Outdoor America 2014, Issue 4

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In this ​issue

  • 2014 National Convention

    Ikes gathered in California this summer to explore the theme of “Conservation Today for a Better Tomorrow.” League members have defended outdoor America for more than 90 years, working to ensure healthy natural resources for future generations. At our 2014 convention, we celebrated the League’s achievements and explored the path forward.

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  • Youth Activity: Tracking Wildlife

    Finding animal tracks is exciting for kids, especially trying to figure out which animal made the tracks and what the animal was doing. In this activity, you will look for signs of wildlife and make casts of any tracks you find.

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  • Tracks

    Whether making tracks yourself or following them in search of wildlife, here’s how to be more efficient in the woods.

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  • League Lines: Thrills and Chills at Winter Jamboree

    With a backdrop of snow and temperatures reaching an average of 29 degrees, the atmosphere is perfect to host a party – a party the Bill Cook Chapter calls Winter Jamboree. This annual event attracts people from all across the county with activities that showcase Wisconsin’s winter wonderland.

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  • League Lines: Veterans Day of Gratitude

    In a show of gratitude and support for military veterans, the Washington County Chapter (Maryland) hosted its third annual Wounded Warrior Day. The veterans served in Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan, but they all have one thing in common: PTSD.

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  • League Comments on Keystone XL

    The TransCanada Corporation is reapplying for a construction permit from the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from the tar sands of Alberta to oil refineries in Texas. The League submitted comments opposing the permit until certain conditions are met.

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  • League Lines: Scouting for Science and Outdoor Adventure

    When Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter (Virginia) member Patty Nunn wanted to test water quality on the chapter’s property, she called in the Scouts – Girl Scouts, that is. Nunn thought water quality monitoring would be a great opportunity to get the girls out in nature. The chapter accomplished that goal and much more.

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  • League Lines: Girl Scout Award Is for the Birds

    A young Girl Scout earned the Silver Award – the highest honor available to a Girl Scout Cadette (sixth, seventh, and eighth grades) – with a project at the League’s Arlington-Fairfax Chapter (Virginia) that was “for the birds.”

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  • League Lines: Marksmanship and Charity at Colorado Chapter

    The Pikes Peak Chapter was honored to host the Colorado State Trap Shoot in June. It was the chapter’s first time hosting the annual shooting competition sponsored by the Colorado State Trapshooting Association – and based on the event’s success, we’re sure it won’t be the last!

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  • League Lines: Shotgun Shoot and Cookout Fires Up Loudoun Skeet Range

    It’s the only active skeet range in Loudoun County, Virginia, but that hasn’t meant the facility at the Loudoun County Chapter is typically busy with shotgunners practicing for the fall hunting season. “Skeet boss” Chris Kerley has set a goal to fire up the range. And his first big effort opened with a bang when more than 25 people arrived for the first Fall Shotgun Shoot & Cookout.

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  • League Takes Part in Great Lakes Conference

    The Izaak Walton League was well represented at the 10th annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in September, which celebrated 10 years of progress in cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes and looked to the future by focusing on a wide range of conservation challenges and opportunities.

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  • 2014 National Scholarship Recipients

    The Izaak Walton League funds two $2,500 national scholarships each year to help educate tomorrow’s conservation leaders by supporting college students pursuing degrees in natural resources and related subjects.

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