Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Online registration is now open for all Montgomery County 4-H Summer Camps!
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
The 2014 Montgomery County Friend of Extension Award was recently presented to Bill Bushnell, District Director for State Representative Marcy Toepel, for his many years of support to Extension.
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there's a flat surface -- meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly.
The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation is dedicated to effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good.
One of the highlights of the annual Montgomery County 4-H Fair is the celebrity competition that takes place on the last day of the fair.
Never tried canning? There’s no better time to start.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recently announced that they are expanding the quarantine area in Southeast PA for thousand cankers disease of black walnut.
The Penn State Master Watershed Steward program in Montgomery County will be training a new class of volunteers this year.
Our Master Gardeners and Horticulture Assistants are on duty Monday through Friday, April through October, to answer your gardening questions!
How do we motivate limited resource youth to make healthy food choices and increase physical activity? Penn State Nutrition Links Nutrition Education Adviser, Eileen Johanssen, has been hanging out with the third graders in Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Bethlehem, Northampton County helping to answer that question!
The barriers impeding resource stressed families from attending Nutrition Links nutrition education programs include family responsibilities, transportation issues, and work schedules.
You may not have seen many of the adult beetles, but conditions were ideal during egg-laying.
WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
Maybe you can extend your gardening time, or if not, here are a couple of things to prepare for the winter season - for both your kitchen and your garden.
Invasive species such as Asian longhorned beetles and emerald ash borers, which often arrive as infestations in wooden packing crates, are a growing problem in the United States. A Penn State collaboration is developing a new heat treatment program for solid wood packaging materials to help prevent these kinds of destructive pests from reaching our shores.
This article from the Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) contains information on protecting other species, particularly raptors, from accidental poisoning and death. The Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) specializes in finding non-toxic and least toxic, integrated pest management (IPM) solutions to urban and agricultural pest problems.
Whether planted as a specimen or patio tree in a naturalized or formal setting, this versatile native to eastern coastal wetlands, low woods and ponds’ edges from Massachusetts to Florida and west to Texas, has much to offer.