Rob Pavey blogs green issues and the outdoors life

By: Rob Pavey on February 4, 2010 - 10:07am - Add new comment

This is the time of year when everyone is buzzing about the Academy Awards. It's also the dormant period that begins after hunting season and persists until spring fishing gets cranked up.

For me, it's a great time to enjoy indoor hobbies associated with the outdoors. My favorite one revolves around my passion for antique fishing lures.

This week, I've sent along a photo gallery of some of my favorite "Fishing Lure Superlatives" to my friends up at Field & Stream magazine, which I have read and enjoyed since childhood.

By: Rob Pavey on January 28, 2010 - 4:26pm - Add new comment

Our Sunday outdoors column that mentioned Georgia's new study of coyotes helped underscore an important point. Some people love them and some people hate them. There is no middle ground.

Georgia's Wildlife Resources Department gets plenty of complaints from farmers and hunters alike that the predatory canines are killing livestock and deer. Coyotes also feed heavily on newborn fawns during the spring, but their effect on deer populations is largely unknown.

By: Rob Pavey on January 25, 2010 - 12:38pm - Add new comment

In an odd twist of fate, it appears the biggest future battle over the Savannah River might not involve what is taken out—but what goes in.

We’re talking about treated sewage generated by cities, factories, power plants—even runoff from thunderstorms that sweeps unwanted materials into our waterways.

During two day-long conferences held in Augusta and North Augusta last week, environmental regulators from both states mentioned the staggering load the Savannah River already bears in terms of its ability to safely assimilate wastewater.

By: Rob Pavey on January 18, 2010 - 7:35pm - Add new comment

Few things are as perpetual as a cemetery, and few cemeteries are as fascinating as the one at Di-Lane Plantation, where some of the finest and most-loved bird dogs rest beneath moss-covered oaks.

I was down there last week to cover a ceremony renaming the Di-Lane stables after longtime Georgia Field Trials official Lamar Mobley, whose contributions to quail hunting helped give nearby Waynesboro its distinction as the “Bird Dog Capital of the World.” Our column on Lamar, and his contributions, ran Sunday on our outdoors page.

By: Rob Pavey on January 18, 2010 - 1:35pm - Add new comment

Few things are as perpetual as a cemetery, and few cemeteries are as fascinating as the one at Di-Lane Plantation, where some of the finest and most-loved bird dogs rest beneath moss-covered oaks.

By: Rob Pavey on January 14, 2010 - 11:13am - Add new comment

On paper, the annual mid-winter census of waterfowl and bald eagles at Thurmond Lake shows a decline in most species. In reality, I think they’re just a little harder to find this year.

The Jan. 7 study, which involved day-long patrols by 12 teams of spotters using boats and automobile routes, only yielded nine eagles, compared to 19 last winter.

Similarly, the numbers of the most common ducks and waterfowl were down significantly. Canada geese, for example, totaled 272 last week, compared to more than 800 last year. And spotters counted 3,606 coots—far fewer than last year.

By: Rob Pavey on January 7, 2010 - 2:54pm - Add new comment

South Carolina had little to say last month when Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Water Task Force mentioned using the Savannah River to shore up Atlanta’s dwindling supply. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t watching. They were.

Now the state that shares the 250-mile river with Georgia—but uses far less of its water—is taking some actions of its own to stay in the loop as lofty new discussions emerge about the region’s largest and most important waterway.

By: Rob Pavey on December 21, 2009 - 6:34pm - Add new comment

How’s your hyperspectral light source and high-energy collider acumen?

Even if you’re not up to speed on these technical fields, you’ll be gratified to know the people who pursue such pastimes are on our side—and are being honored next month by the government agency that maintains our nation’s nuclear weapons program.

By: Rob Pavey on December 3, 2009 - 1:15pm - Add new comment

Think your job has its share of headaches?

Presiding over Savannah River Site’s environmental and tritium programs was worth a $570,008 annual salary for one top executive—and he left after just two years.

The figure was revealed in a government Web site that tracks American Recovery & Reinvestment Act spending and requires major recipients to divulge salaries of their top five officers.

By: Rob Pavey on November 20, 2009 - 3:02pm - Add new comment

Some parts of Burke County are so remote that even the armadillos can cross the road with little to fear.

There are big changes in the wind, though. Just last week, the Girard Mall—once the tiny community’s social hub—reopened its doors, and restarted its gas pumps, after being dormant for more than a year.

The new owner, Curt Ashe, already operated a small grocery just down the street. He decided to buy the mall and move into it.

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