After 32 years of service to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Wildlife Management director Cal DuBrock announced Tuesday at the quarterly meeting of the board of game commissioners he is retiring effective August 1.
Reflecting on his time with the PGC, DuBrock said that in 1987, when he moved from a previous post to begin work with the Bureau of Wildlife Management, there were a total of approximately 12 full-time biologists in the agency. Today, he said, there are almost that many working within the Wildlife Diversity Division.
DuBrock gave credit to the administration, including current and previous executive directors and boards of commissioners for effecting positive change. He said he is proud of what has been accomplished during his tenure and that he expects the progression to continue in his absence.
"I look forward to this agency continuing to serve the people in the Commonwealth," DuBrock said. "I look forward to this agency continuing to advance wildlife conservation."
PGC executive director Matt Hough and the board recognized DuBrock for his work, presenting him with a framed wildlife art print.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission waterways conservation officer Doug Daniels will present the program "Pennsylvania's Native Reptiles and Amphibians" today, beginning at 6 p.m., at Locust Lake Amphitheatre, Locust Lake State Park, Barnesville. As part of the program, Daniels will speak about the differences between venomous and non-venomous snakes, habitat and diet and some live specimens will be used in the presentation.
Educators from certified school teachers to volunteer instructors can improve their knowledge of wildlife and other aspects of the outdoors by enrolling this summer in Project WILD professional-development courses sponsored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and held at various locations.
Anyone who works with youth qualifies for enrollment in these wildlife-focused workshops, no matter if they are a teacher who acts as a club advisor, a scout leaders or merely a volunteer instructor at a youth camp. Since the Project WILD began in 1983 more than 1-million educators have been trained in the program, and all workshops are approved for Act 48 hours.
Complete details and information about the various workshops being offered this summer can be obtained on the PGC website at www.pgc.state.pa.us by clicking "2014 Educator Workshops."
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," winner of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association's best outdoors radio program award hosted by award-winning POWA member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at www.wmgh.com by clicking the link to the program, features Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission waterways conservation officer Mark Pisko.
First Frontier Militia, the muzzleloader group associated with Bowmanstown Rod and Gun Club, Gun Club Road, located off Route 248, will hold a shoot Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For information call Ken Milburn at 610-767-6222 or Dave Algard at 610-760-8333.
A 30-target, 3-D hunting course is open daily from dawn to dusk, except Sundays from 1-4 p.m. for trap, at Bear's Head Archery, located off Exit 134, I-81, Delano. For information call the club at 570-467-0331.
Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m., at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center on Mauch Chunk Lake between Jim Thorpe and Summit Hill. For information call 570-454-4862 or 570-233-0099.