[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes Andy Boyar, one of the most passionate fishers we know, as our new fishing columnist. His column will run during the fourth week of every month in the winter months and twice a month—the second and fourth weeks—once the fishing season starts. Welcome aboard, Andy!] Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — Over 20 Boy Scouts from Shohola Troop 76 participated in Hudson Valley Council’s annual Klondike Derby. This year, the derby was held at Mahogany Ridge Hunting Club in Monticello. A total of 16 area Boy Scout troops and three Webelos (Cub Scout) packs entered the derby. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — From March 1 through 8, the week of the 2014 Iditarod, visit Livingston Manor for a week-long celebration of Alaska’s 1,100-mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome. On March 1, 70 teams will cross the starting line of the 2014 Iditarod. Read more
REGION — The Lackawaxen River Conservancy will offer two scholarships this year to area students interested in pursuing a career in a field related to environmental conservation. Continuing a program it inaugurated in 2012, the Conservancy is offering a $500 scholarship to a senior graduating from one of the four high schools in the Lackawaxen River watershed, namely, Honesdale, Western Wayne, Wallenpaupack and Canaan Christian Academy. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on Sunday, February 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg for live Americana music and a live birds of prey presentation from Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with local band Little Sparrow taking the stage at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., enjoy “Close Encounters with Eagles and Winter Raptors,” and experience the majesty of hawks, falcons, owls and eagles up close. Read more
GREENTOWN, PA — The third annual Paupack Plunge, where plungers will be “freezin’ for a reason,” will be held at the Lighthouse Harbor Marina on Route 507 on Saturday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event benefits the Tafton Water Rescue Team and the Ledgedale Dive Team.
The idea is to bring many brave people to the lake’s frigid waters to “plunge” for a good cause. This unique charity event will raise money and awareness for two local dive and rescue teams. Last year, about 152 people participated, raising $6,000. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fly tyers from all over Northeastern USA will gather at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum for the ninth annual Flyfest on Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flyfest is sponsored by local Roscoe Fly Shop, Catskill Flies. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Students from Delaware Valley and East Stroudsburg North High School visited the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to help build and install a SunSaluter solar panel as part of a sustainability event on Sunday, January 12. Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors and the Livingston Manor library will host the Outdoor Enthusiasts’ Film Series with monthly screenings February through April, followed by discussion and refreshments. Viewers will travel to Mt. Everest; from Anchorage to Nome, AK; and to Florida in three seasonally-selected outdoor films. The free screenings, open to the public, will be held at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. Reservations are strongly suggested, as seating is limited. Call 845/439 5507. First come, first served. Read more
REGION — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The proposed regulatory changes require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch and waterway access. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — Wintering eagles have begun arriving in the Upper Delaware River region, and the Delaware Highlands Conservancy has numerous opportunities for you to view and learn about our magnificent national bird. Visit the Conservancy’s Winter Field Office at 176 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen on Fridays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view new interpretative exhibits, watch a short documentary, and speak with knowledgeable staff and volunteers to plan a driving tour to the eagle-viewing blinds throughout the region. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will present several eagle watches during January and February. Each of the eagle watches will be led by Jan Lokuta and will include visits to the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River and the Eagle Institute. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — Learn how to identify the most common birds and what their favorite treats are at a program on winter birds offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Information on how to sign up for the Cornell University Feeder Watch Program will be distributed. Each participant will make a simple bird feeder to take home. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — Citizens of Sullivan County are encouraged to contribute towards the National Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count for 2013-2014 this January 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County and Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s (DHC) Eagle Watch volunteer program are teaming up to offer education and an opportunity for families to monitor several spots along the Delaware River for bald eagle activity. Trained volunteers will be in place at each location to offer some facts about local and wintering eagles and to answer questions. Read more
GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will host a First Day Hike on Tuesday, January 1, 2014 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This is the third year for this program, which promotes a healthy beginning for the New Year. The hike will be easy to moderate and is appropriate for all ages. Hikers are advised to dress in layers, bring water and wear sturdy footwear. If there is enough snow (six inches or more), it will be a snowshoe hike. A limited amount of snowshoes are available for loan. The program will be cancelled if weather is inclement. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Tyler O’Sullivan, a student at Sullivan West Elementary School in Jeffersonville, grew this giant cabbage this past summer, and for his effort he received a $1,000 savings bond after he was chosen the New York State winner of a nationwide contest, the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. The company is the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America.
In 2013, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states, including 18.782 in New York State, took part in the program, gaining hands-on gardening experience. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — Beginning Thursday, December 26 New York State’s (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will temporarily suspend sales of sporting licenses for a period anticipated to last approximately one to two weeks. This blackout period, during which the public will not be able to purchase hunting, fishing, or trapping licenses, or secure a recreational marine fishing registration or report harvested game, will last while DEC transitions to a new sporting license system as part of a larger multi-agency effort in NYS to consolidate licensing systems. Read more