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Outdoors

Williamsport native runs in grueling ultra trail competition in France

It was a bit of a surreal experience for Thomas McNerney as he would run into various towns. As he’d start to run past cafes and bistros, adults and children who were sitting down having dinner would start cheering him on from a far, shouting out “McNerney!” It’s one thing to be ...

Reflections in Nature: Witch hazel tree is quite remarkable

Have you ever been surprised to see a tree that appeared as if someone had tied yellow ribbons on its bare branches? “Witch-hazel blossoms in the fall, to cure the chills and fayvers all.” It’s from “The Sager Witch” by Ernest Thompson Seaton. The witch hazel is classified as ...

Pennsylvania bear season begins Oct. 16

Opportunity and variety mark the 2021 bear seasons, which began with archery hunting on Sept. 18 in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D. The season runs through Nov. 26 there, including Sunday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 21. Archery hunting is permitted in WMU 5B from Oct. 2 to Nov. 19, ...

Reflections in Nature: Grapes were one of earliest plants cultivated by man

While riding on rural roads one can see many wild apple trees loaded with small apples. By now, these apples have begun falling to the ground. It would be ideal if the apples remained on the trees long enough to freeze and then fell off during the winter months when wildlife have a hard time ...

DCNR seeking members for trails committee

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is seeking three volunteer members for the 2022 Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today. “We are looking for trails ...

Waterfowl hunters are sought for study by PGC

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking cooperation from waterfowl hunters for a study that will evaluate to what extent contaminants such as PCBs, dioxins and heavy metals are affecting ducks and geese. Like fish, waterfowl can store these contaminants at levels that ...