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May 10, 2012

Purple Finch, Kayak Fishing and Merrimack River Wildlife Heritage Trail: All in the Latest Issue of N.H. Wildlife Journal

Purple finch - cover of May-June 2012 NH Wildlife Journal

CONCORD, N.H. – The brilliant purple finch on the cover of the latest issue of New Hampshire Wildlife Journal is an irresistible lead-in for a story about New Hampshire's raspberry-dipped state bird, now only half as common as it was 40 years ago. Learn some new finch facts and have fun testing your finch identification skills – are those red-tinged birds you've been seeing purple finches or male house finches?  Now you'll know!

Also in this issue, two veteran New Hampshire anglers share their kayak fishing tactics.  Whether you're casting a line during a lazy Saturday afternoon float or setting off on a serious salmon fishing expedition, these versatile small boats are a great way to go.

Get inspired for summer wildlife watching as you explore the Merrimack River Wildlife Heritage Trail.  This “virtual trail” is close to home for many Granite Staters, highlighting unique natural sites in the lower Merrimack River watershed that offer an interesting mix of bird watching, wildlife viewing, historical and educational opportunities.

The Journal is the state’s only magazine dedicated to fish and wildlife conservation and recreation. In this issue, you'll learn about the prehistoric-looking snapping turtle, the life cycle of the wild turkey, how biologists are studying whether local laws can help reduce bear-human conflicts, and news of a slim ray of hope for New Hampshire's beleaguered bats.  As always, enjoy the entertaining adventures of Conservation Officers on the job in Warden's Watch, on the trail of fish poachers, "turkeys hunting turkeys" and even an elusive raccoon with the munchies.

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.

Subscribe by May 31, 2012, and we’ll send you the current issue absolutely free! 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. Subscription revenue helps the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department conserve and manage the state's fish and wildlife, promote conservation education and create opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Granite State. Visit www.wildnh.com.

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