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Outdoors

Sand dollars were masters of environment when alive

SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. — The bright white sand dollars prized by Outer Banks beachcombers and coveted by craft makers were once masters of their sea-bottom habitat. The elements that make a sand dollar so attractive served vital functions for the living creature: the five-pointed star in ...

Local counties join forces to seek grant

LOCK HAVEN — It is said that joining forces brings success. And Clinton County officials are hoping that comes true as they eagerly await word on a $23.3 million federal grant they’ve applied for with neighboring counties. Commissioners and planners said the BUILD (Better Utilizing ...

Outdoor activities boom during pandemic

LOCK HAVEN — “The impact of COVID could be a silver lining for our area. There’s nothing to do but be outside,” Clinton County Director of Planning Katie deSilva said. deSilva was talking about the huge increase in outdoor activities during the pandemic and what the $23.3 million BUILD ...

PFBC Board of Commissioners adopts new strategic plan

​HARRISBURG — During its formal quarterly business meeting held virtually on July 20, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a new Strategic Plan to guide the agency over the next three years. Since the spring of 2019, PFBC executive staff, ...

Chipmunks, fattened up on acorns, are driving people nuts

There were plenty of acorns this spring, and now the chipmunks are driving people nuts. Their frenetic activities can be entertaining. But this summer in New England the varmints are making a nuisance of themselves, darting to and fro, digging holes in gardens, and tunneling under ...

Aggressive seaweed smothers remote reef

HONOLULU — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the ...

Protection from ticks, mosquitoes important when outdoors

HARRISBURG — The Department of Health reminded Pennsylvanians that as they continue to spend more time outdoors this summer, it is important to take proper steps to protect against tick and mosquito bites. “Ticks and mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases that can severely impact an ...

Heavy rains should caution boaters

​HARRISBURG — With heavy rain and winds affecting eastern portions of Pennsylvania due to Tropical Storm Fay, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) encourages boaters to use added caution on and around the water this weekend and throughout the Atlantic hurricane season. “The ...

NPC purchases land as addition to Loyalsock State Forest

Reneé Carey is pretty sure she wasn’t breathing during the auction to purchase a 112-acre piece of land. As soon as the auctioneer shouted sold, the Executive Director of the Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy took a deep breath. Then the real work began. Like, first and ...

Study shows microplastic increase in river’s bass

Tiny plastic particles, also called microplastics, were found in 100% of smallmouth bass digestive systems studied in 2019 via the Susquehanna University’s Freshwater Institute — capping an annual increase in the three-year study. A total of 206 smallmouth bass were collected from ...

Birds fill the air with songs of all sorts

All year round, even in the relatively quiet months of winter, birds are singing in the Northeast. The cries of crows and ravens, the burbling calls of chickadees and tufted titmice, house finches and goldfinches, enrich the cold months. But then comes Spring — and the world fills with ...

Game Commission expands CWD areas

The battle to control chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania is expanding into new areas. The Pennsylvania Game Commission maintains three Disease Management Areas across the state to control CWD. They are geographic regions featuring special rules for hunters and the general public ...

Bear rescued as cub returned to wild

JACKSON, Wyo. — When Taz McBride first laid eyes on “Hissy” he was up close with the tiny black bear in his grandmother’s Melody Ranch backyard. Hissy wasn’t exactly menacing, as far as black bears go. The gaunt, housecat-size animal appeared to be out on its own when it circled ...

Celebrate fireflies this summer

Many of us have first memories of fireflies as a child, chasing them through woods, fields, or our backyards; and trying to catch them in a jar so we could more closely examine these amazing insects. Others may think of a popular bedtime story Sam and the Firefly, a tale of a trouble-making ...

Licenses now on sale for expanded deer hunting seasons

HARRISBURG — With expanded Sunday hunting for big game and an archery deer season that reaches deeper than ever into the whitetail rut, 2020 is sure to be a historic year for hunting in Pennsylvania. And seizing those opportunities is only a license purchase away. Licenses for the ...

PGC extends Wildlife on WiFi campaign

HARRISBURG — The Game Commission is extending its Wildlife on WiFi virtual learning campaign. The campaign was originally launched to provide parents, youth, and educators with at-home wildlife-education resources during the academic year school closures. While schools are out for the summer, ...

Organic farm, market and cafe opens in Poconos

Sprawling across more than 380 acres, Pocono Organics across from Pocono Raceway in Long Pond in Monroe County officially opened its farm, market and cafe to the public on Thursday. The massive farm is poised to become one of the largest regenerative organic fruit and vegetable operations in ...

Silent spring poses challenge

From the field above me came the “bang” of a 12-gauge shotgun that was immediately followed by a second “bang.” One of the things spring gobbler hunters quickly learn is that one “bang” or an almost instant second “bang” usually means “floppage” with a gobbler down. ...

Little Pine to host program on atlatls

WATERVILLE — Little Pine State Park will have programs on “Atlatls” on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Join the park staff as they educate you on a weapon which pre-dates the bow and arrow. The Atlatl was once one of the most widely distributed tools during ancient times and is ...