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October 28, 2016
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LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Catskill Fly Tying, the Art of Artifice,” an exhibit of the work of photographer Mark Loete, will be shown in the Wulff Gallery of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) from October 17 to November 30. There will be a reception on Saturday, October 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The exhibition features over 40 photographs of exquisitely crafted trout fishing flies, celebrating the centuries-old fly-tying tradition and the master artisans who fabricate these jewel-like imitation insects.

Hub Explorers at the Basha Kill

WURTSBORO, NY — The Hub Explorers at the Port Jervis Free Library plan a trip to the Basha Kill on Saturday, June 11. They will gather at the Basha Kill Boat Launch on South Road between Westbrookville and Wurtsboro. South Road runs parallel to Route 209, only on the East side of the Basha Kill. Guide Mike Medley, outdoor educator for the Basha Kill Area Association, will meet participants at the boat launch.  Read more

Barred owls in Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — Joanne Letendre sent us these photos and gave us the story of how she captured them: “Sitting in our living room one day, we saw these big birds fly by, followed by the sound of hooting back and forth. Knowing that there was a tree near our house with a hole in it, I decided to go and check it out. Well, there, perched on the edge of the hole, was the owl. A few weeks later I checked the hole again and there was a young one sitting there watching me. What a beautiful sight!”

Conservancy nature walks

BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold a series of nature walks this summer at its Bethel office. Led by its knowledgeable volunteers, the public is invited to join the walks on Sunday, June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7, or August 21 for a free guided hike on our woodland trail. Learn about what you see and hear as you spend time enjoying the outdoors—and help find and identify the plants and wildlife on the property.  Read more

Adventures at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold an event for bird fanciers Saturday, May 14 from 9 to 11 a.m., titled “Tweets and Treats.” Join PEEC on a hike that focuses on bird identification and studies their unique natural history. There will be breakfast snacks and beverages before participants head out. PEEC will provide binoculars and field guides. For ages 10 and up. The cost is $5.  Read more

Butterfly and bee-friendly gardening

LIBERTY, NY — New and seasoned gardeners alike can take advantage of a spring horticulture class series that continues with a hands-on Pollinator Friendly Gardening workshop on Wednesday, May 25. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s (CCESC) Master Gardener Volunteer program will host this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Slimy and scaly search at Lacawac Sanctuary

LAKE ARIEL, PA — As spring’s rain falls, the season’s vernal pools and other wetlands are the perfect place to find amphibians and reptiles. On Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lacawac Sanctuary, the public is invited to catch, photo document and release these species as part of the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). Led by the PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Larry Laubach, its Northeast Regional PARS Coordinator, citizen scientists get to participate in real-time scientific research.  Read more

Earth Day at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be hands-on learning stations, conservation exhibits, crafts, food, music, and much more. Staff and volunteers will lead interpretive hikes on PEEC’s trails, part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. You can meet rescue dogs, there will be stained-glass demonstrations, face painting and a tie-dye station. Pre-registration is not required. The cost is $5 per car.

‘Veggie Garden Design’ kicks off horticulture series

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s (CCESC) Master Gardener Volunteer program will offer a spring horticulture class series this spring. It will begin with a hands-on workshop titled “Planning Your Vegetable Garden” on Wednesday, April 20. CCESC will host the class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. The cost is $20 person; $15 per CCESC enrollee.  Read more

SUNY celebrates Earth Day

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On Thursday, April 21, SUNY Sullivan will host an Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in the DeHoyos Gallery (E-Lobby) and the Seelig Theatre (E-Building) and will feature vendors, exhibitors, campus sustainability tours and a live animal show presented by Simmons Wildlife Programs. The community is invited to join students, faculty and staff for the festivities.  Read more

SEEDS offers a $1,000 scholarship for best sustainability essay

REGION — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) of Northeastern PA will issue a $1,000 scholarship to a college-bound high school senior for the best essay addressing the following questions:

If you were an environmental adviser to the President, what would you recommend to promote sustainable energy in rural communities in the U.S.? What can northeastern PA residents do now to live more sustainably?

