Outdoors

Practicing zen and the art of flyfishing

I was in an area flyfishing shop this spring, eyeing some of the insect selections to prepare for an afternoon of angling on one of my favorite trout streams when I noticed a woman looking over the vast display of bug imitations. At first, I thought she might well be part of my tribe, that ...

Cogan House Festival nearing

TROUT RUN — The second annual Cogan House Township Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday at the township complex, 4609 Route 184. Admission and parking are free. The festival features live music on both days; food and craft vendors; classic ...

Birder chases a white-winged tern

I recently went on a bird chase. In birder language, this means that someone else found a rare bird that I wanted to see, so I went to see it as quickly as I could. The bird was a white-winged tern. It was found by Wellsboro birder Rich Hanlon at Nessmuk Lake in Tioga County on Aug. ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
Many can identify the calling of the katydids, but few are able to identify the insect, shown above.

Reflections in Nature: Katydid song ends summer

August is the month when we begin hearing the choruses of both the katydids and the crickets. Although many people recognize the katydid’s calling, not many know what the insect looks like. Katydids, which are members of the long-horned grasshopper family, are a leaf-green color, with ...

OUT & ABOUT

Soybean research topic of field day for farmers ULSTER — Farmers interested in soybean production are invited to attend a free field day to see the results of research into various crop management practices being conducted in real-world conditions by farmers on their own farms. Tuesday is ...

PFBC: Labor Day brings special fishing opportunities

The state Fish and Boat Commission is offering two special fishing opportunities to entice adults and kids to fish on Labor Day, Sept. 4. The first is a $1 license for adult residents and non-residents. The license — good for Labor Day only — provides an easy and affordable way for ...

Auction announces realized prices

DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Aug. 14 HAY, per ton Alfalfa, $60 Grass, $65 to $200 Mixed, $80 Timothy Grass, $75 ROUND BALES, $20 each EAR CORN, $115 per ton All animals sold per 100 pounds unless otherwise stated. The market information in this report is collected ...

Pa. to receive millions in federal funds for wildlife conservation work

WASHINGTON — U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced more than $1.5 million will go to Pennsylvania state wildlife agencies through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. The funds, which are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, give support for a ...

Update on Route 414 bridge construction

Construction for the Route 414 bridge, spanning Callahan Run in McHenry Township, is part of the state Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Lycoming County’s structurally deficient bridge list. ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF 
JENNIFER SHERWOOD 
Charmian Breon, 
of South Williamsport, heads for the 
finish line in Asaph
to be the first-place female finisher in the Expert category during last September’s Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge.

Register now for annual bike challenge

ASAPH — The Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Challenge, which will be held on Sept. 9, is known by riders for its awesome mix of grinding climbs, smooth single and double track, creek and log crossings and fast technical descents on trails and forestry roads in the Asaph section of the Tioga ...

Pa. growers may enter soybean yield contest

HARRISBURG — Although harvest still is a number of weeks away, the deadline for entering the Pennsylvania Soybean Yield Contest is nearing. Pennsylvania growers are encouraged to enter the contest now. The deadline to enter is Sept. 1, while the deadline for submitting the grower's actual ...

BECKY LOCK/Sun-Gazette
A pink-and-white striped clematis grows outside the photographer’s city home.

Easy-to-grow clematis come in 3 major types

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is written by members of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners.) Q: I think clematises are beautiful. Are they hard to grow? A: Clematises are not hard to grow and a real bonus is that they can live for 50 years or more. There are hundreds of varieties of ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BROWN
While walking in Loyalsock State Forest on June 12, the photographer spotted this dark-eyed junco.

Summer birding — mostly by ear — in a state forest

On a recent morning I walked along a gated road through the Loyalsock State Forest in high elevation forested habitat at the southern end of the Allegheny Plateau. I had been to the spot a few times but never during summer and wanted to survey what birds were nesting in the area. I was ...

OUT & ABOUT

Garden tour is today MIFFLINBURG — The Mifflinburg Garden Tour will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today, and tickets may be purchased at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, 598 Green St. The tour proceeds benefit the museum. Brochures provided with tickets will guide visitors from garden to garden, ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
These mountain laurel flowers are just beginning to open.

REFLECTIONS IN NATURE: Mountain laurel

The mountain laurel, which is in bloom now, became Pennsylvania’s state flower by Act 107 on May 5, 1933. Gifford Pinchot, who was the “father” of American forest conservation, nominated it. His wife, Cornelia, then successfully used her influence to have the legislators vote for the ...

Real estate transactions filed

The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County courthouse: Loyalsock Township • Richard F. and Elizabeth A. Schluter to Christopher D. and Jamie M. Vassallo, $337,500, 1144 Avalon Parkway. • Dwayne A. and Elizabeth Koons to William T. Young, $98,000, 1829 Mountainview ...

Ruffed Grouse Society to host benefit habitat shoot

MIDDLEBURY CENTER — The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its inaugural habitat benefit shoot on July 15 at Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays & Game Farm, 619 Leon Brown Road. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support projects to create young forest ...

Construction to begin on Route 154 bridge in Forks Township

Construction for the Route 154 bridge spanning Double Run in Forks Township, Sullivan County, is scheduled to begin as part of the state’s Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Sullivan ...