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May 2013

Welcome aboard

“Go West, Young Man!” Well, that is exactly the advice this Brooklyn boy took 12 years ago when I moved west to Glen Spey in Sullivan County to make it my year-round home.

However, there’s another saying with a promise of its own—“There are great riches in the East!” and for the readers of this column, the East is New York City—the Big Apple. Five days a week I arise at the crack of dawn and head east, commuting to my desk in a midtown Manhattan office, across the street from New York’s Penn Station (aka NYPenn).

It’s a full life.  Read more

Vacation

I just spent the last week away at the Villa Roma. With everything that was going on with my mother, I totally forgot about my timeshare, so we had to use it or lose it. I stayed up till 2 a.m. reading and slept till 11 a.m. It was very relaxing.  Read more

Wetland wildlife watching

If you have visited a lake, swamp or other wetland lately, you have probably heard the arrival of spring in the form of spring peepers, pickerel frogs, or maybe the honking of Canada geese. If you look closer, you might see some painted turtles basking on a log or some red-spotted newts swimming by the shore. Soon, other amphibians such as green frogs and American toads will add to the chorus of wetland habitats.  Read more

Youth participate in Long Beards turkey hunt

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sixteen Xtreme JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship) between the ages of 12 and 15 participated in a weekend turkey hunt contest sponsored by the Sullivan County Long Beards (SCLB), on April 20 and 21.  Read more

Boating safety course offered

HAWLEY, PA — A free basic boating safety course will be offered on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

The presenter is Waterways Conservation Officer Bob Plumb, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Event is open to all ages. Registration is required; call 570/253-7001 or email pplpreserves@pplweb.com.

2013 Delaware River Sojourn announced

DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Registration is open for the 19th annual Delaware River Sojourn, a guided paddling excursion with interpretive programs and camping, taking place June 22 through 29. This year’s theme is “Our Remarkable River.”

Participants can sign up for the entire eight-day trip or for the day(s) of their choice. Daily trips range from six to 10 miles.  Read more

Discover migrating spring birds in Shelly Nature Preserve

THOMPSON, PA — Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve will host its two annual bird walks on May 11 and May 18. Dedicated birders and curious amateurs alike will explore the woods, fields and wetlands of the 400-acre preserve as they identify birds by sight and song.

On Saturday, May 11 at 6 a.m., Ron Milliken will present his 26th annual walk in the preserve. Especially popular among birders, this walk focuses on migratory birds. The excursion often lasts the entire morning and covers a wide area of the preserve.  Read more

Annual river rescue training planned

BARRYVILLE, NY — The National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP) will conduct its annual Swiftwater Rescue Training on the Upper Delaware River at Luke’s Landing, the Kittitinny/Barryville, NY base on Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.

“This is a great opportunity for high school and college students to gain experience working with a federal agency (the National Park Service) and a volunteer organization (NCSP) to provide a public service” stated the Upper Delaware’s National Park Service Superintendent Sean McGuiness.  Read more

Bass and minnow stocking program

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual Bass and Minnow Fish Stocking Program in June. If your pond has excessive vegetation, you may want to consider grass carp. To stock your pond with largemouth bass, fathead minnows, or grass carp, call 845/292-6552 to request an order form and price list. Orders will be accepted until Thursday, June 20. Pick-up is on Saturday, June 29 between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building, 64 Ferndale–Loomis Rd. Email lisaschick@liberty.twcbc.com.

Deer harvest reported

NEW YORK STATE — Hunters took approximately 243,000 deer (124,000 antlerless deer and 119,000 adult bucks) during the 2012-13 hunting seasons, about 6% more than were taken the previous year. Increases were most pronounced in the northern zone where total take (30,840) increased 15 percent from 2011. In the southern zone, the adult buck take (about 98,570) increased 6% and the antlerless take (110,900) increased 5% from 2011. The 2012 harvest reflects deer populations that are greater than desired levels in many parts of New York. Increased take of antlerless deer will be necessary in 2013.  Read more