Outdoors

On Virginia farm, microbes turn organic waste into compost

EVINGTON, Va. — More than 60 percent of organic waste goes into local landfills, according to Ken Newman, owner and operator of Royal Oak Farm. That organic waste — everything from paper products to scraps and leftovers — could be recycled into compost that is healthy for the ...

Step back in time on the Susquehanna Trail

Just outside of Williamsport, there is a little island with a big and storied history — a place laced with trails and tales of days gone by. From the Native Americans who once called it home to wartime narratives of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, this little ...

The line between humans and animals can be thin

Recently, Mary Alice and I were sitting by a window at a popular hamburger restaurant, in Elmira, NY, when a family walked by with a medium sized dog on a leash. As the family approached the door, the dad picked up the dog and the family entered the eatery. I noticed heads turning toward the ...

NC conservationists work to recover native brook trout

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — If brook trout could speak, they might have gurgled something like “back off!” to the men stalking them with Ghostbuster-like backpack electrofishers, nets and scissors. But the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission brook trout team technicians shocked, ...

There’s an island getaway in your own backyard

Imagine this: Above you, an expansive night sky filled with stars. All around you, the chirps of crickets and the soft sounds of the Susquehanna River. In front of you, a cozy, glowing fire. That’s what it’s like to camp out on the beautiful and secluded islands within the Susquehanna ...

Look around this summer, there is wonder in everything natural

Although summer arrived on June 21, umbrellas have been used on more days than air conditioners. Mary Alice doesn’t like the heat, and I thrive on it. After hearing that 6- to 8 inches of snow had fallen in Idaho, on the first day of summer, she was ready to pack a suitcase. However, I ...

Reflections in nature: The origins of the red-winged blackbird

On June 17, 1775, George Washington took office as General in Chief of the Continental Army, consisting of militia from the various colonies. With the difficulty of distinguishing officers from soldiers, Washington issued an order that officers were to wear red and pink colored cockades in ...

West Branch fish populations on the rise

A report of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River showing healthy and increasing amounts of smallmouth bass populations, as well as many other fish species, could mean a great spring and summer for anglers in the river. The report, recently released by the state Fish and Boat Commission, ...

Local outdoors teacher encourages wintertime play

MUNCY ­– Concerned that cold weather may lead to sickness or injury, many caregivers keep toddlers and preschoolers inside once the temperature drops. But local Tinkergarten teacher Alicia Colonie believes simple modifications can encourage safe and engaging outdoor play all winter ...

The nose knows: Riverkeeper trains retriever to detect sewage

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan uses many resources to aid her in patrolling the Susquehanna River watershed, but only one has a furry body and a nose that is being trained to sniff out the presence of raw sewage in the water. Little Susquehanna, or “Sussey” as Parenzan ...

Gun law seminars offered to public

Three gun law seminars will be held in the region next month, courtesy of state Reps. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, and Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township. The events, which are open to the public, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on: • Oct. 18 at Mountain View Alliance Church, 1515 Cemetery ...

Reflections in Nature: Eggs vs. live young

We are in the time of the year when wildlife are giving birth to their young. In nature, some mothers lay eggs, while others give birth to live young. Both methods have benefits. Laying eggs allows greater mobility for the female, which will not be encumbered by developing embryos inside ...

‘Feather’ report: Cold with a chance of snowys

No, this is not a weather report; it’s a “feather” report from this past winter. Birdwatchers will recall the winter of 2013-14 when an unprecedented and historical southward irruption of snowy owls — big, white birds from the great white north — occurred into the United States ...

ATV trails to open next week

COUDERSPORT — Forty-three miles of designated ATV trails on the Susquehannock State Forest will open at noon May 25, according to District Forester Chris Nicholas. All-terrain vehicles must be registered and operators must carry proof of liability insurance. All riders must wear ...

Penn College archers headed to nationals

The Pennsylvania College of Technology archery team puts everything on the line May 17-20 when it competes in the Collegiate Outdoor Nationals at Easton Newberry Archery Center, Newberry, Florida. Official practice and opening ceremonies will be held on May 17. There will be a 72-arrow ...

Fishing derby planned this Saturday in Black Hole Creek

The Black Hole Creek Fishing Derby will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday for children up to the age of 15. Fishing will begin at the Bower Street bridge and South Main Street in Montgomery Borough. All anglers will be eligible for a prize drawing.

OUT & ABOUT

Master Gardeners announce events The Penn State Master Gardeners of Lycoming County will hold a variety of free, public programs this spring. While free, registration is required for some programs due to limited seating. To register, go online to http://extension.psu.edu/lycoming/events and ...

Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament scheduled for coming weekend

WELLSBORO — Up to $14,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded during the 28th annual Upper Pine Creek Trout Tournament, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon Snowmobile Club. The tournament will take place Saturday and next Sunday along a 13-mile stretch of Pine Creek between the Mill ...