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April 18, 2014
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After a few milder than normal winters, this winter has been an eye opener for many people; it has been cold with very few breaks and the wood pile that was slightly more than half used through last winter is now down to the last few logs of the last row. Spring officially arrived on March 20 this year, but as I write this column, it is 24 degrees and the wind is gusting up to 40 mph.

Outdoor enthusiasts’ film series

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

DEC proposes regulatory changes to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species at boat launches

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

Winter eagle watching season begins in the Upper Delaware River Region

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

January and February eagle watches at PEEC

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

Winter bird watch class

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

Somerset Fly Fishing Show starts season

SOMERSET, NJ — Turn off the TV and pull on some wading boots, the annual Somerset Fly Fishing Show opens the 2014 angling season at the Garden State Exhibit Center, January 24 to 26.  Read more

Citizen science opportunity: national bald eagle count for families

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

State park to host ‘First Day Hike’

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 West third grader grows giant cabbage

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

DEC: temporary closure for sporting license sales

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

Christmas Bird Count rescheduled

WHITE MILLS, PA — This year’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in Wayne County, PA, which was scheduled to take place on December 15, had to be postponed due to last weekend’s snowstorm. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 4. The survey will be conducted within a radius of 7.5 miles of White Mills.

This is part of the Audubon Society’s 114th CBC, making it the longest running citizen science survey in the world, providing critical data to scientists who study long-term trends in bird populations.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces winter eagle bus tours

LACKAWAXEN, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on a guided eagle-viewing bus trip, scheduled on multiple weekends throughout January and February. Learn from an expert guide and take a scenic drive on a heated bus throughout the Upper Delaware River region to look for and learn about magnificent bald eagles and their habitat.  Read more

Lenape Program & Winter Survival Hike at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills will present two programs at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in December. “Lenape of the Eastern Woodlands” will be held Saturday, December 7 and a “Winter Survival Hike” will be held Saturday, December 14. Both will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and cost $20.  Read more

Our otters of Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — This fall we at The River Reporter have enjoyed the playful antics of a group of otters that frequent Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg adjacent to our office. We’re not sure where they’ve gone now that there’s a skin of ice on the pond’s surface, but we did get some very good photos and a video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNuJtwYwr7s) of them just a few weeks ago.  Read more

Why we fish

The most captivating way I know to embrace nature and immerse yourself in another reality is to slip into a river or to jump in a boat and go fishin’. Just going fishing is its own reward.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces eagle watch volunteer training day

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has announced an Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Day on December 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lackawaxen Inn in Lackawaxen.

Volunteers will learn about the volunteer eagle monitoring program, how to interact with the eagle-watching public, view new exhibits at the Eagle Watch Winter Field Office, and join field visits to actual monitoring sites.  Read more

DRBC publishes new online interactive maps

WEST TRENTON, NJ — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) recently announced the release of two new interactive maps on its website that allow the public to access select commission-docket and permit-holder information, as well as certain data from non-tidal Delaware River Basin water quality monitoring locations.  Read more

Foraging and feasting in Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Meet herbalist author Dina Falconi and botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender for a behind-the-scenes slide presentation on the making of “Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook” at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., on Saturday, November 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event also includes a book signing, botanical print exhibition by Hollender, and wild and edible hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Slow Food UpDeRiVa.  Read more

Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum ‘Art of the Angler’ show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, hundreds of fly tyers will visit the Arts of the Angler Show at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury, CT to attend seminars, discussions, clinics and programs on fly fishing and fly tying. Visitors will experience one of the most complete and diverse fly shows.

Over 35 fly tyers, a dozen of the top American bamboo rod makers, vendors with more than 40 tables of collectible books, tackle, ephemera and materials will be there.  Read more

PEEC announces 4th annual Game Dinner

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — The growing season has come to an end in the Poconos. Colorful leaves are drifting to the ground and temperatures are cooling. Celebrate the fall season with friends and family at the fourth annual Community Game Dinner held at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Saturday, November 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Read more