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Outdoors

Signs offer reminder: don’t disturb vernal pools, aquatic life

A springtime rite of passage, vernal pools are usually natural depressions that collect moisture during the spring months and become vital breeding grounds for different species of amphibians. Unfortunately, many of these impromptu pools are found in high-traffic areas where they can be ...

Snow goose migration is an incredible event of nature to witness in person

Witnessing snow goose migration for the first time is a unique experience, truly an awesome event of nature and we are fortunate to be its path. The loud simultaneous honking and circular flight by thousands of geese is sometimes referred to as a tornado. Almost all snow geese in our area are ...

Reflections in Nature: Leeks grow wild throughout northern Pennsylvania

My diary entry for April 16: “Stopped to check on skunk cabbage plants and found several of the plant’s mottled hoods. Later, I also checked on the leeks.” I marked a reminder on my desk calendar to check on the progress of the leeks in a few weeks. The best time to dig leeks is in the ...

A look at watersheds, regulations and rights

Just two weeks into taking the riverkeeper position— armed with a plastic EnviroScape model of a watershed — I spoke with a number of homeschool families at a small library in the western reaches of our region. The discussion included an overview of what makes a watershed, and I explained ...

Avian flu outbreak in Lancaster kills 1.4 million birds

For the first time in almost 40 years, a highly contagious strain of avian flu was detected on a Lancaster County farm, setting in motion a massive response to eliminate more than a million birds and to establish a quarantine zone in a large swath of the county. The disease was found at an ...

State representatives discuss need for conservation funding

Pennsylvania state representatives discuss need for conservation funding at Lycoming County Conservation District legislative breakfast By JON GERARDI jgerardi@sungazette.com It didn’t matter who was speaking to those in attendance Thursday morning at the Genetti Hotel as part of the ...