News and Events

Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program partners host a range of events from plant and wildlife themed conferences and workshops to hikes and volunteer opportunities. View PNHP partners’ events websites and learn about special events in the “Upcoming Events” slideshow below.

Check Heritage News below for the most recent issue of Wild Heritage News and for announcements, including Pennsylvania species status updates and new resources available on the PNHP website. Archived issues of Wild Heritage News are available here.


Upcoming Events

Visit events calendars and special event websites hosted by partners of PNHP by clicking on our slideshow.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Find workshops, meetings, and educational events about Pennsylvania birds and mammals.
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission View a calendar of events that includes fishing, boating, and water rescue courses as well as meetings and conferences about aquatic wildlife.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Join educational workshops, hikes, and other outdoor events on state parks and state forests across Pennsylvania.

Heritage News

Read the latest Wild Heritage News and stay up-to-date on other PNHP news, like the most recent changes to the environmental review species list. Subscribe to the Wild Heritage News and receive an email alert when the next issue becomes available. Sign up today.

Wild Heritage News Issue 35 Cover

November 15, 2019

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on field learning experiences for young scientists and more. View the issue here.




Pennsylvania iMapinvasive Newsletter #11 Cover

October 1, 2019

Pennsylvania iMapinvasive Newsletter

The latest issue of the Pennsylvania iMapInvasives newsletter is available. View the issue here. In this issue, you will find the following stories.

  • Melissa Althouse of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge provides details on the decline of multiflora rose at the refuge, thanks to a herd of hungry goats from Allegheny GoatScape.
  • Ellyn Campbell of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission describes efforts to eradicate quagga mussels from the Billmeyer Quarry in Lancaster County.
  • Caitlyn Miller, a summer intern with Berks Nature, highlights her newfound understanding of the issue of invasive species and how the iMapInvasives mobile app is a useful resource to document invasive species findings.
  • Tamara Peffer of the Pennsylvania Department of Education comments on the usefulness of the iMapInvasives platform in regards to curriculum for elementary-aged students.
  • Lindsey-Rose Flowers of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association provides encouraging words related to her use of iMapInvasives to perform restoration efforts in an urban stream setting.




Conservation Opportunity Area Tool

September 13, 2019

Conservation Opportunity Area Tool

The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently announced publication of the new Conservation Opportunity Area Tool. This free, innovative and interactive web-based map puts features of the 2015-2025 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan at your fingertips.

The Wildlife Action Plan is the Commonwealth’s proactive, non-regulatory blueprint for addressing the needs of imperiled and declining species, referred to as Species of Greatest Conservation Need. This tool was designed to support conservation planning and guide implementation of conservation actions to support these at-risk species.

The Conservation Opportunity Area Tool, available at https://wildlifeactionmap.pa.gov is free, though users must first register and accept the terms and conditions. The Conservation Opportunity Area Tool will be helpful for a variety of users wanting to know more about what to do for Species of Greatest Conservation Need on their property, or those just curious about what is in an area.

Importantly, the Conservation Opportunity Area Tool is not intended for environmental project review purposes. Activities requiring Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI) reviews must be conducted through Pennsylvania Conservation Explorer.

Read the full news release here or here.




Wild Heritage News Issue 34 Cover

August 16, 2019

Wild Heritage News

The latest edition of the PNHP Quarterly Newsletter is available. This issue includes articles on surveying for globally rare butterflies and more. View the issue here.




