Outdoors

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 ...

State forest road to close

WELLSBORO — The Tioga State Forest announces that portions of Painter-Leetonia Road in Elk Township, Tioga County, will be closed effective Monday, due to tree removal. The road is south of Colton Point State Park. The locations of the temporary road closure will be the intersection ...

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Successful anglers line up for a photo with their catches from a previous year’s trout derby sponsored by Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club near Mansfield.

Youth ready for club’s 5th annual trout derby

MANSFIELD — A hearty bunch of young ladies and men donated their time earlier this month to stock trout for the fifth annual kids trout derby sponsored by the Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club. Hundreds of trout from Arnot Sportsman’s Club and Morris Rod and Gun Club were scooped, hauled ...

Register now for Upper Pine Creek trout derby

Anglers who register by May 1 for the 27th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament will save $5 on the fee for adults. The tournament, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 along a ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BROWN
Two male flickers perform territorial behavior on a lawn in South Williamsport on April 10.

Watch for unique ground-feeding woodpeckers

Think of a bird that you would expect to see on the ground. Perhaps you might think of the American robin or some sort of sparrow. But what about a woodpecker? The northern flicker is a common woodpecker that feeds on the ground and primarily eats ants. It is the most widespread and ...

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Morgan Craft and her dad, Dave, who also was one of her first shooting coaches, display a poster honoring her during the Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks’ recent annual banquet.

Olympian: Encourage children to succeed, support their dreams

HUGHESVILLE — The list of Olympic skeet shooter Morgan Craft’s accomplishments are so extensive that, in presenting her with a Distinguished Service Award from the Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks, the group’s president, Dayl McClintock, said the award should be renamed the ...

OUTDOOR BRIEFS

Volunteers needed to help clear trail The Alpine Club of Williamsport is seeking volunteers to help clear the Loyalsock Trail today and on April 23 and May 7. Work will include clearing the footpath, trimming limbs that block views of blazes and checking blazes and mile markers for tight ...

Semiautomatic rifles now OK to use for hunting small game, furbearers

HARRISBURG — Hunters heading afield in the 2017-18 seasons will be able to carry semiautomatic rifles for hunting small game and furbearers — but not for big game — based on regulatory changes approved Tuesday by the state Board of Game Commissioners. The commissioners in January ...

Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club begins spring with busy April

MANSFIELD — The Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club, 339 Sportsman’s Club Road, kicks off springtime with a busy month. Among its activities are the following events, which are open to the public as well as members. For more information, call the contact person listed or visit the club’s ...

DEP to gather Pennsylvanians’ input on environmental justice

State Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell is hosting nine roundtables across the state over the next two months to meet with residents and hear their perspectives on environmental justice. In Williamsport, a session will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ...

2 clubs will hold a NRA pistol course

Two area sportsman’s clubs will offer the NRA Basic Pistol Course this year. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6 and Sept. 9 at Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club, 4646 Route 287 in Wellsboro, and on May 20 and Sept. 16 at Lambs Creek Sportsman’s Club, 339 Sportsman’s Club Road ...

Youth fishing derby planned

The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will hold a children’s fishing derby on June 3 at the Sheshequin campgrounds, 7 miles north of Trout Run on Route 14 at the Marsh Hill bridge. Children up to age 13 are eligible to participate. The derby will be held rain or shine, and the area is handicap ...

Thai jungle seen as breeding ground for Indochinese tigers

BANGKOK — Conservationists say they have evidence that the critically endangered Indochinese tiger is breeding in a Thai jungle, giving hope for the survival of an animal whose total population may be less than 300. Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant ...

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A male trumpeter swan, identified 
by its wing tags 
as M78, flies over 
Rose Valley Lake 
in Gamble Township on March 25.

Trumpeter swan makes a rare appearance at Rose Valley Lake

Last Saturday I awoke to a text saying that a friend had found a trumpeter swan at Rose Valley Lake. This species is rare enough in our area that a serious birder knows to skip breakfast and get to the lake as quickly as possible, or risk not getting the species for the yearly county ...

State: Pheasant permit will be needed for next hunting season

Adult and senior hunters in Pennsylvania who pursue pheasants will need to purchase a pheasant permit in addition to a general hunting license in the 2017-18 license year. Junior hunters will not need a permit. The state Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to creating a ...

Register now for Upper Pine Creek trout derby

Anglers who register by May 1 for the 27th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament will save $5 on the fee for adults. The tournament, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club, will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 along a ...

In the parks

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 April 8 — Spring Cleanup Day, 9 a.m., meet at the Environmental Learning Center. Registration encouraged by April 6 by calling 814-625-9369. Gloves and gear provided. Coffee provided at 8:30 a.m. April 15 — Saturday Morning Stroll, 10 ...

Wildlife in the news

CWD reaches Wyoming’s Green River Basin JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A contagious neurological disease that causes elk, deer and moose to wither away and die has spread to Wyoming’s Green River Basin. The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Wyoming Game and Fish Department technicians ...