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Outdoors

NPC purchases land as addition to Loyalsock State Forest

Reneé Carey is pretty sure she wasn’t breathing during the auction to purchase a 112-acre piece of land. As soon as the auctioneer shouted sold, the Executive Director of the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy took a deep breath. Then the real work began. Like, first and ...

Study shows microplastic increase in river’s bass

Tiny plastic particles, also called microplastics, were found in 100% of smallmouth bass digestive systems studied in 2019 via the Susquehanna University’s Freshwater Institute — capping an annual increase in the three-year study. A total of 206 smallmouth bass were collected from ...

Birds fill the air with songs of all sorts

All year round, even in the relatively quiet months of winter, birds are singing in the Northeast. The cries of crows and ravens, the burbling calls of chickadees and tufted titmice, house finches and goldfinches, enrich the cold months. But then comes Spring — and the world fills with ...

Game Commission expands CWD areas

The battle to control chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania is expanding into new areas. The Pennsylvania Game Commission maintains three Disease Management Areas across the state to control CWD. They are geographic regions featuring special rules for hunters and the general public ...

Bear rescued as cub returned to wild

JACKSON, Wyo. — When Taz McBride first laid eyes on “Hissy” he was up close with the tiny black bear in his grandmother’s Melody Ranch backyard. Hissy wasn’t exactly menacing, as far as black bears go. The gaunt, housecat-size animal appeared to be out on its own when it circled ...

Celebrate fireflies this summer

Many of us have first memories of fireflies as a child, chasing them through woods, fields, or our backyards; and trying to catch them in a jar so we could more closely examine these amazing insects. Others may think of a popular bedtime story Sam and the Firefly, a tale of a trouble-making ...

Licenses now on sale for expanded deer hunting seasons

HARRISBURG — With expanded Sunday hunting for big game and an archery deer season that reaches deeper than ever into the whitetail rut, 2020 is sure to be a historic year for hunting in Pennsylvania. And seizing those opportunities is only a license purchase away. Licenses for the ...

PGC extends Wildlife on WiFi campaign

HARRISBURG — The Game Commission is extending its Wildlife on WiFi virtual learning campaign. The campaign was originally launched to provide parents, youth, and educators with at-home wildlife-education resources during the academic year school closures. While schools are out for the summer, ...

Organic farm, market and cafe opens in Poconos

Sprawling across more than 380 acres, Pocono Organics across from Pocono Raceway in Long Pond in Monroe County officially opened its farm, market and cafe to the public on Thursday. The massive farm is poised to become one of the largest regenerative organic fruit and vegetable operations in ...

Silent spring poses challenge

From the field above me came the “bang” of a 12-gauge shotgun that was immediately followed by a second “bang.” One of the things spring gobbler hunters quickly learn is that one “bang” or an almost instant second “bang” usually means “floppage” with a gobbler down. ...

Little Pine to host program on atlatls

WATERVILLE — Little Pine State Park will have programs on “Atlatls” on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Join the park staff as they educate you on a weapon which pre-dates the bow and arrow. The Atlatl was once one of the most widely distributed tools during ancient times and is ...

Catch of a lifetime

It was close to 10 p.m. William Breasette had already packed up his fishing gear on the bank of the Susquehanna River and was ready to head home. His son, Liam, wanted just one more cast. That cast landed. What ensued was a 30-minute struggle which led to the fish story of a lifetime. Liam, ...

Charitable journey: Man kayaks Susquehanna to raise veteran suicide awareness

Jeff Loeffler took his first step in what he thinks was mud. Actually, he just hopes it was mud. In fact, no matter what it was, he’s going to assume it was mud because the alternative is not really something he wants to think about. On the banks of the Susquehanna River with only days ...

Williamsport native catches 49-inch muskie

Williamsport native Liam Breasette caught an impressive 49-inch long muskie in Lycoming County. The state record is 57 inches, which has stood since 1924. Breasette, 19 years old, is currently attending Lock Haven University and is an avid fisherman along with his dad, William.

Hot shots: Top photo locations of the Susquehanna Greenway

Now is the time to grab your cameras and get out on the Greenway. Not only is May National Photography month, but the Susquehanna Greenway is awakening with the onset of warmer weather and a landscape of photography opportunities. Not sure where to start? Here are some favorite spots in the ...

Safe boating involves checklists, common sense

“Life jackets?” “They’re on the back seat,” I answered my friend who was taking out his dad’s small bass boat for the first time on the Susquehanna. ​ ​With an equal mix of excitement — and nervousness — we went around the boat, making sure everything was in place. We ...

More shooting ranges now open

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced that, on May 22 it reopened shooting ranges on additional state game lands in counties to be upgraded to the yellow phase in the state’s three-phase matrix to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Those counties include: Adams, Beaver, ...

Seeing your favorite birds on a 4-mile run

Recently, my wife and I have been combining two of our favorite outdoor activities — birding and running. We run at our favorite birding hotspots, eyes-wide and ears perked, and stop only when we see or hear something interesting. We coined it “bird running” and it has been a welcome ...

New Riverkeeper brings experience, passion to the job

When John Zaktansky, the new Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, came to the position after Carol Parenzan resigned last year, he brought with him a whole lot of experience and a passion for protecting and connecting with the outdoors. “For me, it was kind of a converging point of a whole ...