Take a hike with regional club
The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region. They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike.
Hikes will be held:
Today - Hyner View, Clinton County. Hike 5 strenuous miles via Humble Hill and Huff Run near Renovo to a beautiful view at the top, where hang-gliders take off. Meet at Harvest Moon Restaurant on Route 220 at 8 a.m. The hike begins at 9 from the small parking area past the sportsman's association sign and across the bridge on Route 120. Turn right after bridge. Register with Michele Brague at 570-220-6474.
April 26 - Loyalsock Trail, Lycoming County. Hike 14 strenuous miles from Miller Road to Route 87. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Minit Mart/Sovereign Bank parking lot along Route 87 (off Route 220) in Montoursville. Register with Roy Fontaine at 570-220-4707.
April 27 - R.B. Winter State Park and Bald Eagle State Forest, Union County. Hike 12 strenuous miles. Meet at the parking lot at the breast of the dam along Route 192 at 8:30 a.m. Register with Joe Rebar at 570-259-0134.
See the countryside via bicycle
LEWISBURG - A Caring for Communities bicycle ride will be held at 1 p.m. today along the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail in Union County.
It will be led by biking enthusiast Tom Gibson. Routes will be available for two levels of experience - 15 miles and 30 miles.
Park at the lot adjacent to the Dale/Engle/Walker House and meet for departure at the Dale's Ridge Trail parking lot. The Dale/Engle/Walker property is at 1471 Strawbridge Road, off Route 192, 1.7 miles west of Lewisburg.
The ride is sponsored by the Merrill Linn Conservancy as part of its celebration of Caring for Communities Earth Month.
Stroll under the full moon
LEWISBURG - The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority is organizing a moon walk on Tuesday on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. An instructor from Bucknell or Bloomsburg universities may be on hand to shed some light on what attendees are, or aren't, seeing.
For details, call 570-524-4774.
See a safari presentation
LEWISBURG - Seven Mountains Audubon will hold a free, public program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kelly Township Supervisors Building, 551 Zeigler Road.
Owen Floody will present a slideshow program on a "Tanzanian safari." It will emphasize the Serengeti National Park with some of the most iconic African animals and a generous sample of East Africa's impressive birdlife.
Birds and binoculars program set
WATERVILLE - The Tiadaghton Forest Resource Management Center will sponsor a program introducing binocular use and bird watching at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Ten sets of binoculars and bird books will be available, but attendees may bring their own as well. The Center is just north of Waterville on Route 44.
For more details, contact Rich Hill at 570-753-5409, ext. 132, or email@example.com.
Discover owls and stars
LEWISBURG - The Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy is organizing an owl prowl and astronomy night on Saturday.
The owl walk, led by Joe Southerton, a Mifflinburg teacher, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by astronomy observing at 8:30, led by Bucknell University astronomers.
Meet at the Dale's Ridge Trail parking lot for the owl prowl and at the Dale/Engle/Walker House for the stargazing.
Meeting addresses flooding on streams
BARBOURS - The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. April 22 at the fire hall in Barbours.
Corey Richmond, watershed specialist with the Sullivan County Conservation District, will present a program with some interesting visuals. A company called Little River Research and Design has developed physical models of meandering streams, then subjected the models to various "flood prevention improvements," such as channel straightening, dredging and head cuts. The models are referred to as "fluvial morphology in a box."
The program includes videos of the stream before, during and after the intervention, often with unanticipated results. The meeting also will provide updates on various LCWA projects.
Learn more about snowy owls
The Lycoming Audubon Society will present a program titled "Monitoring Snowy Owls, Nomads of the Arctic" at 6:30 p.m. April 23, following its 6 p.m. meeting at the James V. Brown Library.
Dr. Jean-Francois Therrien will review his recent research regarding the movement and reproduction of snowy owls from the Arctic. Therrien joined Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as senior research biologist in September 2011 and is working on various aspects of raptor conservation science, including satellite tracking of peregrine falcons, turkey vultures and snowy owls, monitoring American kestrel breeding populations and monitoring North American migratory raptors passing over the sanctuary.
The free program will be held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Wing, 19 E. Fourth Street. Seating is limited.
Learn about trees
LEWISBURG - The Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy will hold a tree walk at 6 p.m. April 25.
Attendees will learn about notable trees in downtown Lewisburg. Meet at Hufnagle Park.
Annual creek cleanup announced
MONTGOMERY - The Great Black Hole Creek Cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26, starting at Hulsizer's Chevrolet on Main Street.
Gloves and bags will be provided. Litter also will be cleaned up along Route 54.
Lunch will be provided after the cleanup.
For more information, call Becky Sanguedolce at 570-547-6289.
Clinton County CleanScapes announces events
Clinton County CleanScapes recently announced the following events:
April 26 - Tire removal project on the Loyalsock Creek flood plain in Gamble Township, Lycoming County. Land activity.
