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REGION — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on December 20th. All are invited to join.

DEC announces that 2014-15 sporting licenses are now available

NEW YORK STATE — Hunting and trapping licenses, and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) for the 2014-15 season are now available for purchase, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced.  Read more

DEC adopts bear hunting changes

NEW YORK STATE — Black bear hunting opportunities have expanded this year as a result of regulation changes adopted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Joe Martens announced.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting initiative, New York is working to increase hunting opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen,” Commissioner Martens said. “With these changes, DEC is implementing strategies of the recently adopted Black Bear Management Plan.”  Read more

New invasive plant: Battling mile-a-minute vine

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — A new non-native plant species has arrived in the Upper Delaware River valley region—mile-a-minute vine (MAM). This plant is listed on the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed List because it can “directly or indirectly injure crops, other useful plants, livestock, poultry or other interests of agriculture, including irrigation, navigation, fish and wildlife resources, or the public health.” Early detection and rapid response is the best defense to the spread of this aggressive invader.  Read more

Thriving diversity revealed in BioBlitz in Sullivan County

TOWN OF TUSTEN, NY — The official results are in. Nine scientific research teams submitted their final tallies, reporting that 807 different species were collected in 24 hours at the second annual Upper Delaware BioBlitz conducted on June 28 and 29 on the Ten Mile River Scout Camp property in the Town of Tusten. The BioBlitz site included the Indian Cliffs, Rock Lake, Maul’s Pond and Grassy Swamp Pond, one of the only quaking bogs to be scientifically authenticated in the Catskills.  Read more

Explore woods and farm

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to join Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, August 9 to explore the diverse landscape of northern Sullivan County. First, there’s a woodland walk through a shady white pine and hemlock grotto, followed by a tour of Snowdance Farm on a nearby beautiful Catskill mountainside in Livingston Manor.

Participants meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Frick Pond trailhead in Mongaup State Park, for a relaxed hike along a naturally cool woodland trail. The fairly level terrain has rocky, wet patches so sturdy waterproof shoes are recommended. Total distance is 1.5 miles.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest: Register now for these events

HAWLEY, PA — The fifth annual Wally Lake Fest will be held August 22 through the 24. With brand new events and returning favorites on the itinerary, this is a summer celebration that brings people of all ages to Lake Wallenpaupack, which is the third largest lake in the state, and the surrounding Lake Region.  Read more

Zane Grey fishing derby results are in

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Fourteen-year-old Jordan Metzger of Milford reeled in three winning smallmouth bass and landed an Old Town canoe package valued at $800 when results of the Zane Grey Catch-and-Release Fishing Derby were announced on July 12.

In the Youth Male Division, Aidan Sensiba, 14, of Long Eddy, NY won for his brook trout, while Hunter Shampine, 13, also of Long Eddy, submitted the winning brown trout entry. The Youth Female Division was dominated by Delaware Valley (PA) School 9th grader Jordan Metzger with the three largest smallmouth bass.  Read more

Upcoming educational retreat for women forest landowners

REGION — Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply to attend the fourth annual Women and Their Woods (WaTW) Educational Retreat from September 25-28 at Camp Susque in Trout Run, PA.  Read more

Park Service hike

DEERPARK, NY — “Get Your Upper Delaware Hikes Patch from the National Park Service” hike three will be on Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mongaup River Trail. This is a moderate two-mile hike with some inclines. Hike four will be guided by a National Park Ranger on Sunday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cobey Pond Trail in Masthope, PA. All ages are welcome; under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present. Refreshments provided. Call 845/482-4350 for more information or to register.

Summerfest for fly fishers

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Summerfest/Angler’s Market will be held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. It will open at 8:30 a.m. on both days. There will be artists, local wares, conservation groups and craft vendors on the field, as well as a kid’s booth and The Great Willowemoc Fish Race and 50/50 at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  Read more

Environmental workshops for teachers at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Two workshops for educators in the tri-state region are being offered free of charge at Grey Towers National Historic Site through the combined efforts of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and the U.S. Forest Service.  Read more

Forest history tour

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to join Dr. Michael Kudish for two programs with a striking contrast on July 25 and 26. Friday, he will introduce the audience to forests least disturbed by people at an indoor program at Morgan Outdoors. Saturday, he will lead a walk in a forest most disturbed by people at Russell Brook, just north of Roscoe. Both programs are free and sponsored by Morgan Outdoors. Register at 845/439 5507 by 5 p.m. Friday, July 25 to reserve a place.  Read more

Kittatinny Canoes hosts river clean-up, needs volunteers

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced that Kittatinny Canoes will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its “On and Under the Delaware River Clean-up” this month. The annual event, sponsored by the Milford-based Kittatinny Canoes, the oldest and largest canoe livery operator in the country, will take place this year from July 21 to 23 on the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and on the Upper Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River.  Read more

The 2014 Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival

HAWLEY, PA — The 29th Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival will be held July 19 and 20 at the Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School and Wallenpaupack North Primary School Complex at 187 Atlantic Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Audubon Society, the festival will have free conservation literature and a wide variety of environmental, conservation and wildlife experts on hand. There will be door prizes, nature center exhibits, activities for kids and homemade food.  Read more

Summer nature series for children

HAWLEY, PA — Join the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center for programs geared toward budding junior naturalists ages five to 10 (also welcoming all ages) for hands-on activities that will spark creativity and appreciation for the natural environment. Bring your children prepared to be outdoors. Email pplpreserves@pplweb.com or call 570/253-7001 to register for these free programs, which will be held on each Wednesday and Saturday, July 23 to August 16. All programs run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Wonderful Wiggly Worms!
Wednesday, July 23  Read more

Farm tours this July

REGION — A few farm tours will occur during July in Wayne and Sullivan counties. They are:
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY
Saturday, July 5
Snowdance Farm
218 Knickerbocker Road
Livingston Manor, NY
845/439-5561
• Chicks, piglets and spring lambs
• Petting zoo
Sunday, July 13
Imagine Alpacas
132 E. Hill Road
Jeffersonville, NY
845/231-3315
www.imaginealpacas.com
• Farm tours and educational talks
• Pet and feed the alpacas
• Felting demos and store
Saturday, July 19
Diehl Farm
93 Diehl Road
Callicoon, NY
845/482-5047
• Honey extracting and maple syrup
• 2:00 pm milking demo  Read more

Summer gardening seminar

FERNDALE, NY — Many new gardens have been created throughout Sullivan County this summer, along with the thousands of annual and perennial flowers, trees and shrubs planted in existing garden beds. Experts know how to present these gardens so that the flowers shine to their best advantage. This is valuable information for all gardeners, but particularly helpful to the 55 communities preparing for August visits from the Sullivan Renaissance judges.  Read more

Waterfall tour

HAWLEY, PA — Pocono Waterfall Tour will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center presented by Sue Thompson, NEPA Audubon Society.  Read more

Orange Regional Medical Center urges caution to help avoid serious head injuries this summer

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Orange Regional Medical Center is asking local residents to exercise caution as they engage in the season’s warm weather activities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than 2.5 million emergency department visits each year due to traumatic brain injury across the U.S. Outdoor sports and activities like skateboarding, bicycling and motorcycle riding can significantly increase the risk of suffering a traumatic head or brain injury. Even seasonal chores, like outdoor cleaning and home repairs, are associated with increased risks.  Read more

Red Cross issues top 10 ways to be safe when swimming

NORTHEAST, PA — It’s almost time for the long Fourth of July weekend and many people will spend part of their holiday at a backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross is issuing 10 steps people should take to be safe while poolside.  Read more