This scholarship will be in memory of Michael “Jake” Burkhardt, Western Wayne Class of 2015.  Read more

Foods of the Delaware Highlands Dinner

HAWLEY, PA — Celebrate our unique Upper Delaware River region with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at the ninth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. The theme of the gala dinner, “Love where you live!” highlights our working farms and forests and the exceptional quality of life we enjoy in the Upper Delaware River region. The event, held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, features a four-course farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction.  Read more

Two Headed Trout Dinner and First Cast

Two Headed Trout Dinner

ROSCOE, NY — The annual Two Headed Trout Town Dinner will be held at the Rockland House on Saturday, April 2 starting at 6 p.m. A six-course meal will be served, from appetizers to dessert. Tickets cost $45 and include a breakfast the next morning at the Community Center, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. There will be door prizes, a cash bar, silent auctions, raffles, etc. A special presentation will be made by Tracey Brown, the Northeastern Restoration Coordinator of Trout Unlimited. For information and tickets, call Marge Zanger at 607/498-5464.  Read more

Join Lacawac’s Commemorative Brick Campaign

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and friends and supporters are invited to leave their personal imprint on its history and future through participation in its Commemorative Brick Campaign. You can help celebrate the sanctuary’s anniversary through the purchase of an engraved brick that will be placed at the entrance of the Coulter Visitor Center and Dr. Susan S. Kilham Environmental Laboratory.  Read more

Designing gardens with native flora

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, a talk by author Carolyn Summers, will be held on Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at the Time and the Valleys Museum.

Summers will talk about her book, which takes an in-depth look at the natural history of Eastern native plants and their use in gardens. Attendees will learn about the many reasons why using indigenous plants is important, including helping prevent infestations of invasive plants and preserving our regional identity.  Read more

Get ready for trout season

Anglers Reunion Dinner

ROSCOE, NY — The 20th Anglers Reunion Dinner will be held on March 31 at the Rockland House on Route 406. A social hour will start at 6 p.m., and dinner will be at 7 p.m. Leslie Eggleton will present a program on brook trout. Eggleton, a Roscoe native, learned to fish and fly fish on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc Rivers. He’s a licensed guide and works for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Tickets cost $25 per person. The dinner is sponsored by the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild. Call 607/498-4240 for reservations.
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Delaware Highlands dinner open for sponsorship

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold the ninth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. The event is held at Hawley’s Settlers Inn, and features a four-course, farm-to-table dinner and wine tasting followed by a live auction.  Read more

Early April events at PEEC

DINGMANS FERY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area at 538 Emery Rd., will host a variety of events in early April.

There will be a Boy Scout Badge Fest on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bears will work on “Fun, Feathers, and Ferns.” Webelos will work toward the Castaway badge (pre-requisite 2b). Boy Scouts will work toward the Nature merit badge (pre-requisite 4a). Scouts must be supervised at all times by a parent or troop leader. The cost is $25 for a full day; payment is required at registration.  Read more

Take a hike

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join Lacawac Sanctuary’s naturalist for a guided three-mile journey to the Lake Wallenpaupack shoreline on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will pass two ponds to check for signs of spring before reaching its destination. Bring along a snack and water. Dress for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes. Registration is appreciated at 570/689-9494 or info@lacawac.org.

Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station is a nature preserve, biological research station and environmental education center. For more information visit www.lacawac.org.

Museum celebrates Catskill Fly-fishing Legends

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will celebrate the opening the trout fishing season on Saturday, April 2. The weekend will start on April 1 with a dinner at the center at 5:30 p.m., at which it will recognize three fly-fishing legends: Tom Satterthwaite, Roy Smith and Cooper Jr.  Read more

Free pheasant-raising opportunity

LIBERTY, NY — Youth interested in participating in the annual Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Day-Old Pheasant Raise & Release program have the unique opportunity to experience rearing pheasants and releasing them into the wild. Orders can be placed until Friday, March 18 through Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) 4-H Youth Development program, located at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more