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 Ron Beach will share fascinating insights about the mammals that call Pennsylvania home during the program, “Mammals of Pennsylvania,” at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.

Hunter-trapper education class set

JERSEY SHORE — A hunter-trapper education class will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the state Game Commission’s Northcentral Regional Office, 1566 S. Route 44.

Students must attend both training sessions and pass a certification exam to receive a hunter-trapper safety card.

To register, visit www.pgc.state.pa.us and select the “education” tab. Registration must be made by Monday.

For more details, call Max Farley at 570-337-8750.

Fish commission to discuss bass proposal

The state Fish and Boat Commission has scheduled three public meetings to collect comments on a proposal to remove the closed season on smallmouth and largemouth bass in the middle and lower Susquehanna and lower Juniata rivers.

The proposal — outlined at the January quarterly business meeting — would allow anglers to practice catch-and-release fishing for bass from May 1 through mid-June. However, tournaments would remain banned during the bass spawning period from mid-April to mid-June period.

The meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on these dates and locations:

• Monday — Commission headquarters, Susquehanna Room, 1601 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg

• Tuesday — Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, Columbia River Park, 41 Walnut St., Columbia

• Wednesday — Susquehanna University, Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 2-55, 14 University Ave., Selinsgrove.

Interested individuals may submit comments online through May 10.

Learn about monarch butterflies

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free, public program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kelly Township supervisors building, 551 Zeigler Road.

Deb Steransky will share information about “Monarchs and Milkweed.” Monarch butterflies are in danger of disappearing forever. Learn simple ways that can help bring monarch numbers back up, including planting the caterpillars’ only food source — milkweed.

The presentation is open to everyone. For more information, visit www.SevenMountainsAudubon.org.

DEP to gather 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. Thursday at the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St.

The tour will focus on engaging residents and leaders in DEP’s decision-making process, and involving residents in communities that may not fit the traditional definition of an environmental justice area — which is based on minority population and income levels in census tracts.

DEP will solicit feedback from the listening sessions about improving how public feedback is received, and ensuring that communities are sufficiently engaged with the decision-making process and companies involved.

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 bring lunch and water on every hike. Snacks are optional.

Hikes will be held:

• Thursday: Little Buffalo State Park Loop, Perry County. This 8-mile moderate hike is a circuit around Holman Lake. Meet at 9 a.m. at the K-Mart parking lot on Route 15 in Shamokin Dam or 10 a.m. at the visitor center parking lot near the park entrance. Leader Paul Shaw may be reached at pshaw@ptd.net or 717-215-8339.

• Saturday: Trail Improvement Work Day, R.B. Winter State Park, Union County. This is Earth Day and an opportunity to “give back” for all the wonderful Sierra Club hikes held in the park through the years. The group will work to improve the Overlook Trail. Contact Jack Miller at jmiller1018@yahoo.com to sign up, then meet at 9 a.m. in the northwest corner of the main parking lot on the north side of the lake.

• April 23: Gillespie Point Figure 8 Loop, Tioga County. This 11-mile strenuous hike begins at Blackwell. The group will climb to the top of Pennsylvania’s Matterhorn, Gillespie Point, with fine views of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. After looping back to Blackwell, hikers will continue on the Bohen Run Falls Trail to the West Rim Trail, then back to Blackwell on the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Meet at the parking lot behind the Lewisburg post office at 8:30 a.m., at Harvest Moon Restaurant on Route 220 at 9:15 or at the boat launch parking lot on Route 414 in Blackwell at 10:15. Leader Paul Shaw may be reached at pshaw@ptd.net or 717-215-8339.

DCNR volunteer leading hikes

WELLSBORO — Daryl Warren, a volunteer with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, leads free public hikes on Mondays and Saturdays. Anyone who is interested can meet, usually at 9 a.m., in the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts, 7 Main St., to carpool.

Most hikes are of moderate difficulty and almost always are on trails designed and maintained for hiking in Tioga, Lycoming, Potter or Bradford counties. Distances range from 3 to 12 miles.

All hikers must be in acceptable physical condition, wear hiking shoes and carry a small pack with lunch, water and snacks.

For more information, email Warren at rindercella@epix.net or call 570-724-7721.

