Outdoors

PA Wilds group plans 4 events in city

Four events in Williamsport this monthwill highlight the PA Wilds. The new PA Wilds Conservation Shop at the Lycoming County Visitors Information Center will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday. The Creative Makers Exhibit opens at the Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama ...

Shooting sports: Clubs plan practices, classes

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Column on hiatus

David Brown, the regular writer of the Lycoming Audubon Society’s Bird Lore column, has accepted a temporary position at a hawk watch in New Jersey. As a result, the Bird Lore column will be published only on April 15 and May 13. Regular publication will resume when Brown returns to the area.

OUT & ABOUT

Club to hold run WELLSBORO — The Tyoga Running Club will hold a “Run Out of Town” at 6 p.m. Thursday at the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Tioga District 16 office, 132 Nessmuk Lane, near Nessmuk Lake, about 1 mile south of Wellsboro, just off Route 287. The ...

Register now for Little Beans Earth Day Carnival

WELLSBORO — Register now for the Deane Little Beans Earth Day Carnival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 in the outdoor stage area and lawn bordered by Main Street and Central Avenue. The carnival is free for the first 100 children, 12 and under, and their parents who ...

Reflections in Nature: The true call of the wild

On Feb. 19, my wife Mary Alice and I traveled to the state Game Commission Waterfowl Area at Middle Creek, where we saw hundreds of snow geese; however, thousands were expected to come in the next few weeks. My diary entry on Feb. 20 was that I heard a flock of Canada geese winging ...

Susquehanna Trout Unlimited to meet during state’s Sportsman’s Forum

The Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will incorporate its next public meeting into the Sportsman’s Forum set for 10 a.m. Saturday in Room G-11 of Lycoming College’s Heim Building. The forum is hosted by the state Fish and Boat Commission and is an important public meeting for ...

Out & About

Agriculture education events planned Penn State Extension and the Lycoming County Conservation District have released the following list of agriculture education events that are open to the public. * Tuesday — Soil Health meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nationally known speakers Ray Archuleta ...

Penn College archery team is on the move

HARRISONBURG, Va. — On March 3-4 at the 49th U.S. National Indoor Championships at Eastern Mennonite University, several Pennsylvania College of Technology archers scored well on both the regional and national levels. In the Women’s Bowhunter Division, Erica Gause, of Bloomsburg, scored ...

Club plans to show video about bird photography

WELLSBORO — Grand Canyon Photography Club President David Ralph has arranged a YouTube video showing of “Birds in Flight” by “Roamin’ Roman” Kurywczak. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday during the club’s monthly meeting at the ...

Reflections in Nature: Animal marvels

On Jan. 27, the temperature was above freezing when we woke up, so it was no surprise when, later in the day, I saw a road-killed opossum. Raccoons, opossums and skunks are animals that we refer to as “light sleepers.” Although they den up for the winter, during a warm spell, these ...

Author to share peek beneath the Susquehanna River

LEWISBURG — Keith Williams, of Freshwater Journeys, will present a program titled “The View Below: Amazing Sights in Our Streams and Rivers” at 2 p.m. next Sunday in the Gallery Theatre at the Elaine Langone Center on the Bucknell University campus. The program is free and open to the ...

‘ALWAYS A CHANCE’: Feds declare eastern cougar extinct in Pennsylvania

Despite yearly reports of cougar sightings in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced it is removing the mountain lion subspecies native to the region from its list of threatened and endangered animals because of a long known technicality — it’s extinct. ...

Sparrow species may be present for bird count

The Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Amateur bird watchers can submit their bird sightings to this citizen science project. Simply count birds in your own yard for a minimum of 15 minutes and submit the details through the website. Full details on how to participate can be found at ...

OUT & ABOUT

Winter Outings series continues Step Outdoors Winter Outings in Tioga and Potter counties include the following events: • Mountain or snow bike ride today and Feb. 25. Oswald Cycle Works is sponsoring the free Mountain and Snow Bike Riding Series. Meet at 9 a.m. at the USGS Northern ...

Canyon Sled Dog Challenge on track for next weekend

ANSONIA — Sled dogs and their mushers will hit the trail — the Pine Creek Rail Trail — on Saturday for the first Canyon Sled Dog Challenge, an out-and-back 18-mile run from Ansonia to Tiadaghton. Pro and registered breed teams of six and eight dogs each will pull sleds to test their ...

Sportsmen prepare for annual banquet

HUGHESVILLE — The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its 58th annual banquet on March 24 at the Hughesville Fire Hall Social Center. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6. The evening will open with a roast beef dinner with homemade pie, a gun and rod raffle, a ...

Reflections in Nature: Mama’s voice

Our granddaughter, Eve, is going to have a baby in early March. She and her husband are so excited about having a baby and becoming parents. For several months, Eve has been talking, reading and singing to her unborn child. Recently, I read in a book titled “Intelligence in Animals” ...

Barred access to river draws ire of firefighters, boaters

MUNCY — The former Muncy access area to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, off of Railroad Street, remains closed to boaters — and there are no plans to reopen it. That’s the official word from the state Fish and Boat Commission, which closed the site in July 2016 after a ...