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Outdoors

Signs of change

As we near Thanksgiving, many new signs point to a change in seasons. But according to long- time bird-watcher and member of the Lycoming Audubon Society Gary Metzger, there’s no better introduction to the early holiday slate than the wave of migratory birds moving through our region — ...

Life vests a priority in cold months

Paddling around a group of islands in the North Branch of the Susquehanna River below Shickshinny three Novembers ago, Scranton native Roger Swingle’s fishing pole became tangled in a tree. “I reached behind me to untangle the pole, and I lost my balance,” he said, plunging into ...

Animals on the move can lead to dangerous situations

For the past few weeks, Mary Alice and I have been traveling on both major highways and back roads to visit our children and their families. Even during the daylight hours, we have had deer run across the roadway in front of us. Now that we have changed back to standard time, more vehicles will ...

Bear check stations undergo changes

HARRISBURG — Whether inspired by a record 2019 harvest or the new hunting opportunities dotting the 2020 calendar, bear hunters are lining up to buy licenses at a rate never before seen. And those who experience success in the coming bear seasons should be prepared for some changes at bear ...

PSU experts explain how to handle lanternlfy egg masses

STATE COLLEGE — In the world of the spotted lanternfly, fall cues egg-laying season, which leads homeowners perturbed by the pest to ponder, “What should I do about egg masses?” The answer, in short, is to “scrape, smash and squash.” But new research also suggests that several ...

BIRD LORE: Feeders can provide food source to birds in cold

Pumpkin spice and flannel are upon us. We are drawn indoors, but we are still looking out the window. If there is ever a good time of year to hang your bird feeders around the yard, it is now, during the winter months. Temperature extremes and migration periods are when resources are scarce ...

Birds show great memory for stored food

Through the years, I have usually recognized faces but have always struggled to remember names. However, with everyone wearing masks due to the virus, it has become even harder to recognize the people I meet on the street. My only saving grace is that most people are having the same ...

In a time of declining population, bluebirds are going strong

If you enjoy the outdoors, you’ve most likely walked the trails at Rider Park. And if gardening is one of your hobbies, you’ve probably spent some time wandering around the Sensory Garden at the County Farm, and perhaps walked the Conservation Trail. Outdoor enthusiasts can also ...

Leaves begin changing colors as fall hits full swing

In Bradford County this year our leaves are about a week earlier than other years. By the time you are reading this column, the peak of leaf color will have passed up here in Bradford County. However, Mary Alice and I noticed that the leaf color was not as far along in the Williamsport ...

Nevada dam changes give rare trout new life 115 years later

WADSWORTH, Nev. — U.S. and tribal officials are celebrating completion of a $34 million fish bypass system at a Nevada dam that will allow a threatened trout species to return to some of its native spawning grounds for the first time in more than a century. Construction of the side ...

PGC Board discusses changes at last meeting

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, in compliance with state guidelines to minimize the effects of COVID-19, met late last month in an online format that was open for the public to follow live. Meeting highlights appear below. Regulations better address wildlife ...

Tiadaghton State Forest schedules events for October

Trek with Your Pet! Friday, Oct. 9 — 5-6:30 p.m. A Pet Friendly Hike. Bring your furry friend along on an easy-moderate 2-mile hike in Tiadaghton State Forest. Pets must be friendly with other people and animals and must remained on a leash at all times. Exact meeting location will be ...

Environmental studies part of Central Susquehanna Thruway

Editor’s note: This story from the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is Part 1 of a series of stories and response to the Central Susquehanna Thruway Project. A $156 million river bridge project expected to run more than 4,500 feet with a peak elevation of 180 feet over the ...

Wildfires helped scientists discover jet stream in ‘40s

On several days during the second week of September, the sky had a milky-tinged color and the setting sun was a strange hue. The billowing smoke which blanketed the west coast began settling into the atmosphere thousands of miles away along the east coast. Propelled by the jet stream and a ...

Turkey Path reopened at local state park

At 4 p.m. on Sept. 18, the Turkey Path was opened to the public for the first time since last Thanksgiving at Leonard Harrison State Park. This popular out-and-back hiking trail is on a steep slope which descends 800 feet to the bottom of the gorge where Pine Creek flows and bikers, walkers, ...

PGC approves use of night vision for furbearers

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved the use of night vision and infrared (thermal) optics in the hunting of furbearers, animals traditionally trapped or hunted for their pelts. Commissioners gave final approval during a brief online meeting Saturday to the change, ...

Area man leads fly fishing program at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE — George Daniel is truly living the dream. The Beech Creek resident is the lead instructor and director of Penn State University’s fly fishing program. Daniel took over that role toward the end of 2019. Penn State’s fly fishing program is a part of its Department of ...

The fox is a cunning animal

Lately, we have been hearing and reading a lot of news about college students returning to classes and the increase in cases of the COVID-19 virus. It has been reported large parties and other gatherings attended by the students are responsible for this increase in COVID cases. At the same ...

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 ...