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Outdoors

The life of whitetail deer through a Pennsylvania winter

So far, our weather has been easy on the wildlife that are active throughout the winter months. The following is a question for you to ponder: The white tail deer population in Pennsylvania increases two weeks out of the year and declines during the remaining 50 weeks. Do you know what two ...

A walk in the woods to celebrate the first snow is a delight

What did you do to celebrate the first snow of the 2019 season? I took a walk in the woods, a glorious walk to one of the most beautiful places in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. It’s the PA Grand Canyon, also known as the Pine Creek Gorge, not far from Wellsboro. Because … Because it ...

Not all are happy about an early deer season

Steve Bray said he and his hunting party planned to hit the woods for Saturday’s opening day of the firearms deer season, but they were not happy about it. Their disappointment centers on the timing of the season. This year, the state Game Commission changed the opening day to Saturday, ...

A hunting license goes a long way in Pennsylvania

At first light, I listen for the distinctive melody of a brightly-colored tiny warbler as he sings the day into being. I watch for a graceful whitetail buck to pass along the edge of a dew-laden meadow. A bald eagle majestically sits on its roost branch as the sun comes up and I sit ...

State ready for a fresh and exciting deer season opener

An early start, good spring and summer conditions and strong rumors of older bucks throughout the state have made this year’s firearms season one hunters are looking forward to, according to the state Game Commission. The season opener, traditionally on the Monday following Thanksgiving, ...

Official logo for the Susquehanna River Water Trail released

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is excited to release an official logo for the Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch. The Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch is a designated Pennsylvania State Water Trail that runs 228 miles from Cherry Tree to Northumberland, as ...

Centuries of sites: A visit to the dreaming tree

An acorn drops to the ground 180 years ago. Its hardened cap sits atop its inch-diameter-size fruit shell as it holds the embryo of a potential oak tree. The small oval fruit cracks and a pale sprout tip seeks the earth below it as its taproot burrows into the rich soil of the mountain ...

Do you know your Susquehanna Valley turkeys?

Did you know that the Susquehanna is home to some unique turkeys? While these turkeys don’t have wings or feathers, they are sure fun to visit and explore! In honor of our favorite Turkey Day, Thanksgiving, we are counting down some of the Susquehanna’s top not-your-typical turkeys. ...

Environmental experts make an autumn plea

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Raking multicolored leaves into a pile, jumping into them and bagging them up may seem like a harmless fall ritual. But environmentalists are informing the public to leave the chore behind. Experts say gathering up your foliage may be more detrimental to your lawn, ...

It’s been a slow year for seasonal holly

It seems that it was only a short time ago that the trees were bursting with colorful leaves and now they are bare. In November, some shrubs, such as the winterberry holly, stand out in the drab background; however, I’ve noticed that this has not been a banner year for the bright red berries ...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

XINING, China (AP) — There’s a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world’s last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the ...

Using nature to celebrate the season

Last week Mary Alice and I went on a scavenger hunt for items in nature to decorate a Christmas tree. We were fortunate to find many different items, including bittersweet. Many years ago, I saw bittersweet growing along the roadside and stopped to cut a few vines for Mary Alice, thinking ...

State is closing in on a record-breaking bear hunting season

Pennsylvania has covered a third of the distance needed to set a state record black bear harvest. Through an early archery bear season in selected Wildlife Management Units, two new October firearms bear seasons and the first week of a two-week statewide archery bear season, Pennsylvania ...

Spooky Susquehanna: Haunted legends of the river wilds

The Susquehanna Greenway is a landscape full of opportunities not only for hiking, biking and paddling, but also for rich cultural and historic treasures, some of which have ghostly pasts. As Halloween approaches, now’s the time to brush up on your Greenway ghouls and legends. So, grab ...

Hunting is a necessity only when done respectfully

For thousands of years, the moon, rather than the sun, was used by people to track the seasons. Many civilizations gave names to the full moon, of each month, based upon a particular feature of the month. Most of these names, such as those of animals, crops, and weather, were based on ...

Endangered wolf copes with being housed in enclosure

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Virginia Living Museum’s lone red wolf seemed to be in a good mood... His tail was down, his reddish coat flat, his ears forward. “Aw, he’s being a goof today,” said Robin Sutker, bird and mammal curator, as he rolled on the forest floor to rub a scent into ...

Hellbender worthy of the state name

The waters of the Susquehanna Greenway are filled with many creepy crawlers, from small critters such as crawdads and spiders, to larger creatures that have made history and may even be right in your backyard. Take for example, the infamous Susquehanna alligator. Discovered near Wilkes-Barre ...

Iditarod changes tack, will meet with animal welfare leader

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The new head of Alaska’s Iditarod plans to meet with a leader of an animal welfare group that’s devoted to ending the world’s most famous sled dog race, which it sees as a cruel, deadly event for its canine participants. Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness ...

Autumn on the Rail Trail: Fall is the perfect time for a trip

Fall weather is often a delight in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Its cool crisp mornings turn into warm colorful days. Leaves turn from green to yellow to orange and red and the annual autumn display delights visitors as well as local folks. It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy ...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia dams

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two prominent Pacific Northwest tribes said Monday the U.S. government needs to remove three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore traditional fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty ...