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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!”

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

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

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

CCE Sullivan hosts farming classes for beginners

LIBERTY, NY— A four-part, educational series of beginning farmer classes will kick off with a general “Introduction to Farming” class on Thursday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer the program series at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., unless otherwise noted.  Read more

Watershed internships available

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is inviting college students to apply for one of 21 summer internships at offices throughout the watershed. The vast majority of these opportunities are paid internships in the fields related to science and engineering. Those accepted into the summer internship program will have the chance to work alongside scientists, engineers, planners and other professionals who help run the water supply for the largest city in the United States.  Read more

Farm Safety Day

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau will host a farm safety day at the Park Street Complex on Saturday, March 19. Farmers, firefighters, rescue personnel and machinery dealers are all invited to attend.  Read more

Federal funds to protect Pike County lands

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has announced that $3 million of federal Forest Legacy Program funding will be directed to “The Northeast Connection” for the permanent protection of thousands of contiguous, unfragmented acres of forests, lakes, and wetlands along the Little Bushkill Creek in Pike County.  Read more

Tree & Shrub Program

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District has announced its annual spring Tree & Shrub Program. Landowners can choose from a wide variety of deciduous and conifer trees and shrubs and specialized packets such as nut tree, flowering tree and shrub, wildflower, butterfly and perennials. Tree size and age allows for you, the purchaser, to select what’s right for your needs. It offers a range of quantities at reduced costs to promote conservation plantings.

Other items available through the program are fruit trees and wildlife habitat housing.  Read more

Grants available for organic dairy farmers

NEW YORK STATE — Consultation grant funding is now made available for organic dairy producers in New York State through the partnership of the New York Organic Dairy Program (NYODP) and the New York Farm Viability Institute. According to an announcement by Cornell University, producers who participate in the Cornell Organic Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS) program can select a project for immediate attention through a modified Dairy Profit Team approach.  Read more

Pruss honored by maple producers

BETHANY, PA — Sugarmaker David Hauenstein III poses with Ed Pruss at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association, held Saturday, January 30, at the Bethany United Methodist Church. Pruss, retiring from 37 years as a Penn State Extension agent, was recognized for his years of service to the local maple industry. The artwork on the bucket is the creation of Aldenville artist Larry Wildenstein.

Fruit and vegetable farmers can get insurance

SYRACUSE, NY — Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is a risk-management tool offered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. “The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the NAP program and made it a great tool for New York producers to manage their risk,” said James Barber, the New York State Executive Director of FSA.  Read more

Be a weatherperson at Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Would you like to know about measuring weather? Wind and temperature are two parameters recorded by scientists called meteorologists. Lacawac Sanctuary will offer a workshop exploring some key components to measuring weather on Saturday, February 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Pre-register to receive a supply list of recycled materials for creating your own measuring tools to take home and record the weather in your backyard. The workshop is open to families with children eight and up, and Scouts looking to earn the merit badge. The registration deadline is Thursday, February 18.  Read more

USDA expands microloans

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.  Read more

Backyard bird-watching workshop

LAKE ARIEL, PA — What birds are chirping in your backyard? Using a bird feeder is an aid to our feathery friends and can be more entertaining than watching television! Join the Northeast PA Audubon Society at Lacawac Sanctuary on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for this free workshop.  Read more

Ice fishing contest in Hurleyville

HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Hurleyville Fire Department, in cooperation with the Town of Fallsburg Youth Commission, will hold its 28th annual ice fishing contest on Saturday, February 13, on Morningside Lake off of Brickman Road from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place the day of the contest at the lake, and costs $5 for adults and is free for those 15 years old and under.

The annual Super Raffle will be held the same day. You can win one of two 32-inch flat-screen TVs, a woven cloth hammock and other prizes.  Read more

Seed-starting class

LIBERTY, NY — New and seasoned gardeners alike can take advantage of a winter series of horticulture classes offered in the new year that begins with a seed-saving workshop on Thursday, January 21. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteer program will host this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

NYCDEP announces art contest

REGION — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd has announced the 30th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest.

Second through 12-grade students attending public, independent, charter, or parochial schools and/or home-schooled in New York City and in the East and West of Hudson watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources.  Read more

Lunch & Learn: Cattle breeding and synchronization workshop

LIBERTY, NY — The latest developments in cattle breeding and synchronization will be highlighted at the cattle breeding and synchronization workshop set for Monday, January 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this class at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Lunch will be provided, sponsored by Catskill Veterinary Services.  Read more