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Outdoors

Trout Unlimited coordinator discusses trout and trends

​Over the course of a decade, Hammersley Fork — a tributary of Kettle Creek in portions of Potter and Clinton counties — had jumped its bank and traveled down a stretch of road. “People were essentially driving through a Class A trout stream,” said Kathleen Lavelle, a field ...

Beware of dangerous water conditions after wet weather

HARRISBURG — With a combination of heavy rain, warmer temperatures and accelerated snowmelt forecasted throughout central and eastern portions of Pennsylvania over the next several days, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) encourages boaters, anglers, and hunters using boats to ...

Hanover’s Eagle Cam back for the season

A new season of live-streamed action from a bald-eagle nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover, Pa. is underway. The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced its popular Eagle Cam, a joint project with partners HDOnTap and Comcast Business, has returned. The Hanover cam is one of two ...

Technology and clothing upgrades fuel ice fishing surge

As Ivan Eego and a group of friends joined for an ice fishing expedition on Oneida Lake in New York last year, things didn’t go as they expected. “The weather was horrific, fishing was bad, I broke through the ice after dark and had an ATV break down a mile out and had to retrace my ...

Game Commission releasing pheasants statewide

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s pheasant hunters have one last opportunity this season to hunt newly released birds. The seventh and final pheasant releases of 2020 are scheduled for today and Wednesday. More than 10% of the pheasants allocated for release in 2020 are stocked during these ...

Gifts of Wise Men still used today

Mary Alice, with some help from me, has been decorating our home for the holidays. Sadly, due to the COVID restrictions for traveling and limiting the amount of people who can meet, we are not going to visit our families. Christmas of 2020 will be much different than those in the past due to ...

Wolf administration report details effort to combat CWD

HARRISBURG — The Wolf Administration today released a report detailing coordinated efforts of state and federal agencies and Pennsylvania research institutions to combat Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, a contagious, fatal disease that threatens deer. The report outlines the status of the ...

Pompeo says Russia ‘pretty clearly’ behind cyberattack on US

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Russia was "pretty clearly" behind the grave cyberattack against the United States, the first administration official to publicly tie the Kremlin to the widespread intrusion at a time when President Donald Trump has kept silent on the failure to protect ...

A multitude of reasons make sure no snowflakes are the same

Due to the pandemic, Mary Alice and I have been staying home. However, last week, we needed to go food shopping. Before we reached the grocery store, we stopped at the doughnut shop to go through the drive-thru window. While sitting in the truck and eating our doughnuts, the snowflakes began ...

DCNR cancels all organized in-person events

HARRISBURG — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced recently the department has canceled all in-person events and programs organized by its staff and volunteers in all state parks and forests. “Safety of all our state park and forest ...

DCNR monitors shale drilling amid pandemic

HARRISBURG — The Wolf Administration recognized the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry for ongoing efforts to monitor the environmental and natural resource impacts of shale gas drilling on state forest land during the COVID-19 pandemic, and finding new ...

Animal of legend

On the beautiful Sunday after Thanksgiving Mary Alice and I set out to buy a Christmas tree. From Troy, we drove up and over Armenia Mountain to Blossburg and on to Zimmer’s Tree Farm in Covington. For the past several years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has received many letters and ...

Winter of Finches

The winter of the finches is upon us. A combination of factors has resulted in an influx, or irruption, of several species of northern finches looking for food into the northeast. Fair to poor conifer cone and white birch crops along the eastern Great Lakes, along with spruce budworm outbreaks ...

Signs of change

As we near Thanksgiving, many new signs point to a change in seasons. But according to long- time bird-watcher and member of the Lycoming Audubon Society Gary Metzger, there’s no better introduction to the early holiday slate than the wave of migratory birds moving through our region — ...

Life vests a priority in cold months

Paddling around a group of islands in the North Branch of the Susquehanna River below Shickshinny three Novembers ago, Scranton native Roger Swingle’s fishing pole became tangled in a tree. “I reached behind me to untangle the pole, and I lost my balance,” he said, plunging into ...

Animals on the move can lead to dangerous situations

For the past few weeks, Mary Alice and I have been traveling on both major highways and back roads to visit our children and their families. Even during the daylight hours, we have had deer run across the roadway in front of us. Now that we have changed back to standard time, more vehicles will ...

Bear check stations undergo changes

HARRISBURG — Whether inspired by a record 2019 harvest or the new hunting opportunities dotting the 2020 calendar, bear hunters are lining up to buy licenses at a rate never before seen. And those who experience success in the coming bear seasons should be prepared for some changes at bear ...

PSU experts explain how to handle lanternlfy egg masses

STATE COLLEGE — In the world of the spotted lanternfly, fall cues egg-laying season, which leads homeowners perturbed by the pest to ponder, “What should I do about egg masses?” The answer, in short, is to “scrape, smash and squash.” But new research also suggests that several ...

BIRD LORE: Feeders can provide food source to birds in cold

Pumpkin spice and flannel are upon us. We are drawn indoors, but we are still looking out the window. If there is ever a good time of year to hang your bird feeders around the yard, it is now, during the winter months. Temperature extremes and migration periods are when resources are scarce ...

Birds show great memory for stored food

Through the years, I have usually recognized faces but have always struggled to remember names. However, with everyone wearing masks due to the virus, it has become even harder to recognize the people I meet on the street. My only saving grace is that most people are having the same ...