Outdoor Briefs

Learn how to manage your woodlot

WASHINGTONVILLE – The Central Susquehanna Woodland Owners Association will sponsor a program called “Small Woodlot Management (Backyard Forestry)” at 1:30 p.m. today at the PPL Montour Preserve, 700 Preserve Road.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I like my woods. Should I leave them alone, or should I manage them?” If you are considering that critical question and would appreciate some expert insight, join state service forester Robert “Marty” Martynowych to learn how to manage small woodlots, as well as principles that can be applied to any size property.

In the outdoor program, Martynowych will cover how to attract the wildlife you would like to see, how to enhance native plants and trees already present in the woods, and how to control non-native, invasive nightmares such as multiflora rose.

Participants also will learn what products can be harvested from small woodlots and factors to consider for harvests in small woodlots.

For more information, call Henry Williams at 458-0157.

Information about and directions to the Montour Preserve can be found at www.pplpreserves.com/preserves/montour.

Take a hike with regional club

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 bring lunch and water on every hike.

Hikes will be held:

Today – Second annual Otz in the Park, R.B. Winter State Park, Union County. A casual get-together for Sierra Club members, friends and family, featuring easy hiking around the park, refreshments, conversation and a presentation by John Childe, attorney for the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation. Hikers should meet at Pavilion 1 at 11:30 a.m. Everyone else should meet at Pavilion 1 at 1:30 p.m. Festivities last until 4. For more information, email Nicole Faraguna at ndfhome@tds.net.

Saturday – Hunter Mountain, Catskills, N.Y., 4 miles, moderate. Meet in back of Wegmans in Williamsport at 6 a.m. Trip is 4.5 hours each way, but we’ll share driving. Bring lunch and water. We will stop for dinner in Woodstock after the hike. Leader: Richard Sahn, 435-2401, Richardsahn5@aol.com.

Sept. 21 – Sones Pond and Haystacks, Loyalsock Trail, Sullivan County, 6.5 miles, easy to moderate. We will hike the Loyalsock Trail from Sones Pond to the end of the LT on Route 220 via the Haystacks. Meet 8:30 am at the McDonald’s in Hughesville. Leader: Roy Fontaine 220-4707.

  • Sept. 28 – Rider Park, Lycoming County, 6.2 miles, easy to moderate. We will walk a figure-eight loop centered around the parking lot. Beginning hikers or hikers with children can bail after only 2 miles. Rider Park is a real gem and a good place to see migratory song birds. Meet on Warrensville Road next to Loyalsock Creek just beyond the Interstate 180 overpass over Warrensville Road at 8:30 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. at the parking area 1.6 miles up Calebs Creek Road. We should be done by noon. Leader: Roy Fontaine 220-4707.

Sept. 29 – Mid State Trail, Ravensburg State Park to Pine Road, Clinton County, 11 miles, strenuous. We begin our hike near Sand Spring Run and head north through Ravensburg State Park, hiking a portion of the native Americans’ historic Great Island Path before climbing to the spectacular vista at Round Top. Meet at Lewisburg Post Office at 8:30 a.m. or the Ravensburg park office along Route 880 at 9:15. Leader: Paul Shaw, 717-215-8339; pshaw@ptd.net.

Oct. 5 – Golden Eagle Trail, Lycoming County, 9 miles, moderate to strenuous. One of the best hikes in PA with excellent views. Meet at 7:50 a.m. at the Sovereign Bank parking lot, Southern Avenue between Market and Hastings Streets (Route 15) in South Williamsport or at the trail parking lot along Route 414 at 8:50 a.m. Leader: Roy Fontaine, 220-4707.

Oct. 6 – R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County, 12 miles, strenuous. We’ll hike a variety of trails to make a 12-mile loop. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Leader: Joe Rebar, 259-0134.

Celebrate butterflies and caterpillars

WASHINGTONVILLE – An annual celebration of butterflies will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at PPL’s Montour Environmental Preserve. Activities will begin with a program by Folk’s Butterfly Farm.

Sponsored by the Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, the free program will include a tour of a butterfly’s life cycle and live caterpillars and butterflies. Then, participants will tag and release some monarch butterflies and end the afternoon with a craft for the kids.

Meet at the Montour Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select “Montour” and then click on “Contacts and Directions.” For more information, contact the preserve at 437-3131 or jdbeam@pplweb.com.

Public invited to fishing, kayak demo and picnic

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a public meeting and demonstration on Sept. 11 at the Montoursville boat launch at the south end of Mill Street.

A picnic will begin at 5:30 p.m. with attendees bringing their own main dishes. After the meal, a demonstration of kayaks, paddling and fishing techniques will be held and the group will have a chance to try them out.

A short meeting will follow, including discussion of upcoming meeting topics, projects, recap of this summer’s unassessed waters survey results and, no doubt, some fishing stories.

Group organizes tour of sewer system

HUGHESVILLE – The Muncy Creek Watershed Association will provide a walking tour of the Hughesville sewer system at 10 a.m. Sept. 12. It is open to the public.

For directions, call Chalmer at 546-5548 or Ashley at 584-5227.

