Outdoors Stories

Scholarship to Audubon family camp

NORTHEAST PA — The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society is offering a free scholarship for an adult and child to attend family camp on an island in Maine the week of August 13 to 18. The camp is designed for families with children ages eight to 13 years old (children must be in this age range at the time of camp).

TRR photos by Scott Rando
This pair of hooded mergansers were among the many waterfowl visitors saw last week in the river at Lackawaxen. The more brightly colored male is to the right.

Waterfowl Riverdance

The coming of spring brings to thought a diverse variety of events to different people. For some of us, the first thing to come to mind is the appearance of daffodils popping out of the ground. For others, the song of spring peepers calling in the early evening from wetlands and marshes.

Catskill Legends to be honored

LIVINGSTON MANOR — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will recognize three fly fishing individuals from the area as “Catskill Legends” during a ceremony at the annual Catskill Legends Dinner sponsored by Roscoe Beer on the opening day of trout season, Saturday, April 1.

Fishing season opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Trout fishing season opens in New York State on Saturday, April 1. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will be hosting several openingday activities. This year’s theme is “Fly Fishing is for Everyone,” with an effort to welcome newcomers to the sport.

Contributed photos by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
On March 10, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest rangers received notification of a 31-year-old male with a possible fractured femur near the summit of Whiteface Mountain in Essex County, NY. The subject was packaged into a litter and towed by snowmobile down the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway, then transferred to an ambulance for further treatment.

Rangers rock

I recently signed up to receive email news bulletins from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). One of the bulletins focuses on the important work done by DEC forest rangers, often with little public awareness of those activities. 

TRR photos by Scott Rando
This adult red-spotted newt was seen in a small pond along with at least 50 other individuals during the first week of March. The red spots that give this species its name are plainly visible on this adult.

Early sights of spring

Toward the end of February and the first few days of March, we had some mild weather with the temperature approaching 60° in some areas. Ice was completely gone or well on its way to being gone on most waterways, and I did a little hunting with eyes and ears for early frogs and salamanders.

Photos by Sandy Long

The Delaware and Hudson Canal was built between 1826 and 1828 by immigrant labor to transport anthracite coal, timber, tanners’ bark, animal hides, iron, cement, glass-making materials, finished glassware and bluestone to New York City. Today, while walking the cleared path along the canal, we can imagine the boats pulled by mules as they made their way, loaded with cargo from our region.

Trail time

As we enter the third month of 2017, it’s good to keep in mind how quickly time passes and how soon spring will be here. Connecting with the rising energy of spring is a great way to uphold those New Year’s resolutions for better physical and mental health.

Hiking at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — There will be an opportunity to explore Lacawac Sanctuary’s longest trail on Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a Big Lake Hike. You can learn about the natural and cultural history of Lacawac Sanctuary and Lake Wallenpaupack. Dress warmly and brink a snack and water. All ages are welcome.

TRR photo by Scott Rando
This summer roost of little brown bats was found in an abandoned building in 2014. During daylight hours in spring, summer and fall bats rest in attics, belfries, or even openings in tree trunks. Two years later, this same building was surveyed again during the same timeframe, and there were about one third of the bats that were counted during 2014.

The plight of the bats

During the cold months of winter, the average person doesn’t think about bats; there are none to be seen outdoors or in the attic, where they may roost during the day in the summer. Now is the season when bats in our region are literally fighting for their lives, as they attempt to survive the winter hibernation period.



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