Upcoming hikes, rated on a difficulty scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (strenuous), include:

• Friday through Sunday — Slackpacking the John P. Saylor Trail in Somerset County. Call for details.

• April 29 — Black Forest Trail, Keystone Trail Assoc. Trail Care, meet at 7 a.m. for trail maintenance.

• May 20 — West Rim Trail, KTA Trail Care, meet at 7 a.m.. for trail maintenance.

• May 27 — May flower hike on MST

• June 3 — National Trails Day, West Rim Trail, 6 miles, level 5

Watershed group plans cleanup, fishing derby

The Black Hole Creek Watershed Association will hold its annual Great Black Hole Creek Cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Volunteers will meet at Hulsizers Chevrolet in Montgomery. Bags and gloves will be provided.

For more information, call Becky Sanguedolce at 570-547-6289.

In addition, the group is preparing for its annual Black Hole Creek Fishin’ Derby, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 20 at the Bower Street bridge area in front of Riverside Campground on Main Street in Montgomery.

A prize drawing and food will be available.

For more information, call Sanguedolce.

Try yoga in the woods

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will offer hatha yoga, led by Annmarie Ciccarelli, through May. A fee applies per class.

Hatha yoga is a slow, meditative style of yoga, focused on breath awareness and proper alignment. The slow-flow class links breath with movement to help bring focus to the present moment and quiet the mind.

It is designed for all levels and beginners are welcome. Classes will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and may be held indoors during the winter but outside on beautiful days.

Classes are planned for Saturday and May 6 and 20.

Ciccarelli received hatha yoga teaching certification from Shambhava Yoga Center in Rollinsville, Colorado and also is certified to teach yoga for wellness and meditation in the shambhava tradition. On some Saturdays, alternate teacher Matt Fox will lead a bikram-style yoga.

For more information, or to register, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

Volunteers needed to help clear trail

The Alpine Club of Williamsport is seeking volunteers to help clear the Loyalsock Trail 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 nails.

Volunteers should bring lunch, water, gloves, lopers, and bow or folding saws. Some equipment may be provided.

For more details, or to sign up, call 570-322-5878 or email alpineclubofwilliamsport@gmail.com.

Fish commission to meet next week

HARRISBURG — The state Fish and Boat Commission will hold its quarterly business meeting on April 24-25 at its 1601 Elmerton Ave. headquarters.

Committees will meet beginning at 10:15 a.m. April 24 and again at 8:30 a.m. April 25. Formal consideration of the agenda by the full commission will begin at about 9:45 a.m. April 25.

All committee meetings and the formal meeting are open to the public.

A copy of the meeting schedule and the full agenda for the meeting can be found on www.fishandboat.com.

Audubon chapter discusses eBird

On April 26, the Lycoming Audubon Society will present “What eBird Can Do for Your Birding,” with Dan Brauning, of the state Game Commission.

Bird sightings and observations can be shared with the world instantaneously through list-servs and Facebook, thanks to eBird. Learn how to use this tool that makes birding all the more interesting and fun.

The society will hold its public meeting at 6 p.m., and Brauning’s presentation follows at 6:30. Both are free and will be held in the James V. Brown Library’s Lowry Room, on the third floor of the Welch Wing, 19 E. Fourth St.

ATV groups plan fundraiser dinner

MOSHANNON — An event named Truck Stuff & More will be held on April 29 and includes the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails’ spaghetti dinner ride and Central Mountain ATV dice run.

The dice run will leave at 9 a.m. from the Gillentown parking lot. The fee includes the cost of a dinner.

Central Mountain ATV will split the profits from the run with the Clinton County SPCA.

The spaghetti dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until supplies last, at the Moshannon Community Center, 1351 W. Sycamore Road. Takeouts will be available. The meal includes a dinner roll, salad, dessert and beverage.

SSRT clothing, raffles and applications for membership will be available.

DCNR to hold forest tour

AUSTIN — Staff with the state Department of Conservation of Natural Resources will conduct the annual forest management and habitat tour of Susquehannock State Forest at 9 a.m. April 30. Transportation and lunch will be provided, with attendees meeting at the Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center, 4843 Park Road. Registration is required for the free event.

