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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, ...

A spotted sandpiper
forages at 
Montour Preserve 
on April 17, 2014.


Birder submits list of migrating species to watch for in next month

Over the next month, a variety of interesting bird species will migrate through our area. With the early thaw this year, waterfowl migration is well underway but many ducks will continue migration throughout April. Head to your local lake to watch for common loons and listen to their ...

Reflections in Nature: Vultures are back in Troy

Diary entry Feb. 26, 2017: “The turkey vultures have returned to Troy.” This is the earliest that I have noticed the vultures return to their roost in Troy. Although I did not mark their return in my diary for 2016, here are the dates for previous years: March 19, 2015; March 19, ...

TRAVEL TRINKETS: What’s on your memorabilia bookshelf?

What’s in your wallet? No, not money. Have you heard that phase on TV advertising a certain credit card? Well, this article is not about “what’s in your wallet” but rather, “what’s on your bookshelf” — such as the travel memorabilia bookshelf in my living room. Who doesn’t ...

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Waterways Conservation Officer Chad Lauer introduces himself at a meeting of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Fish commission staff update trout group, public on waterways issues

Updating those who are on the county’s waters the most, the area’s main members of the state Fish and Boat Commission spoke to the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited on Feb.8. Chad Lauer is a waterways conservation officer whose coverage area includes the western wilds of Lycoming ...

Penn College archery season set to begin

Building early and finishing strong. That is the goal Pennsylvania College of Technology archery coach Chad Karstetter has for his team this season. A young squad forced the Wildcats to rebuild rather than reload last season; yet they produced two national champions and five All-Americans. ...


Susquehanna TU chapter to offer fly-tying classes The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a seven-week fly-tying course beginning Tuesday and continuing through April 4. It is open to the public and will be held weekly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the First ...

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, ...

In the Parks

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Office: 814-625-2775 Feb. 22 — Wednesday Walks, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call 814-625-9369 to verify where to meet each week. Feb. 24 — Friday Fishing, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn about ice fishing equipment, tools and tackle and try to lure in a fish. Dependent on ...

Ducks Unlimited Migration Map offers real-time information for hunters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. —Ducks Unlimited has launched its redesigned, responsive website at www.ducks.org. In conjunction, the DU Migration Map received a new look, improved user experience and a handful of exciting new features for waterfowl hunters. The interactive map allows hunters to post ...

Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday. The experts say the decline could be due to late ...

Hunter makes knife handles from antlers

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — As the last day of January became history, all deer hunters in Mississippi’s Hill Zone — which includes the Golden Triangle — hung up the camo. No more pre-dawn treks to the stand, no more quiet waits for a while. One of those hunters is Dean Goodman. But for at ...

Rat-related disease kills person

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City health department says one person has died and two others have become severely ill after they contracted leptospirosis, a rare disease transmitted by rats. The three cases occurred in the last two months in a Bronx neighborhood. City officials say it’s ...

A male American kestrel flies over Williamsport on Jan. 5.

Spring hawk migration begins in late February

January and February can be slow months for birding but, as we get into March, we begin to see the first signs of spring migration. The best place to witness this is at a hawk watch. We live in a great area for viewing raptors. You can’t drive more than a mile on the highway without passing ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
Feed one gull and you'll soon have a flock of gulls.

Reflections in Nature: Some birds, mammals use others to survive

Many times throughout my career, I had farmers tell me that, while cutting hay or plowing a field, they often had an animal (fox) or a bird (hawk) follow the machinery around the field, waiting for a meal of insects and mice to be uncovered. This is known as autolycism, a term coined by ...

‘She can shoot’: Teen fires rifle 7 times, brings home 7 deer

PICTURE ROCKS — Fifteen-year-old Kaylie Klepper may have been teasing her dad when she told him that it couldn’t be that hard to get a deer when hunting, but in the last four years she has proven that maybe it really isn’t that hard. “When my dad went hunting, I picked on him when he ...