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Study: mercury in fish widespread

WASHINGTON - No fish can escape mercury pollution.

August 24, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Protection sought for massive coral reef

FIFTY MILES OFF CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Deep beneath the crystalline blue surface of the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern U.S. lies a virtual rain forest of coral reefs so expansive the network is believed to be the world's largest.

A 23,000-square-mile area stretching from North Carolina to Florida is just part of that entire reef tract now being proposed for protection from potential damage by deep-sea commercial fishing and energy exploration.

August 18, 2009 | By Brian Skoloff Associated Press writer | Outdoors/Recreation


Many local anglers netting full catches

Hello, everyone. Tight Line Jr. here. Me and Ol' Tight Line were just sitting back talking about fishing and watching the rain.

August 17, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: Black rat snake is common

The black rat snake is one of the most common snakes in Georgia. Adults typically reach lengths of 3½-6 feet, but the record is about 8½ feet. This snake generally is solid black with white on its underside, although a faint pattern may show through on some individuals - possibly the result of breeding with another rat snake subspecies such as the gray rat snake or yellow rat snake.

August 17, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Jekyll festival invites bird lovers

JEKYLL ISLAND - Fall is just around the corner and the birds are coming. It is the perfect time for the seventh annual Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding and Nature Festival, set for Oct. 8-12 on Jekyll Island.

August 17, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Fish biting

Hello fellow fishermen and lady anglers, Tight Line Jr., here. Ol' Tight Line says hello and he is doing well and can't wait until the fall so he can wet a hook.

August 10, 2009 | Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


Chimney swift numbers swell for fall migration

Special to the Courier

August 10, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


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


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Girls on the Run 5K marks change of season

Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia and Lowcountry is gearing up for its 12th annual 5K, celebrating the end of the spring season.

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Commercial shrimp cast net license lottery set for June 6

BRUNSWICK - Officials at the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are planning for the 2018 commercial food shrimp cast net lottery.

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Young wildlife rarely abandoned, don’t need ‘rescue’

During the spring, it is not unusual for people to find seemingly "orphaned" young wildlife and want to help, but it is best to leave ...

April 13, 2018 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Going after Mr. Big Mouth Bass provides other distractions

The weather claims a high of 86 degrees one early March Saturday, with clear skies and winds 5-10 knots. Early morning fog would be one ...

April 06, 2018 | By Ernie Mitchell Columnist | Outdoors/Recreation


Young wildlife don’t need ‘rescue’

During the spring, it is not unusual for people to come in contact with seemingly "orphaned" young wildlife and want to help – but it is ...

April 06, 2018 | Coastal Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Reasons your fitness progress may be stalling

“I work out five days a week, eat healthy and still can’t lose weight/gain muscle.”

April 04, 2018 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Outdoors/Recreation


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