Outdoors

Ducks Unlimited launches new online films

Ducks Unlimited is launching another season of its acclaimed online film series, “DU Films,” in March. Watch a preview of this year’s series, as well films from previous seasons, at www.ducks.org/dufilms. The series is a departure from traditional outdoor shows. Each film features ...

‘Steel City’ boasts Warhol, August Wilson and best cake in America

PITTSBURGH — If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh, you’ll need to learn a few things. Yinz is local for y’all. Carnegie is pronounced Car-NAY-gie (as in Andrew Carnegie, who made a fortune in Pittsburgh’s steel industry, and whose name adorns libraries, museums and more.) And you ...

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Lucas Bielby, left,  and Jay Hoggan drive their team out to feed elk Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, on the Patrol Cabin feed ground in the Gros Ventre north of Jackson, Wyo. While wintering elk have spread out across three feed grounds along the drainage in years past, only about 1,000 elk remained on the Patrol Cabin feed ground this year. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Isolated elk tenders stay close to their work

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — It’s not too big of a deal for a Gros Ventre elk feeder to spend a night “out.” In other words, be stranded — and with no more than an ever-present colleague and elk for company and only dreams of a warm bed and meal. The cause can be a broken ...

OUTDOOR BRIEFS

48th annual rock, mineral show at new site WYSOX — The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club concludes its 48th annual show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Co., 111 Lake Road. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for youth and free for those under age 8. Club members and ...

Bird walks begin Saturday at Hills Creek

WELLSBORO — Gary Tyson, Tiadaghton Audubon Society field trip coordinator, is leading the Saturday Morning Birding Walk series, beginning Saturday, at Hills Creek State Park. The park is on Hills Creek Road in Charleston Township, about 7 miles northeast of here. Walks in April will begin ...

IN THE PARKS

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 Through April 19 — Spring Bird Walk Series, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays (except for April 12). Meet at the main park office, then explore local hot spots to see what birds are passing through or have returned. These bird walks are an ...

Sportsmen clubs announce public events

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sun-Gazette reserves the right to edit items submitted for the “Shooting Sports” section. To submit an event, call 570-326-1551, ext. 3116.) Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County 6386 Route 87, Loyalsockville www.consolidatedsportsmen.com Al Foust, ...

Penn College archers finish indoor season

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Competing March 11-12 at the Indoor Nationals at James Madison University, Pennsylvania College of Technology archers finished with two firsts, two seconds and two thirds while closing out the indoor portion of their season. Markus Weber, of La Plate, Maryland, won the ...

Experts: Coyote sighting uptick in Tenn. is seasonal

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The howls from area residents about coyote sightings and problem encounters seem to be increasing around Knox County, but experts say it’s just seasonal business-as-usual. Chris Abraham said he let his dog out on a recent evening in the backyard of his Fountain ...

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The tulips at above left were saved because Mary Alice Bower, of Troy, covered them with chicken wire to protect them from hungry deer.

Reflections in Nature: Daffodils symbolize spring

Last fall, as my wife, Mary Alice, replenished her flower beds with tulip bulbs, I heard her say that she should be planting more daffodil bulbs since the deer don’t bother them. Although we live in the Borough of Troy, the deer have a path going down Redington Avenue, visiting the ...

Photographers fight over owl baiting

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The issue of feeding owls has become hotly debated among the wildlife photography community in Minnesota. Professional wildlife photographer Keith Crowley tells Minnesota Public Radio News baiting has become an issue over the past decade as the popularity of wildlife ...

Proposal to pay python hunters advances

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida senator who once hunted down a 9-foot Burmese python wants the state to pay private contractors to eradicate pythons and other invasive species from the Everglades. Republican Sen. Frank Artiles, who doubles as a snake hunter on his spare time, is ...

Residents warned to give grumpy moose space

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska wildlife officials warned people to keep their distance from grumpy moose after two close calls last weekend. One of the animals walked up behind a woman tending chickens in the city of Homer last Sunday and started eating chicken food from a bucket she carried. ...

WILDLIFE IN THE NEWS

Student busted for taking baby gators into taxi AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — What a croc! A student at a University of Maine campus is in trouble for taking his five baby pet alligators inside a taxicab. The pet reptiles began crawling around the cab Tuesday after a box tipped over. Cab driver ...

Man embarks on quest to visit all National Park Service sites

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Mikah Meyer carefully pulled out one of his two National Park Service passports, flipped through the pages in search of Padre Island National Seashore and firmly stamped the date and location to mark his visit to the Malaquite Visitors Center. The Corpus ...

Snowmobilers revel in challenge of race on local ski slope

MORRIS — Sleek machines exceeding speeds of 90 mph get the adrenaline revving for most motorsports enthusiasts. Add the challenge of making those machines fly over snow and you draw hundreds of competitors to one of the largest snowmobile racing events in Pennsylvania — the King of the ...

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Scenes in and around Harpers Ferry, W. Va., include, at top, from right: a gate house and wall; John BrownÕs fort; views from the Appalachian Trail. The main photo shows hikers on a footbridge along the Appalachian Trail. Above, at top, is a photo of the White Hall Tavern and, above, a sign outside it.

Harpers Ferry: Rivers converge at West Virginia town

HARPERS FERRY, W. Va. — Have you ever hiked the Appalachian Trail? At The Point in Harpers Ferry, you can say, “I hiked the Appalachian Trail,” if you walk the footbridge over the Potomac River. I did. The footbridge leads to the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C&O) ...

This May 2016 photo released by The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows coral that has bleached white due to heat stress in the Maldives. Coral reefs, unique underwater ecosystems that sustain a quarter of the world's marine species and half a billion people, are dying on an unprecedented scale. Scientists are racing to prevent a complete wipeout within decades. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey via AP)

Scientists race to try to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs

SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives — There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across ...

Minerals and rocks 
will be on display at this coming weekend’s Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club’s 48th annual show in Wysox. At left is a clay 
concretion with 
iridescent pyrite, found near the Volga River 
in Russia. For more information about the show and the club, contact Bob McGuire at 570-928-9238 or see the club’s website at www.chehannarocks. com.

48th annual rock, mineral show at new site

WYSOX — The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club will hold its 48th annual show at a new location this year. The show is planned for Saturday and next Sunday at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Co., 111 Lake Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day. Admission ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
Writer Bill Bower 
found this wolf spider with an egg sac 
on his woodpile 
this winter.

Reflections in Nature: Spiders often maligned

Have you ever walked into a spider’s web? Did you go ballistic as you tried to wipe it off your face? One day last week I was cleaning our basement when I walked into a cobweb and it stuck to me like glue. It probably appeared as if I had gone loco. Through the years, my wife. Mary Alice, ...