Outdoors

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 ...

PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID BROWN
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 ...

Outdoor Briefs

‘Step Outdoors’ and have some fun The Step Outdoors Winter Outings series continues in Tioga County with two free outdoor events this weekend and two free indoor events next weekend. All four are free and open to people of all ages, including children with adult supervision. To learn ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
An early game warden brings a bear out of the woods.

Reflections in Nature: Canton was circus HQs

This spring the “Greatest Show on Earth” will have its last curtain call. Field Entertainment, which is the owner of the Ringling Brothers and the Barnum & Bailey Circus, announced on Jan. 14 that the 146-year-old circus will hold its final performances in May. The circus ...

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, ...

Fish commission adds to its Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program

HARRISBURG — Anglers will have more opportunities to catch 14- to 20-inch trophy trout this season after the state Fish and Boat Commission announced last Tuesday at its quarterly business meeting that it is adding six new waters to the popular Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program. “The ...

In the parks

Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette Office: 814-787-5167 Jan. 29 — Appalachian Eagle Project, 1 p.m. Guest speaker Keeley Roen, wildlife technology instructor, will discuss the Appalachian Eagle Project, which collects data on golden eagle migration in Pennsylvania. Feb. 4 — ...

Pheasant permit on PGC agenda this week

HARRISBURG — Today through Tuesday, the state Board of Game Commissioners will hold its first quarterly meeting of 2017 at agency headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave. The board could vote preliminarily to create a pheasant-hunting permit and to allow semiautomatic rifles and air rifles for some ...

PA Trophies

PHOTOS SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL Seth McClintock, 8, of Montgomery, harvested both his first buck and an uncommon spring turkey in 2016. At 8:35 a.m. May 27, during spring gobbler season, Seth fired a 20-gauge shotgun at 30 yards and downed a 12 1/2-pound bird sporting an 8-inch beard. The ...

Dog gets flocks out of Kansas City parks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gayle slinks close to the ground across Theis Park, aiming to get close to a flock of Canada geese before they’re aware. It doesn’t work. The grassy expanse stretching between the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Brush Creek provides no cover for a slowly ...

Missing mama bear’s newborn cub rescued, in intensive care in Va.

LUNENBURG, Va. (AP) — Biologists in Virginia have rescued a newborn black bear found in a den without its mother, but the tiny cub’s sibling didn’t make it. Wildlife Center of Virginia officials tell The Washington Post that rabbit hunters discovered two small cubs Saturday in a den by ...

Tips on choosing a birding camera

Photography is a popular way to enjoy birds, but deciding what camera to buy can be difficult. When choosing a camera, it is important to consider your own needs and budget. A professional nature photographer may use a large lens that requires a tripod to get the highest quality shots whereas ...

Outdoor Briefs

Audubon Society to explore Mexico At the next Lycoming Audubon Society meeting, Wayne Laubscher will present a public program titled “The Yucatan Experience: Cenotes, Aves and Ruinas.” The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the James V. Brown Library’s Lowry Room and is open to ...