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January 12, 2009

Owls of N.H.; Bluegill Blitz Featured in Latest N.H. Wildlife Journal

CONCORD, N.H. - Can you name the four owl species that regularly nest in New Hampshire?  An article in the latest issue of New Hampshire Wildlife Journal magazine (January-February 2009) gives you a close-up look at and some remarkable stories about New Hampshire's mysterious noctural birds of prey, including why last winter's harsh weather created a cruel challenge for some owls. 

Another article, "Bluegill Blitz," is a must-read for anglers heading out for action on the ice. You'll find out why the time of day, the gear you choose, and where you fish on a waterbody can all make a difference in your fishing success.  As a bonus, you'll meet Minnesota's "Mr. Ice Fishing," Dave Genz, who was bowled over by New Hampshire's bluegill bonanza. 

Also in this issue of the Journal, the state's only magazine dedicated to fish and wildlife conservation and recreation, read about how fish and wildlife education programs are bringing students outside for real-life science in the wild - even in the depths of winter.

Regular columns bring you Warden's Watch, Wild Ways, Kids Corner and more, including plans for a home-built bobhouse!  In the current Naturalist's Notebook, get to know more about that flashy visitor to your birdfeeder, the American goldfinch. Conservation News reports on the newly formed Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, as well as the story of how 9-year-old Keith Locke, who suffers from a form of muscular dystrophy, followed his dream to go on a successful moose Hunt of a Lifetime.

Not a subscriber to New Hampshire Wildlife Journal?  The magazine is published 6 times a year by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  Subscriptions are just $12 for one year -- that's 40% off the newsstand price -- or $20 for two years.  To read sample articles, subscribe or purchase gift subscriptions for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life, visit www.WildNH.com/Wildlife_Journal/WJ_mag.htm.  Single issues are available for $2.95 each from N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301.

New Hampshire Wildlife Journal magazine contains no advertising, and subscription revenue helps N.H. Fish and Game conserve, manage and protect the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats; promote conservation education; and create opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Granite State.

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