Issue

Date

Brief

34 August 16, 2019 This issue includes articles on surveying for globally rare butterflies and more. View the issue here.
33 May 31, 2019 This issue includes articles on Changing our minds about Fungi and documenting insect declines. View the issue here.
32 November 7, 2018 This issue includes articles on climate change and a recently discovered moth species that is new to Pennsylvania. View the issue here.
31 August 13, 2018 This issue includes articles on mysterious plant populations and emerging invasive plants threats in Pennsylvania. View the issue here.
30 May 18, 2018 This issue includes articles on invasive species and the large yellow lady's slipper. View the issue here.
29 March 8, 2018 This issue includes articles on networking with conservation organizations. View the issue here.
28 November 3, 2017 This issue includes articles on the return of the Piping Plover and Peat Moses of Pennsylvania. View the issue here.
27 August 24, 2017 This issue includes articles on the peatlands of the Poconos and species threatened by the loss of ash trees. View the issue here.
26 May 19, 2017 This issue includes articles on Wood Turtle populations in Pennsylvania and Vernal Pool habitat restoration and construction. View the issue here.
25 February 22, 2017 This issue includes a summary of the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program's work in 2016 and an article on species distribution modeling. View the issue here.
24 November 7, 2016 This issue includes articles on threatened and endangered mussel recovery efforts and interior birds of the PA Wilds region. View the issue here.
23 August 17, 2016 This issue includes articles on conducting ecological inventories in State Parks and the plants of Ohiopyle and the Youghiogheny river gorge. View the issue here.
22 May 20, 2016 This issue includes articles on the plants and animals of Spring and freshwater mussel inventories. View the issue here.
21 February 22, 2016 This issue includes articles on peatland wetlands and the 2015 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan. View the issue here.
20 November 9, 2015 This issue includes articles on Pennsylvania Natural Communities and Emerging Diseases in PA Amphibians and Reptiles. View the issue here.
19 August 11, 2015 This issue includes articles on the Pennsylvania Mammal Atlas, the Pennsylvania Conservation Explorer Planning and Environmental Review tool and Bryophyte and Lichen Diversity. View the issue here.
18 May 15, 2015 This issue includes articles on Beaver and Chester Natural Heritage County updates and the Natural Communities and Heritage of Raccoon Creek State Park. View the issue here.
17 February 20, 2015 This issue includes articles on Freshwater Mussel Surveys and the Aquatic Vegetation of the Delaware River. View the issue here.
16 October 28, 2014 This issue includes articles on the Berks County Natural Heritage Inventory update and Pennsylvania Crayfish. View the issue here.
15 August 11, 2014 This issue includes articles on tracking the West Virginia White Butterfly, Piping Plovers on Presque Isle, and volunteering in data management. View the issue here.
14 April 30, 2014 This issue includes articles on Bryophytes and Lichens of Dry Oak Heath Forest Communities, plants at the edge of their range, and preserving species records. View the issue here.
13 February 18, 2014 his issue includes articles on Northeastern bulrush, conservation planning on state game lands, and dragonfly skins. View the issue here.
12 November 15, 2013 This issue includes articles on invasive aquatic plants, limestone habitats, and the fly poison borer moth. View the issue here.
11 August 30, 2013 This issue includes articles on conservation planning in the Lehigh Valley Greenways and the giant swallowtail. View the issue here.
10 May 10, 2013 This issue includes articles on winter field and museum work, and botanical work supported by the Wild Resource Conservation Program. View the issue here.
9 February 27, 2013 This issue includes the Erie County Natural Heritage Inventory update, the Pennsylvania Botany Symposium, photos captured by trail cameras used in mammal surveys, and a new address for our Middletown staff. View the issue here.
8 November 13, 2012 This quarter, the newsletter highlights PNHP projects in the far eastern and far western parts of the state. View the issue here.
7 August 17, 2012 Our feature articles for the second quarter of 2012 include a Bioblitz survey at Kings Gap State Park, a new database called FIND, and unique insect life at Slaughtering Ground Barrens. We have also included a new section that highlights collaborative projects. View the issue here.
6 May 9, 2012 Our feature articles for the first quarter of 2012 include the recently completed Cameron County Natural Heritage Inventory, a mussel study of the Allegheny River Navigational Pools, and an often overlooked group of plants, the Bryophytes. We also have an update on some interesting work on Bureau of Forestry Lands. View the issue here.
5 February 2, 2012 Our feature articles this quarter highlight the green salamander and the Butler County Natural Heritage Inventory Update. View the issue here.
4 November 2, 2011 Our feature articles this quarter highlight PNHP activities focused on the Water Shrew, Wetland Plant Community Classification, and the Pike and Delaware County Inventories. View the issue here.
3 August 15, 2011 Our feature articles this quarter highlight PNHP activities focused on the Northeastern Terrestrial Habitat Classification System, the Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum, and Implementation Plans for Conservation Greenways. View the issue here.
2 May 5, 2011 Our feature articles this quarter highlight PNHP projects focused on vernal pools and private landowners, a new web application in our County Inventory Program, and a collaborative approach to resource management in the Big Pine Flats area within Michaux State Forest. View the issue here.
1 March 8, 2011 Our feature articles this quarter highlight PNHP projects focused on the Blanding's turtle and Scotia Barrens. View the first issue here.

 

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