Enjoy campfire tales at PPL preserve

WASHINGTONVILLE – Gather around the campfire at the West Branch Group Camp Area at 7 p.m. Saturday with PPL Senior Naturalist Jon Beam. Listen to tales of mystery and humor, of people and animals.

You’ll hear folk tales and tall tales from around the world as we continue the age-old tradition of storytelling. Bring a folding chair or blanket. You’re welcome to bring marshmallows. If the weather does not cooperate, we will meet in the Environmental Education Center.

To reach the West Branch Campground from Route 44 in Exchange, turn onto Muncy-Exchange Road and proceed about 2 miles. Turn right onto the gated, gravel road across from Betz Road and follow it to the parking area near the end.

For more information, contact the preserve at 437-3131 or jdbeam@pplweb.com.

Try your hand at bow fishing

MILLERSTOWN – A bow fish tournament will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday at the Millerstown Area Community Park, 110 W. Juniata Parkway. Weigh-in is at 10 a.m.

Anglers must register by Friday. Payout fees include biggest lunker, common carp, common carp overall weight, biggest catfish and quillback.

For more information, contact Bill Beck at 717-636-0063 or Midnightaddictionbowfishing@comcast.net or Will Benner at 717-579-9184 or Unklwillb50@gmail.com.

Sportsman’s expo, gun show planned

MILLERSTOWN – The Millerstown Recreational and Park Committee is sponsoring an Outdoor Sportsman’s Expo and Gun Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Millerstown Area Community Park, 110 W. Juniata Parkway, in Perry County.

All proceeds from the event will to used to continue to develop and maintain the 44-acre park along the Juniata River.

Many events are being held in conjunction with the show, including a statewide bow fish tournament, a National Wildlife Turkey Federation non-sanctioned open turkey call competition and a “swap meet.”

The turkey call competition will be judged on putt, yelp, kee-kee/whistle and callers best call. Registration fees apply for seniors and juniors and will be $5 higher on the day of the event.

For more information, or to register in advance, contact Sherman “Arch” Hostler at 717-557-4427 or Hitechredneck@embarqmail.com.

Vendors of guns, ammo, hunting, fishing, archery, trapping, camping/RV, artists, taxidermists, outdoor photography, boating, ATV, wildlife, etc., may purchase tent space or outdoor space by calling Willard Benner at 717-579-9184.

An admission fee will be charged, but people 10 and under and U.S. military service personnel will be free.

Free event celebrates Pennsylvania’s forests

UNIVERSITY PARK – Those interested in woodlands, trees, wildlife and other aspects of nature will come together next month on Penn State’s University Park campus for Pennsylvania Forest Fest, a celebration of the state’s vast forestlands.

The free public event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15 in and around the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, part of The Arboretum at Penn State, on the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue.

“This year’s event is focused on the diversity of amenities and resources we obtain from Pennsylvania’s forests,” said co-organizer Sanford Smith, natural resources and youth extension specialist and senior lecturer in forest resources. “We’ll have a wide variety of exhibits, demonstrations, live music, tours and food for everyone. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the management, enjoyment and conservation of our forests.”

Forest Fest will feature woodlot and birding walks, interactive children’s activities, and educational exhibits. Live demonstrations will include “Raptor Power” by staff from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and “Bugling for 100 Years: Our Celebration of Elk in Pennsylvania.” Music will be performed by Hannah Bingman, Grain and Van Wagner.

To learn more, visit ecosystems.psu.edu.

Ladies, learn how to fly fish

BELLEFONTE – The state Fish and Boat Commission is offering an introduction to fly fishing program just for women. It will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Fisherman’s Paradise, 1150 Spring Creek Road.

The free program is designed for ages 8 years and older who are interested in learning the basics of fly fishing equipment, knot tying, casting techniques and on-water skills. It is the perfect opportunity to learn fly fishing basics and meet other ladies interested in fly fishing.

No fishing license is required. The commission will provide a fly fishing goodie bag and all equipment.

Advance registration is required, as space is limited. Visit www.takemefishingpa.com for more information or to register.

For more information, contact Amidea Daniel at 814-359-5127 or adaniel@pa.gov.

Learn about hummingbirds

The Lycoming Audubon Society will present “Autumn Jewels: Vagrant Western Hummingbirds” during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the James V. Brown Library’s Lowry Room.

Wayne Laubscher, a hummingbird bander and avid birder, will present the free program, which includes photos and information about Pennsylvania’s endemic hummingbird, the ruby-throated. It also will explore the recently recognized phenomenon of western hummingbirds coming east in the fall and winter and in some cases, overwintering in the state. The extraordinary and unprecendented hummingbird event that occurred this past fall and winter 2012-13 will be discussed in detail.

A chapter meeting begins at 6 p.m. It also is open to the public.

Check out the butterflies

ALLENWOOD – The butterfly house at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland has opened and will be available through Oct. 31.

See nearly 300 butterflies in the native butterfly greenhouse. Walk among flowering perennials, talk with butterfly field guides, view a chrysalis box with pinned chrysalis and listen to music.

The exhibit is wheelchair accessible and is included with Reptiland admission.

For more information, visit www.Reptiland.com.

Outdoor show planned again in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG – The Great American Outdoor Show will be held Feb. 1-9 at the state Farm Show Complex.

For more information, visit www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

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