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Outdoors

In a time of declining population, bluebirds are going strong

If you enjoy the outdoors, you’ve most likely walked the trails at Rider Park. And if gardening is one of your hobbies, you’ve probably spent some time wandering around the Sensory Garden at the County Farm, and perhaps walked the Conservation Trail. Outdoor enthusiasts can also ...

Leaves begin changing colors as fall hits full swing

In Bradford County this year our leaves are about a week earlier than other years. By the time you are reading this column, the peak of leaf color will have passed up here in Bradford County. However, Mary Alice and I noticed that the leaf color was not as far along in the Williamsport ...

Nevada dam changes give rare trout new life 115 years later

WADSWORTH, Nev. — U.S. and tribal officials are celebrating completion of a $34 million fish bypass system at a Nevada dam that will allow a threatened trout species to return to some of its native spawning grounds for the first time in more than a century. Construction of the side ...

PGC Board discusses changes at last meeting

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, in compliance with state guidelines to minimize the effects of COVID-19, met late last month in an online format that was open for the public to follow live. Meeting highlights appear below. Regulations better address wildlife ...

Tiadaghton State Forest schedules events for October

Trek with Your Pet! Friday, Oct. 9 — 5-6:30 p.m. A Pet Friendly Hike. Bring your furry friend along on an easy-moderate 2-mile hike in Tiadaghton State Forest. Pets must be friendly with other people and animals and must remained on a leash at all times. Exact meeting location will be ...

Environmental studies part of Central Susquehanna Thruway

Editor’s note: This story from the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is Part 1 of a series of stories and response to the Central Susquehanna Thruway Project. A $156 million river bridge project expected to run more than 4,500 feet with a peak elevation of 180 feet over the ...

Wildfires helped scientists discover jet stream in ‘40s

On several days during the second week of September, the sky had a milky-tinged color and the setting sun was a strange hue. The billowing smoke which blanketed the west coast began settling into the atmosphere thousands of miles away along the east coast. Propelled by the jet stream and a ...

Turkey Path reopened at local state park

At 4 p.m. on Sept. 18, the Turkey Path was opened to the public for the first time since last Thanksgiving at Leonard Harrison State Park. This popular out-and-back hiking trail is on a steep slope which descends 800 feet to the bottom of the gorge where Pine Creek flows and bikers, walkers, ...

PGC approves use of night vision for furbearers

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved the use of night vision and infrared (thermal) optics in the hunting of furbearers, animals traditionally trapped or hunted for their pelts. Commissioners gave final approval during a brief online meeting Saturday to the change, ...

Area man leads fly fishing program at Penn State

STATE COLLEGE — George Daniel is truly living the dream. The Beech Creek resident is the lead instructor and director of Penn State University’s fly fishing program. Daniel took over that role toward the end of 2019. Penn State’s fly fishing program is a part of its Department of ...

The fox is a cunning animal

Lately, we have been hearing and reading a lot of news about college students returning to classes and the increase in cases of the COVID-19 virus. It has been reported large parties and other gatherings attended by the students are responsible for this increase in COVID cases. At the same ...

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association receives grant to recruit anglers

The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association was chosen as one of 14 programs within 10 Pennsylvania counties to receive a combined $160,000 in grant money from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s R3 Grant Program, designed to recruit, retain or reactivate anglers. The association ...

Cabbage butterflies becoming common

Lately, I’ve been noticing the cabbage butterfly, which is the small white butterfly, with black markings. Since many insects are named after the plants they feed on, I always assumed these butterflies fed heavily on cabbage plants. A female cabbage butterfly has two black dots on its ...

Philadelphia pair adjusts plans for 14-state trek along Appalachian Trail

PHILADELPHIA — Kera Passante and Bill Welch were just 19 days into the journey of their lifetimes — hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine — when the pandemic’s shadow fell across their path. The Chester County couple, both of whom are experienced hikers, prepared for ...

2020 turkey survey reports due to PGC

HARRISBURG — September’s arrival will end the Pennsylvania Game Commission public survey on wild turkey sightings, but participants can report their July and August sightings through Friday. Reports must be filed online at www.pgc.pa.gov and clicking on “August Turkey Sighting Survey” ...

BIRD LORE: Planting natives can help birds feed

Special to the Sun-Gazette It’s no big secret that many of us really enjoy the sight and sounds of our birds. The fact that you’re reading this article may indicate that you are part of that group. Per the 2011 Census, 47 million people in the United State consider themselves to be ...

It’s that time of year to pick berries

The month of August is a delight for berry-pickers, with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries ripe and ready for picking. During August, one can easily spot an avid berry-picker by looking at their berry juice stained hands. Blackberries and raspberries, which are also known as ...

Florida Keys to release modified mosquitoes to fight illness like Zika

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Sometime next year, genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys in an effort to combat persistent insect-borne diseases such as Dengue fever and the Zika virus. The plan approved this week by the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District calls ...

Backyard range fuels ambition

ALVON, W.Va. — As much as she loved shotgun sports, 17-year-old Makayla Scott grew weary of traveling four hours just to practice with a team. So, she took matters into her own hands. She and her father built a skeet range in their backyard and gathered a team of middle- and ...

August is the month of wild flowers appearing along road sides

Almost every day a different wild flower appears along the road sides. August is the month when yarrow, tansy, goldenrod, monarda, evening primrose, mullein, Joe-Pye weed, Queen Ann’s lace, touch-me nots, etc. make up the “Master’s Garden”. Many women and men, including Mary Alice, ...