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Outdoors

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 ...

The wind’s mysterious impact on life

Do you have a bucket List? Well, my wife does and one item on her bucket list was to go for a sail boat ride. So, several weeks ago, when our daughter’s family came to visit we all went to Watkins Glen, where we went for a schooner excursion on Seneca Lake. The schooner was named True ...

On Virginia farm, microbes turn organic waste into compost

EVINGTON, Va. — More than 60 percent of organic waste goes into local landfills, according to Ken Newman, owner and operator of Royal Oak Farm. That organic waste — everything from paper products to scraps and leftovers — could be recycled into compost that is healthy for the ...

Step back in time on the Susquehanna Trail

Just outside of Williamsport, there is a little island with a big and storied history — a place laced with trails and tales of days gone by. From the Native Americans who once called it home to wartime narratives of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, this little ...

The line between humans and animals can be thin

Recently, Mary Alice and I were sitting by a window at a popular hamburger restaurant, in Elmira, NY, when a family walked by with a medium sized dog on a leash. As the family approached the door, the dad picked up the dog and the family entered the eatery. I noticed heads turning toward the ...

NC conservationists work to recover native brook trout

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — If brook trout could speak, they might have gurgled something like “back off!” to the men stalking them with Ghostbuster-like backpack electrofishers, nets and scissors. But the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission brook trout team technicians shocked, ...

There’s an island getaway in your own backyard

Imagine this: Above you, an expansive night sky filled with stars. All around you, the chirps of crickets and the soft sounds of the Susquehanna River. In front of you, a cozy, glowing fire. That’s what it’s like to camp out on the beautiful and secluded islands within the Susquehanna ...

Look around this summer, there is wonder in everything natural

Although summer arrived on June 21, umbrellas have been used on more days than air conditioners. Mary Alice doesn’t like the heat, and I thrive on it. After hearing that 6- to 8 inches of snow had fallen in Idaho, on the first day of summer, she was ready to pack a suitcase. However, I ...

Reflections in nature: The origins of the red-winged blackbird

On June 17, 1775, George Washington took office as General in Chief of the Continental Army, consisting of militia from the various colonies. With the difficulty of distinguishing officers from soldiers, Washington issued an order that officers were to wear red and pink colored cockades in ...

West Branch fish populations on the rise

A report of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River showing healthy and increasing amounts of smallmouth bass populations, as well as many other fish species, could mean a great spring and summer for anglers in the river. The report, recently released by the state Fish and Boat Commission, ...

Local outdoors teacher encourages wintertime play

MUNCY ­– Concerned that cold weather may lead to sickness or injury, many caregivers keep toddlers and preschoolers inside once the temperature drops. But local Tinkergarten teacher Alicia Colonie believes simple modifications can encourage safe and engaging outdoor play all winter ...

The nose knows: Riverkeeper trains retriever to detect sewage

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan uses many resources to aid her in patrolling the Susquehanna River watershed, but only one has a furry body and a nose that is being trained to sniff out the presence of raw sewage in the water. Little Susquehanna, or “Sussey” as Parenzan ...