Watershed group to hold public meeting
BARBOURS - The Loyalsock Creek Watershed Association will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday 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. Wednesday, 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.
Take a walk and learn about trees
LEWISBURG - The Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy will hold a tree walk at 6 p.m. Friday.
Attendees will learn about notable trees in downtown Lewisburg. Meet at Hufnagle Park.
Hit the hiking trails 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:
Saturday - 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.
May 3 - Dale's Ridge Trail, Union County. Hike 2 easy miles and look for migratory birds. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the trail head parking on Strawbridge Road, about a mile off of Route 192, 1.5 miles west of Lewisburg. Register with Roy Fontaine at 570-220-4707.
May 4 - Black Moshannon Lake Loop Hike, Centre County. Hike 11 miles, rated as moderate-strenuous for length. See gorgeous spring flowers along the Moss-Hanne Trail, which circles Black Moshannon Lake. Meet at the Lewisburg post office at 8:30 a.m., the Ravensburg rest stop along Interstate 80 at 9 a.m. or the beach parking lot at Black Moshannon State Park at 10 a.m. Register with Paul Shaw at 717-215-8339 or email@example.com.
Annual creek cleanup announced
MONTGOMERY - The Great Black Hole Creek Cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, 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:
Saturday - 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 Saturday, 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.
Search for spring woodland wildflowers on walk
WASHINGTONVILLE - Join PPL's senior naturalist Jon Beam on an exploratory walk through the Montour Environmental Preserve's woodland to discover the joy and beauty of spring wildflowers. The event is set from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday.
Early bloomers have some unique adaptations that allow them to sprout and bloom in a mad dash to beat the growth of tree leaves. They are among the first signs that spring is truly here. The group will explore interesting facts and fascinating folklore about the species encountered along the way.
The free program will meet at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour and then click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or email@example.com.
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, continue throughout in April.
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.
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 570-435-0923.
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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