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Outdoors

Avalanche courses for women seek to bridge the gender gap

KALISPELL, Mont. — As Sarah Schmidt skinned beyond the boundary line of White Pass Ski Area in Washington with her two friends, they stopped at the peak that overlooked Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier on an unusually clear January day. There was about 10 inches of fresh ...

Trout stocking schedules now available online

HARRISBURG – Excitement for the spring trout fishing season began recently as the state Fish and Boat Commission made its 2020 adult trout stocking schedules available online and on the commission’s “FishBoatPA” mobile app. “Winter may be with us for a little while longer, but this ...

Purple paint now officially means no trespassing

HARRISBURG – Landowners who post their properties now have the option of using purple paint rather than signs to alert others that lands are private and trespassing isn’t permitted. House Bill 1772, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf in November, and took effect this week. The ...

Common loons are elegant and a birder’s delight

In their breeding plumage, Common Loons are the elegant black and white tuxedo-clad birds of the northern lakes and the oceans. They sport a dagger-like bill and a red eye, white stripes on the neck and spots on the back, making for a handsome sight. Their tremolo calls and yodels have ...

Trees are an inspiration – and a call to action

I've been thinking about trees lately. Big, glorious, canopied, forests of trees. My interest was piqued last year when I read one of my favorite novels, “The Overstory” by Richard Powers The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist fancies that trees have magical mystical qualities that reach ...

Enjoying birdwatching from the comfort of your own backyard

The Susquehanna Greenway is full of opportunities to get outside and view wildlife right in your backyard. From wily squirrels and rabbits to our many feathered friends, there is plenty to see without venturing too far from home, and this February what you see in your backyard could help ...

Resolutions to take to the outdoors for the rest of the year

The dawn of a new year is a time of excitement: an opportunity to put behind the past and to look forward to what the new year will bring. It’s a time of hope and a moment for boldly striding forward with new resolve and inspiration as January arrives each year. Did you make any New Years ...

Lycoming County leads record-setting bear season

HARRISBURG (AP) — Wildlife authorities say Pennsylvania hunters killed 4,653 black bears last year, setting a new record. The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Monday the total is far above last year’s total of 3,153, which was the 11th highest total recorded but was also the lowest in ...

With new rule, anglers won’t show licenses

HARRISBURG (AP) — Outdoorsy Pennsylvanians can soon keep their fishing license in a pocket rather than having to attach it to an outer garment. The regulation amendment approved this week by the board of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission adjusts a long-standing rule on license ...

Pa. has a variety of hawk species gliding the skies

Recently, Vaughn Ulrich, a former state Game Commission Deputy, sent me a picture of a bird to identify. Vaughn thought the bird could be an immature eagle due to its large size; however, at first glance, I knew the bird in the photograph was a rough-legged hawk. A week earlier I noticed a ...

Sprouting success: Aquaponics makes mad science real

DOVER, Del. — It looks like some kind of a crazy laboratory straight out of the future. It turns out that Dover’s Doug Wood is the mad scientist behind all those large blue barrels bubbling with water and fish that are the key ingredients to growing four types of organic ...

The winter lives of the woodland Pennsylvania hibernators

Since this column is being sent in before Groundhog Day, I have no idea whether the groundhog will see his shadow or not. Therefore, I’m going out on a limb to predict that we are going to have either six more weeks of winter or 42 more days of winter. An early verse for February second, ...

Game Commission board keeps Saturday opening day

HARRISBURG (AP) — The state Game Commission board of game commissioners took another step Saturday toward expanding hunting opportunities — and not just for the big-ticket species of deer and bear. At its quarterly meeting to propose 2020-21 seasons and bag limits, the board outlined ...

Wolves’ return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the ...

Charges filed in case of abused deer in Pa.

The state Game Commission filed charges last week against two Brookville teenagers who recorded videos of themselves holding down and repeatedly kicking an immobile white-tailed deer. Alexander Brock Smith, 18, and a 17-year-old male who was not identified both were charged. Each faces two ...

What is life like for an insect on these dry winter days?

Although our winter has been mild here, in Northern Pennsylvania, we had what is referred to as a January thaw on the 10th thru the 13th. During this January thaw, we had a wasp flying inside our home on the first day of the thaw; on the 13th, a fly was buzzing around the parishioners in ...

Fly tying course offered by local Trout Unlimited

Susquehanna TU will be offering its annual fly tying course on Tuesday evenings starting February 4 and running through March 31. The classes are free and open to the public and will be held weekly from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Covenant Central Presbyterian Church, 807 W. 4th Street, ...

Come to Benezette in the winter and experience serenity

Life is good in Benezette all year long. But in the winter, life is serene. And if you are a fan of Pennsylvania’s wild elk herd, now may be the time to plan a visit. Elk County, Pennsylvania is known as the home of a vast majority of Pennsylvania’s 1000-head wild elk herd. And ...

Photography tips for the outdoors in winter

The weather outside on the Susquehanna may be frightful, but the photos it produces are definitely delightful. The softness of falling flurries, a crystalline lattice of icicles in the sun, even the tree limbs draped in fresh white snow are scenes that capture our senses. Despite the ...