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Outdoors

Reflections in Nature: Swallows are often mistaken for swifts

I recently called my friend Bob Bastion to see if the barn swallows have returned to build their nests under the eaves of his cabinet shop. In recent years, he would report that the birds would arrive at the beginning of May after a stretch of warm days. The famous swallows return on schedule ...

Volunteers pitch in as part of Susquehanna Greenway Cleanup Week

Communities across the region were alive with volunteers recently in celebration of Earth Day and the second annual Susquehanna Greenway Cleanup Week. Over the course of the week of April 16-24, 12 towns organized events that attracted hundreds of volunteers and collectively removed ...

Plunketts Creek project earns award

The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy and Pennsylvania Game Commission’s efforts on Plunketts Creek at Proctor are being recognized with a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The project was evaluated for the degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership, ...

Spring turkey hunting season runs April 30 through Tuesday, May 31

HARRISBURG — Timing alone would make it special. Pennsylvania’s upcoming spring gobbler season — the state’s only big-game hunt outside of fall and winter — takes place when the world seems new, freshly green and alive. This year’s season began last Saturday with a one-day hunt ...