along the coast of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica on June 4. The International Game Fishing Association recently opened a new category for barracuda declaring them a game fish in the Pacific. Fusell shows off his prize catch along with captain and friend Bobby McGuinness, IGFA's captain of the year 2006. The Fish weighed 5.2 pounds and was later consumed at happy hour. Fussell would like to thank "Pato" for guarding the fish with his life.

June 15, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Saving endangereds: St. Catherines Wildlife Center doing its part

In the interior of St. Catherines Island, deer roam freely and wild hogs jog playfully throughout the woods. Suddenly, in the distance you hear a sound definitely not native to the area.

June 08, 2009 | Patty Leon Sports editor | Outdoors/Recreation


Local waters teeming with fish

Hello, folks. Tight Line Jr. here. Ole' Tight Line says hello to everyone.

June 08, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Time to celebrate turtle season

JEKYLL ISLAND - The Jekyll Island Authority is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the 2009 sea turtle nesting season with a series of family-fun activities. Advanced registration is required for some of the events and can be found at www.jekyllisland.com/nestfest.

June 08, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: The lowdown on toads

All toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads. While most frogs have moist, smooth skin and long legs for leaping, typical toads have dry, warty

June 08, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Barring people for the sake of bats

SOCIAL CIRCLE - If you build it, they won't come.

June 08, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Riverkeepers mark 10th anniversary

The Altamaha Riverkeepers' 10-year anniversary celebration is at noon Saturday, June 6, at the Laurens County Sportsmen's Club. The meeting will include a report on the Altamaha Riverkeepers' water-monitoring study on the Oconee River in the Dublin area.

June 05, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


One hungry bear can ruin a camping trip

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Whether a summer camping trip or a stay at a cozy cabin in the woods, there's always a possibility for a black bear sighting or encounter in North Georgia. With more than 75 established campgrounds and an estimated 1,200-1,500 black bears in North Georgia, campers should always be aware and prepared for a black bear encounter. The key to preventing an unfavorable experience is to properly store food and garbage.

June 01, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Head to state parks for national trails day

ATLANTA - Georgians of all ages will lace up their hiking boots and pull out their paddles as they celebrate National Trails Day on June 6. Public events are scheduled in many of the state's most scenic parks and historic sites, such as Skidaway Island, Etowah Indian Mounds and Sweetwater Creek. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day is held the first Saturday of each June and highlights 200,000 miles of trails that crisscross our nation.

June 01, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


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Weather may be rainy; coastal fishing fine

Hello folks. I sure hope everyone out there in the beautiful southeast Georgia Coast is enjoying our unseasonably warm weather.

January 23, 2017 | By Donny Branch Fishing columnist | Outdoors/Recreation


Youngsters can sharpen bird ID skills

It's time for young birders to begin honing their bird-identifying skills as they prepare for the 12th annual Georgia Youth Birding Competition, set for ...

January 23, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Review: 4 outdoor products for winter

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — The winter sports season is in full force and the ski resorts have been getting solid snowfall, creating excellent powder opportunities. Overall ...

January 21, 2017 | Grant Olsen KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


How I plan to combat the distorted body images on social media

Years ago, I wrote a column about my frustration toward magazines that perpetuated unrealistic body images. I was angry that my young daughters were growing ...

January 17, 2017 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Outdoors/Recreation


Take crunchy shrimp to playoffs

Hello friends and neighbors. This week I have a little spiced-up shrimp recipe I thought you may like to try while watching some of the ...

January 16, 2017 | By Donnie Branch Columnist | Outdoors/Recreation


More than 60,000 take First Day Hike

ATLANTA - Across the nation, thousands of Americans started 2017 off on the "right foot" by attending a First Day Hike in America's state parks ...

January 11, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Hearings will help shape hunting laws

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Hunters and others interested are encouraged to attend any of eight upcoming public meetings regarding the development of proposed hunting regulations for the ...

January 09, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


3 different ways to cook wild game

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — With only a handful of hunts left to close before the big game season is over, most hunters are kicking back and ...

January 07, 2017 | Spencer Durrant KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


Tips for the beginner skier, snowboarder

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — January marks the beginning of a new year. For many of us, this means new goals are set with the hopes of ...

January 04, 2017 | Lindy Phippen Smith KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


Showing kindness to ourselves may be the healthiest goal of all

Goodbye and good riddance 2016. I doubt I was the only one doing a jig of joy when the ball dropped and ushered in a ...

January 04, 2017 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Outdoors/Recreation


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