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Outdoors

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 ...

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 ...

Hunting is a necessity only when done respectfully

For thousands of years, the moon, rather than the sun, was used by people to track the seasons. Many civilizations gave names to the full moon, of each month, based upon a particular feature of the month. Most of these names, such as those of animals, crops, and weather, were based on ...

Endangered wolf copes with being housed in enclosure

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Virginia Living Museum’s lone red wolf seemed to be in a good mood... His tail was down, his reddish coat flat, his ears forward. “Aw, he’s being a goof today,” said Robin Sutker, bird and mammal curator, as he rolled on the forest floor to rub a scent into ...

Hellbender worthy of the state name

The waters of the Susquehanna Greenway are filled with many creepy crawlers, from small critters such as crawdads and spiders, to larger creatures that have made history and may even be right in your backyard. Take for example, the infamous Susquehanna alligator. Discovered near Wilkes-Barre ...

Iditarod changes tack, will meet with animal welfare leader

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The new head of Alaska’s Iditarod plans to meet with a leader of an animal welfare group that’s devoted to ending the world’s most famous sled dog race, which it sees as a cruel, deadly event for its canine participants. Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness ...

Autumn on the Rail Trail: Fall is the perfect time for a trip

Fall weather is often a delight in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Its cool crisp mornings turn into warm colorful days. Leaves turn from green to yellow to orange and red and the annual autumn display delights visitors as well as local folks. It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy ...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia dams

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two prominent Pacific Northwest tribes said Monday the U.S. government needs to remove three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore traditional fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty ...

California passing law that would ban smoking on state parks and beaches

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste at parks and beaches. Violations of the law will be punishable by a fine of up to $25. ...

The Pine Creek Rail Trail awaits

Snap, crackle, and pop…. the sound of my tires on the smooth gravel pavement as I ride along on my bicycle has a soothing sound to it. My mind settles ... Slows ... And life almost stands still. I am at my happy place – the Pine Creek Rail Trail. And it’s waiting to be your happy ...

Pennsylvania’s wild elk rut attracts nature enthusiasts

It’s Fall and old-timers know that the winds in the Elk County mountains waft with a new sound these days. They have heard that sound for years and know it’s the arrival of the wild elk rut. The distinctive mating calls of the wild bull elk of the Benezette area will bring the place ...

Fee-based hunting site mulled by planning commission

A proposal for locating a fee-based hunting site in Muncy Township raised discussion among members of the Lycoming County Planning Commission during their regular monthly meeting Thursday night. The precise location of the 54-acre contained hunting area was not disclosed, nor was the owner of ...

Rare California trout species returns to native habitat

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species is swimming in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population and removal of its threatened status. About 30 ...

The Susquehanna Greenway: The prime outdoor opportunity in your own backyard

If trails, parks and opportunities for enjoying outdoor recreation sound good to you, then you’re in luck. The Susquehanna Greenway has all of that and more, but few know what a greenway entails. So, let’s learn a little bit more about this statewide system that’s right in your ...

The slow and beautiful arrival of the fall season

To the inexperienced eye, autumn arrives overnight; however, those that look for signs of the changing season will watch as autumn creeps into our lives, almost a day at a time. Autumn comes in with the misty dawn mornings when a blanket of fog covers the ground. The fog persists against ...

The resilience of trees during major storms

We were watching the weather report on television as hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, causing devastating damage. After viewing the palm trees bending in half, Mary Alice asked me how the palm trees withstand the 180 mile winds?” Through the years, she has asked me many questions that ...

May fish swim in September on Susquehanna tributary

Early European settlers along the Susquehanna River called Alosa sapidissima the “May fish,” Maifisch, or Moifisch, depending on their country of origin. Today, they are simply known as American shad or shad. History tells us that shad ran in such great quantities that church bells would ...

Local man finds peace, inspiration from documenting eagles’ lives

John Green took his first photo of an eagle three years ago, and hasn’t stopped since. Now that he is retired, most days he and his camera can be found sitting at Little Pine State Park, in Cummings Township, keeping a watchful eye on an eagle’s nest across Pine Creek. When he snapped ...

Where to turn when rescuing a wild animal

Most compassionate people find it hard to turn away from a suffering and obviously incapacitated animal, whether it be domestic or wild. With domestic animals though, at least you know where to turn. Local animal shelters such as the Lycoming County SPCA are staffed and ready to help with ...