May 3 - Nature Park trail enhancement project in Wayne Township, Clinton County. Land activity.
July 26 - Tire removal project in Bald Eagle Creek, Clinton County. Water activity.
Sept. 6 - Tire removal project in either Bald Eagle Creek or West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County. Water activity.
For details, email Project Director Elisabeth Lynch McCoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 570-726-3511.
ATV ride, fundraiser dinner planned
MOSHANNON - Central Mountains ATV Association Inc. will hold a dice run on April 26, in conjunction with Snow Shoe Rails to Trails' spaghetti dinner ride.
Participants may ride the trail system, then return to the Moshannon Community Center between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for an $8 spaghetti dinner. Takeouts are available.
The dice run will start at the Gillentown trail head parking lot, with registration from 8 to 10 a.m. Three stops will be set up on the trail system. The $20 dice run fee includes one spaghetti dinner.
Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.
For more information, call 814-387-6518.
Alpine Club announces trail care hikes
The Alpine Club of Williamsport seeks volunteers to help clear clear the Loyalsock Trail's footpath, trim limbs and check blazes. The club will hold trail care hikes on the following dates:
April 27 - Painter Run area to Shingle Run area plus distance to work on trail
May 4 - High Knob area
May 18 - Rain date
Volunteers should bring lunch, water, gloves, loppers, bow or folding saws and hammers. Some equipment will be provided.
Call Ruth Rode at 570-322-5878 to sign up or if you have questions or want to work on the trail at your convenience.
Groups organize Earth Month Celebration
The "Caring for Communities" series, sponsored by the Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy and the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance, has begun.
The annual series of family friendly events engages people in learning about and gaining appreciation for the local natural environment.
Events in wetland explorations, owl prowls, star gazing, canoeing/kayaking, bicycle rides, wildflower walks and more are planned.
Everyone is welcome and most events are free.
For complete schedule of events, visit www.LinnConservancy.org.
Teachers, students invited to falcon banding
HARRISBURG - May 6 is the last day that students, teachers and non-formal educators can register to attend the annual peregrine falcon banding event from 1 to 2 p.m. May 13 in the Rachel Carson State Office Building auditorium. It is sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Protection and Game Commission and also will be webcast live.
"This banding is a unique opportunity for teachers and students to witness firsthand wildlife management techniques," said DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo. "These techniques are an important part of protecting and reintroducing endangered species in Pennsylvania."
Space is limited; registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to educators and students who have not previously attended the event or a falcon educator's workshop.
Anyone can view the live stream of the banding on DEP's website.
During the one-hour session, biologists will retrieve the newly hatched nestlings, weigh them and place a metal band with a falcon-specific code around each bird's left leg. Wildlife officials and bird enthusiasts will use the band code to monitor the birds after they leave the nest. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service band will be placed on the eyases' right leg, registering each on a federal banding database.
Viewers and guests will learn how biologists use alphanumeric bands to study falcons as they migrate, pair with other peregrines and set up breeding territories. They also will hear details about the wildlife-management techniques used to reintroduce and monitor endangered species.
The Rachel Carson State Office Building nest site has been active and reproducing Peregrine falcons for the past 14 years. This year, there is a new female in the nest who arrived last summer and has laid a clutch of four eggs. The eggs should begin to hatch around April 19.
To view the live banding event, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click on the Falcon Cam button.
To register for banding event, mid-state educators should contact DEP's Environmental Education and Information Center at 717-772-1644 or email@example.com.
Fans also may follow the falcons through Twitter at www.twitter.com/FalconChatter.
ATV safety class scheduled
An all-terrain vehicle safety class will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 17 at Wheels Of Williamsport Inc., 99 Grey Fox Drive, Montoursville.
Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Students - youths or adults - must provide their own ATVs.
State-certified safety instructors Bill and Nancy Stugart will teach the course.
Pennsylvania law requires that youths ages 8 through 15 take a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-approved safety training course and earn a safety training certificate from it before operating an ATV off their parents' or legal guardian's property.
To register for the course, call Bill or Nancy at 435-0923.
Run or walk to raise money for research
The Strides for Spinal Cord Injury Research 5K/10K Run and Walk will be held at 9 a.m. June 14 at Indian Park in Montoursville. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Participants who sign up before June 1 will save $4 on the entry free. All participants will receive a bag containing a 5K event T-shirt, coupons/gift certificates to local businesses and other small items (while supplies last).
Giveaway drawings for the participants will be held after the event. Medals will be handed out to the top three finishers in each age group.
All money raised will be donated to the Reeve Irvine Research Center and research for a cure. The center is named after Christopher Reeve and his family and its goal is to cure paralysis after a spinal cord injury. The money raised via the event will go directly to spinal cord injury research.
For more information, call organizer Jay Harner at 570-601-4882.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - Free hunter-trapper education classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club on the following dates:
6 to 9:30 p.m. July 11 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12
6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16
Independent study classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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