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Outdoors

Wolves’ return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the ...

Charges filed in case of abused deer in Pa.

The state Game Commission filed charges last week against two Brookville teenagers who recorded videos of themselves holding down and repeatedly kicking an immobile white-tailed deer. Alexander Brock Smith, 18, and a 17-year-old male who was not identified both were charged. Each faces two ...

What is life like for an insect on these dry winter days?

Although our winter has been mild here, in Northern Pennsylvania, we had what is referred to as a January thaw on the 10th thru the 13th. During this January thaw, we had a wasp flying inside our home on the first day of the thaw; on the 13th, a fly was buzzing around the parishioners in ...

Fly tying course offered by local Trout Unlimited

Susquehanna TU will be offering its annual fly tying course on Tuesday evenings starting February 4 and running through March 31. The classes are free and open to the public and will be held weekly from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, 807 W. 4th Street, ...

Come to Benezette in the winter and experience serenity

Life is good in Benezette all year long. But in the winter, life is serene. And if you are a fan of Pennsylvania’s wild elk herd, now may be the time to plan a visit. Elk County, Pennsylvania is known as the home of a vast majority of Pennsylvania’s 1000-head wild elk herd. And ...

Photography tips for the outdoors in winter

The weather outside on the Susquehanna may be frightful, but the photos it produces are definitely delightful. The softness of falling flurries, a crystalline lattice of icicles in the sun, even the tree limbs draped in fresh white snow are scenes that capture our senses. Despite the ...

The life of whitetail deer through a Pennsylvania winter

So far, our weather has been easy on the wildlife that are active throughout the winter months. The following is a question for you to ponder: The white tail deer population in Pennsylvania increases two weeks out of the year and declines during the remaining 50 weeks. Do you know what two ...

A walk in the woods to celebrate the first snow is a delight

What did you do to celebrate the first snow of the 2019 season? I took a walk in the woods, a glorious walk to one of the most beautiful places in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. It’s the PA Grand Canyon, also known as the Pine Creek Gorge, not far from Wellsboro. Because … Because it ...

Not all are happy about an early deer season

Steve Bray said he and his hunting party planned to hit the woods for Saturday’s opening day of the firearms deer season, but they were not happy about it. Their disappointment centers on the timing of the season. This year, the state Game Commission changed the opening day to Saturday, ...

A hunting license goes a long way in Pennsylvania

At first light, I listen for the distinctive melody of a brightly-colored tiny warbler as he sings the day into being. I watch for a graceful whitetail buck to pass along the edge of a dew-laden meadow. A bald eagle majestically sits on its roost branch as the sun comes up and I sit ...

State ready for a fresh and exciting deer season opener

An early start, good spring and summer conditions and strong rumors of older bucks throughout the state have made this year’s firearms season one hunters are looking forward to, according to the state Game Commission. The season opener, traditionally on the Monday following Thanksgiving, ...

Official logo for the Susquehanna River Water Trail released

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is excited to release an official logo for the Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch. The Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch is a designated Pennsylvania State Water Trail that runs 228 miles from Cherry Tree to Northumberland, as ...

Centuries of sites: A visit to the dreaming tree

An acorn drops to the ground 180 years ago. Its hardened cap sits atop its inch-diameter-size fruit shell as it holds the embryo of a potential oak tree. The small oval fruit cracks and a pale sprout tip seeks the earth below it as its taproot burrows into the rich soil of the mountain ...

Do you know your Susquehanna Valley turkeys?

Did you know that the Susquehanna is home to some unique turkeys? While these turkeys don’t have wings or feathers, they are sure fun to visit and explore! In honor of our favorite Turkey Day, Thanksgiving, we are counting down some of the Susquehanna’s top not-your-typical turkeys. ...

Environmental experts make an autumn plea

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Raking multicolored leaves into a pile, jumping into them and bagging them up may seem like a harmless fall ritual. But environmentalists are informing the public to leave the chore behind. Experts say gathering up your foliage may be more detrimental to your lawn, ...

It’s been a slow year for seasonal holly

It seems that it was only a short time ago that the trees were bursting with colorful leaves and now they are bare. In November, some shrubs, such as the winterberry holly, stand out in the drab background; however, I’ve noticed that this has not been a banner year for the bright red berries ...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

XINING, China (AP) — There’s a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world’s last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the ...

Using nature to celebrate the season

Last week Mary Alice and I went on a scavenger hunt for items in nature to decorate a Christmas tree. We were fortunate to find many different items, including bittersweet. Many years ago, I saw bittersweet growing along the roadside and stopped to cut a few vines for Mary Alice, thinking ...

State is closing in on a record-breaking bear hunting season

Pennsylvania has covered a third of the distance needed to set a state record black bear harvest. Through an early archery bear season in selected Wildlife Management Units, two new October firearms bear seasons and the first week of a two-week statewide archery bear season, Pennsylvania ...

Spooky Susquehanna: Haunted legends of the river wilds

The Susquehanna Greenway is a landscape full of opportunities not only for hiking, biking and paddling, but also for rich cultural and historic treasures, some of which have ghostly pasts. As Halloween approaches, now’s the time to brush up on your Greenway ghouls and legends. So, grab ...