Outdoors

BECKY LOCK/Sun-Gazette
A pink-and-white striped clematis grows outside the photographer’s city home.

Easy-to-grow clematis come in 3 major types

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners.) Q: I think clematises are beautiful. Are they hard to grow? A: Clematises are not hard to grow and a real bonus is that they can live for 50 years or more. There are hundreds of varieties of ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BROWN
While walking in Loyalsock State Forest on June 12, the photographer spotted this dark-eyed junco.

Summer birding — mostly by ear — in a state forest

On a recent morning I walked along a gated road through the Loyalsock State Forest in high elevation forested habitat at the southern end of the Allegheny Plateau. I had been to the spot a few times but never during summer and wanted to survey what birds were nesting in the area. I was ...

OUT & ABOUT

Garden tour is today MIFFLINBURG — The Mifflinburg Garden Tour will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today, and tickets may be purchased at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, 598 Green St. The tour proceeds benefit the museum. Brochures provided with tickets will guide visitors from garden to garden, ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
These mountain laurel flowers are just beginning to open.

REFLECTIONS IN NATURE: Mountain laurel

The mountain laurel, which is in bloom now, became Pennsylvania’s state flower by Act 107 on May 5, 1933. Gifford Pinchot, who was the “father” of American forest conservation, nominated it. His wife, Cornelia, then successfully used her influence to have the legislators vote for the ...

Real estate transactions filed

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County courthouse: Loyalsock Township • Richard F. and Elizabeth A. Schluter to Christopher D. and Jamie M. Vassallo, $337,500, 1144 Avalon Parkway. • Dwayne A. and Elizabeth Koons to William T. Young, $98,000, 1829 Mountainview ...

Ruffed Grouse Society to host benefit habitat shoot

MIDDLEBURY CENTER — The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its inaugural habitat benefit shoot on July 15 at Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays & Game Farm, 619 Leon Brown Road. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support projects to create young forest ...

Construction to begin on Route 154 bridge in Forks Township

Construction for the Route 154 bridge spanning Double Run in Forks Township, Sullivan County, is scheduled to begin as part of the state’s Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Sullivan ...

Governor promotes designated driving, highlights awareness events

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the state Department of Transportation, the state police and local police agencies urge travelers across the state to designate a sober driver and buckle their seat belts through the Independence Day holiday weekend. Partnerships throughout the state look to ...

Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings

Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on June 16, according to the agency’s website: • Lycoming County Wildlife Conservation Officer Jonathan M. Wyant reports observing several bucks sporting visible racks. • Clearfield ...

Dam opening now delayed for weeks

AUSTIN — Sinnemahoning State Park has announced that sediment removal from the George B. Stevenson reservoir has been completed but weather conditions have slowed progress of paving and modifications being made to mooring and launch area. Park officials have extended the opening of the lake ...

Top prize not netted at trout derby

More than 450 people registered for the 27th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament on May 20-21, but no one walked away with the top prize of $1,000 in cash. Two of the 461 anglers won $500 cash. Of the 250 tagged fish stocked in Pine Creek by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile ...

Experts choose favorite plants for containers

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This feature is answered by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners. Readers who wish to submit a question to be answered by these experts may email it to region@sungazette.com. Questions also should include the reader’s full name, phone number and town of residence. ...

Revamped Sunday Region section now includes Outdoors news

The Sun-Gazette recently consolidated its Sunday Region and Outdoors sections into one combined section, which generally will be the “B” section every week. Outdoors formerly was the “F” section. With this consolidation will come some changes to content because instead of having six ...

OUT & ABOUT

Otzinachson group, society plan hikes The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region. They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to ...

In the parks

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 May 13 — Bald Eagle Bird Day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free; registration required and opens May 1. Learn about bird identification, bird watch by kayak, build a bluebird house to take home, experience live mammals and raptors, dissect owl pellets ...

Afield with Friends: Improve your catch with strike indicators

I discovered years ago I could fool more trout if I could detect the slightest bump on my imitation fly. I also learned, when guiding clients with little casting experience, using a strike indicator when fishing nymphs would help in the learning process to help them be good nymphers. That ...

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program moving closer to Lycoming County

A statewide initiative that puts out highly trained natural science envoys is moving closer to the area and looking for individuals who are ready to take on the rewarding challenge of connecting people to their ecosystems. The Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program is a venture directed ...

State parks to hold public activities

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 April 19 — Spring Bird Walk Series, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Meet at the main park office, then explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned. Excellent opportunity for individuals seeking to learn more about bird ...

Outdoor Briefs

Artist to present program about Pa. mammals Do black bears really hibernate? Are there any flying mammals in Pennsylvania? If you stumble upon a fisher out on your favorite trout stream, will it necessarily be wearing rubber waders? Starting at 6 p.m. Monday, local artist and outdoorsman ...