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A History of the Susquehanna and Delaware River Basin Through the Perspective of the American Shad

Category: Season 4


Dr. Charles Hardy

West Chester University

Dr. Hardy is Professor of History at West Chester University and is the producer of award-winning public radio, video, and web-based documentaries and historical websites.

This is a comprehensive historical overview of the ups and downs of the American Shad population in the Delaware River watershed from precolonial times to the present day. It’s the story of how the Shad helped Pennsylvania’s leaders to understand the interrelationships over time of economic development, law, public health, resource management, the environment, and our culture.

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Weather Wise: Prepare and Be Safe

Category: Season 6

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Jeff Jumper

State Meteorologist, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

Jeff Jumper is the state meteorologist for the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Since 2015, Jeff has worked to better prepare the agency and its stakeholders for weather hazards through forecasts, outreach, partnerships, and training. Previously, Jeff spent nearly a decade as a broadcast meteorologist in Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Louisiana.

Winter weather provides challenges for all Pennsylvanians, but as we age it can get tougher to deal with what Mother Nature has to offer during the cold season. This MindMatters will cover some of Pennsylvania’s winter weather hazards and provide some preparedness and safety tips to help you through the winter.

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Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests Getting Involved!

Category: Season 7

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Marci Mowery, President

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation

A native of Lancaster County, Marci Mowery spent her youth exploring the natural areas of the county and the mountains near the family camp, which shaped her future as a professional conservation leader. Her 27-year career spans various positions with the National Audubon Society and as President of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. When not ‘speaking for the trees’, Marci enjoys exploring new places, trying new foods, and reading.

Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests provide a myriad of opportunities for engaging in the outdoors. Learn about the many values and benefits of spending time in the outdoors and explore easy ways to get involved in your local state parks and forests.

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Protecting Yourself from Tick Bites

Category: Season 8

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Dr. Erika Machtinger, Assistant Professor of Entomology Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Erika Machtinger holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, and a M.S. and PhD in Entomology from the University of Florida. Her research on ticks and tick-borne diseases started at the USDA in Maryland developing area-wide tools to control ticks. Currently, Dr. Machtinger is focused on improving tick control tools that homeowners can use and understanding more about the behavior of ticks to develop new control tools. Dr. Machtinger is also the team leader for the vector-borne disease team at Penn State Extension. The focus of the team is reducing the risk of tick and tick-borne disease exposure to people and animals throughout the Commonwealth.

The best offense is a good defense! In this presentation, participants will learn about avoidance, prevention, and reduction–and how each of these steps can help reduce the risk of tick bites and tick-borne disease. We can’t always be in control of our environment, but there are many things that we can do to help prevent tick bites!

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