The tour includes visits to an area in the park where officials are working with the state Game Commission to improve wildlife habitat, an active state forest timber sale, a gas storage field, the Hammersley Wild Area and the park wildlife center.

The goal of the tour is to exhange information, build a better relationship with those who use the state forest, discuss challenges of sustainable forest and wildlife management and examine improvements.

To register, or for more information, email fd15@pa.gov or call 814-274-3600.

River race planned for May

KYLERTOWN — The 16th annual Fawn Sensenig Memorial West Branch of the Susquehanna River Wild Canoe, Kayak and Paddle Board Race will be held at 11 a.m. May 6 at the Rolling Stone Bridge.

Registration will be held onsite at 8:30 a.m. and racers will proceed 11 miles to the Karthaus Bridge. A fee applies per paddler, and all participants can join the “dice run” race for a chance to win a plaque.

An awards ceremony and prize drawing will be held at Karthaus Park on Market Street in Karthaus and the Karthaus Park Association will sell barbecue chicken dinners. Event T-shirts will be sold at the registration table.

For more information, or to register, call 814-263-4418, go to the website www.visitquehannaarea.com or send an email to qidckarthaus15@gmail.com.

Participate in a birding field trip

LEWISBURG — Seven Mountains Audubon will provide a free local field trip at 7:30 a.m. May 6. Anyone who is interested should meet at the north side of the Weis Markets parking lot.

Visit www.SevenMountainsAudubon.org for details.

Take a hike under the full moon

TUNKHANNOCK — The Endless Mountains Nature Center, 1309 Vosburg Road, will hold a series of full moon hikes this year at its grounds in Wyoming County. The center’s naturalist will lead each 90-minute hike on trails in the area. All ages are welcome.

Hikes are planned to begin at 8 p.m. May 10 and 8:30 p.m. June 9 but will not be held in July or August.

For more information, contact the center at EMNCinfo@yahoo.com or 570-836-3835.

NRA group plans fundraising banquet

TROY — The Bradford County Area Friends of the NRA will hold its 20th annual fundraising banquet on May 13 at the Alparon Park exhibit hall on the Troy Fairgrounds. Doors open at 4 p.m., with dinner at 6.

Tickets are available for adults and youth 16 and younger and may be purchased by contacting Kay Miller at 570-954-4669 or dkmill@ptd.net. Tickets also may be purchased from committee members.

Those who purchase tickets before April 11 will be entered into a special early-bird drawing for a chance to win a Century Arms Canik 9mm handgun.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Proceeds benefit the NRA Foundation, with one-half of the funds going directly to programs in Pennsylvania, especially youth programs. The Youth Hunter Education Challenge; Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga Youth Field Days; Troy, Sayre and Towanda gun clubs; and 4-H Shooting Sports Programs have received grants as a result.

For more details, contact Jerry Frantz at 570-297-5104 or jfrantz@epix.net.

Anglers club to stock trout

The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club will stock trout on May 20, 27 and April 8 in Lycoming Creek. The public is invited to help.

On May 20, the group will meet at 8:30 a.m. at its nursey on Fox Run Road in Bodines, and on May 27 at 9 a.m. and the Trout Run Fire Hall.

On April 8, the club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Trout Run Fire Co. parking lot to stock trout that have been purchased from Cedar Springs Trout Hatchery.

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; four age groups will be allowed to fish at different times. The derby will be held rain or shine, and the area is handicap accessible.

Ken Helm, owner of the campground, will have sites available to rent.

Smith’s Knob Scramble Trail race planned

The Mid Penn Trailblazers will hold an 8-mile trail race at 9 a.m. June 10 at Camp Conley, 15 miles north of Montoursville.

The race follows portions of the Loyalsock Trail over the steep Smith’s Knob.

Awards will be given in 10-year age groups up to 60 and older. Race shirts to all who register in advance; limited quantities will be available on race day.

A registration fee applies and runners can save $5 by registering prior to the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit Boy Scouts of America Troop 21, of Montoursville.

For more information and a race application, visit http://midpenntrailblazers.com/trail-race-events/Smiths-knob-scramble/smithknob.htm or send an email to dmshoe61@verizon.net.