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Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association receives grant to recruit anglers

The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association was chosen as one of 14 programs within 10 Pennsylvania counties to receive a combined $160,000 in grant money from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s R3 Grant Program, designed to recruit, retain or reactivate anglers. The association ...

Cabbage butterflies becoming common

Lately, I’ve been noticing the cabbage butterfly, which is the small white butterfly, with black markings. Since many insects are named after the plants they feed on, I always assumed these butterflies fed heavily on cabbage plants. A female cabbage butterfly has two black dots on its ...

Philadelphia pair adjusts plans for 14-state trek along Appalachian Trail

PHILADELPHIA — Kera Passante and Bill Welch were just 19 days into the journey of their lifetimes — hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine — when the pandemic’s shadow fell across their path. The Chester County couple, both of whom are experienced hikers, prepared for ...

2020 turkey survey reports due to PGC

HARRISBURG — September’s arrival will end the Pennsylvania Game Commission public survey on wild turkey sightings, but participants can report their July and August sightings through Friday. Reports must be filed online at www.pgc.pa.gov and clicking on “August Turkey Sighting Survey” ...

BIRD LORE: Planting natives can help birds feed

Special to the Sun-Gazette It’s no big secret that many of us really enjoy the sight and sounds of our birds. The fact that you’re reading this article may indicate that you are part of that group. Per the 2011 Census, 47 million people in the United State consider themselves to be ...

It’s that time of year to pick berries

The month of August is a delight for berry-pickers, with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries ripe and ready for picking. During August, one can easily spot an avid berry-picker by looking at their berry juice stained hands. Blackberries and raspberries, which are also known as ...

Florida Keys to release modified mosquitoes to fight illness like Zika

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Sometime next year, genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys in an effort to combat persistent insect-borne diseases such as Dengue fever and the Zika virus. The plan approved this week by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District calls ...

Backyard range fuels ambition

ALVON, W.Va. — As much as she loved shotgun sports, 17-year-old Makayla Scott grew weary of traveling four hours just to practice with a team. So, she took matters into her own hands. She and her father built a skeet range in their backyard and gathered a team of middle- and ...

August is the month of wild flowers appearing along road sides

Almost every day a different wild flower appears along the road sides. August is the month when yarrow, tansy, goldenrod, monarda, evening primrose, mullein, Joe-Pye weed, Queen Ann’s lace, touch-me nots, etc. make up the “Master’s Garden”. Many women and men, including Mary Alice, ...

Applications are open for wild pheasant youth hunt

HARRISBURG — For the fourth year in a row, some lucky junior hunters will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of seeing a cackling pheasant rooster pounding skyward while having a special opportunity to harvest the wild game bird this Fall. The Pennsylvania Game Commission ...

Vacationers turn to camping, RVs seeking solitude, distance

ROANOKE, Va. — Charlene Nibert planned to celebrate her retirement from teaching on an Alaskan cruise. But it was canceled because of the coronavirus. So Nibert, of New Port Richey, Florida, used the money she’d set aside for the cruise to buy a recreational vehicle. She and a friend ...

Study finds Michigan eagles die from being hit by cars

DETROIT — America’s iconic national bird, the bald eagle, has made an impressive comeback from its days as an endangered species. But its leading threats remain rooted in human activity, the most comprehensive study ever of bald eagle mortality in Michigan finds. Researchers with the U.S. ...

Exotic crayfish a growing issue

A violent battle rages in waterways throughout Pennsylvania, as native crayfish increasingly are wiped out by invasive exotic species such as the rusty crayfish — a transplant from the Ohio River basin. “On one trip, I actually witnessed a rusty crayfish battling a native species, and ...

Fruit flies can be a nuisance in the house

We all know that if you place fruit in a bowl, fruit flies will surely begin flying about. Several weeks ago, Mary Alice said, “Where are all these fruit flies coming from when we have no fruit sitting out?” Mrs. Clean very seldom has dirty dishes in the sink and our garbage is in a ...

Quiet oceans open window for Shark Week

LOS ANGELES — The coronavirus pandemic forced people to stay put, but it gave sharks a travel passport and scientists a rare opportunity. Ocean spots cleared of fishing boats and other intrusions by COVID-19 quarantines saw increased and even unusual marine life behavior - and Discovery ...

Bucks birding groups discuss diversity and inclusion

NEW HOPE — The female belted kingfisher had paused on top of a cattail, its blue plumage and regal crest of feathers as striking as its calls. Tykee James was riveted. “I realized, ‘there’s something happening there,’” said James. “There can be a strong relationship between ...

Red-breasted nuthatch a favorite of birders

Red-breasted nuthatches are often a challenging and favorite bird for local birders. Many are probably more familiar with their relative, the white-breasted nuthatch, which is a very common deciduous forest and feeder bird. Most who see red-breasted nuthatches find the winter visitors, which ...

West Branch Paddle Club launched

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is excited to launch the West Branch Paddle Club: a program that provides resources and celebrates paddlers of all ages and ability levels for their exploration of the Susquehanna River Water Trail-West Branch (West Branch). Whether you’re a day ...

New book shares stories of local retired Game Warden

RENOVO — If it weren’t for the constant shadow of danger revolving around encounters, John Wasserman’s book about his 34-year career as a Pennsylvania Game Warden would be considered comical at times. Wasserman details some of his most memorable cases in his new book “Woods Cop,” ...