PORT JERVIS, NY — A free two-part backyard bird-watching series begins on Thursday, September 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hub at Port Jervis Library, 138 Pike St. The presentation, “The Six S’s of Bird Watching,” will cover the size, shape, surroundings, song, season, and shade or color of birds to facilitate identification. Read more
ROSCOE, NY — A fly tying contest will be part of this year’s TroutoberFest event in Trout Town USA. Contestants should send their version of the “wooly bugger” fly—one entry per person only—to Beaverkill Angler, P.O. Box 198, Roscoe, NY 12776. Include name and email address. Flies must be received by Thursday, October 10. The competition is open to all ages and tying abilities.
The contest invitation says, “It can be any size, any color, have eyes, cones, beads, or any other material you want to use, as long as it is still an interpretation of a ‘wooly bugger.’ Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will celebrate autumn at its 3third annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring animal presenters, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food and old-timey activities, such as cheese making, corn grinding, homemade applesauce, and more. Pre-registration is not required. Admission is $5 per car. Read more
VARDEN, PA — The Friends of Varden Conservation Area will host the fourth annual Varden Conservation Day on Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine). At 11 a.m. Pocono Wildlife Rehab Center will make a presentation with live animals.
The day’s other events include guided hikes, a children’s fishing tournament, displays by local organizations, food, live music, homemade ice cream and prizes.
Meet at the Tannery Access off Route 296 for access to the conservation area. Visit www.vardenconservationarea.com or call 570/676-3428.
LIBERTY, NY — Volunteers wishing to improve their communities and parks by caring for trees have an opportunity to receive a structured, two-day training and enjoy camaraderie among other like-minded adults. By popular demand, a unique, 10-hour Community Tree Steward course is offered for $25 by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County on Tuesday, September 17, and Wednesday, September 18. Each class will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. in Liberty. Read more
GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will hold a kayak instructional course with Northeast PA Kayak School on Thursday, September 12 at Promised Land Lake. There are two sessions: 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; only register for one session as they are both the same. The course is called “Skill-building on the Water Level II: Kayak Paddling Course.” Read more
REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its county partners in the stream management program recently announced the start of several important stream-restoration projects across the Catskills, focusing specifically on streams that suffered damage two years ago during tropical storms Irene and Lee. The more than $9 million in work will improve water quality and protect communities by stabilizing stream banks, reconnecting streams to their floodplains, and installing other upgrades related to infrastructure protection and drainage. Read more
ANDES, NY — A new hiking trail has opened on New York City (NYC) property near the Pepacton Reservoir, thanks to a partnership between the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and local volunteers of the Catskill Mountain Club.
A sign marks the beginning of the 5.3-mile round-trip hiking trail, which will be known as the Shavertown Trail. The trailhead is located just off Route 30, across from the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the Pepacton Reservoir in the Town of Andes. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — For the third consecutive year since the start of Cabela’s nationwide “Fish for Millions” tagged-fish contest, Pennsylvania was the top state for angler participation. More than 71,000 registered anglers took part nationally, and more than 9,000 of them came from Pennsylvania. More than 1,500 tagged fish were available in 22 states where the contest was held; of those, 313 tagged fish were caught for a total of more than $250,000 in prizes being awarded. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for its Tree Identification Workshop on Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the conservancy’s office in Bethel. Read more
ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has increased Deer Management Permits (DMPs, or “doe tags”) statewide by about 18% for the approaching deer hunting season.
Here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, DEC’s Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 3M, which includes parts of Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties and covers nearly 750 square miles, is one of the state’s WMUs that needs substantial deer population reduction. Read more
PAUPACK TOWNSHIP, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary recently received a $2,500 donation from Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL), continuing the utility’s support for Lacawac’s involvement with preservation, education and research. The purpose of the gift is to pay for ongoing enhancements to Lacawac Sanctuary. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The families of Calkins Creamery will hold the inaugural Herd the Curd 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, August 31 at Highland Farm, 288 Calkins Rd. The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration open at 7:30 a.m. Participants will run or walk through a 3.1 mile scenic race course on the farm. Herd the Curd 5K participants will receive Calkins Creamery cheese samples and Fox Ledge Spring Water following the race, with prizes award in various age divisions, male and female. The registration fee is $30. Read more
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Red Fox Game Preserve will present a hunters’ training class on Saturday, September 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Huntington Firehouse. Preregistration is required. Sign up and receive a training manual at Cochecton Mills, 30 Depot Rd., Cochecton from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or 7 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays. For more class information, call 631/968-8210.
BEACH LAKE, PA — Join National Park Service Ranger Katherine Szupillo on a hike on the Damascus Forest Trail on Saturday, August 24. This easy two-mile hike will explore all that is to be found in the forests of northeastern Pennsylvania. The hike will begin at the Damascus Forest Trailhead at 10:30 a.m. The trailhead is located on MacCubbins Road, Beach Lake. Come enjoy and explore the outdoors, but be prepared with plenty of water, bug spray, and be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Wally Lake Fest will be held this weekend from August 23 to 25.
Among the many events is the Boat Parade, taking place on Saturday, August 24 at 4 p.m. Participants enter their boat to win prizes for “best dressed. Registration is free and anyone interested in entering should call 570/226-4518. Spectators can watch as the boats parade around the lake. It starts at Sunny Point Cove and ends in front of the judge’s platform at the Tafton Dike. Read more
Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to an abundance of activities during the three days of Wally Lake Fest, an annual event that celebrates Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding lake region from August 23 to 25. There will be something for everyone at every skill level, from bike riding to free sailboat rides, from kicking back and enjoying a boat parade or a sailboat race to shopping or browsing in an open-air market, to listening to live music on the lake (the bands will perform on a floating stage). Read more
Every August, Mother Nature provides a meteoric display in the skies in the form of the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks in the early morning hours of August 12. Many stargazers consider the Perseids the best meteor shower of the year, in part because of the warm temperatures, ideal for star gazing, and the fact that many are on vacation, spending time in the great outdoors. Read more
HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PF&BC) is considering a ban on fishermen using crayfish as bait because of the harm exotic, non-native crayfish pose to native crayfish and their local ecosystems.
Several popular fisheries in PA already have reportedly seen their natural food chains irreversibly altered, according to David Lieb, invertebrate zoologist with the PF&BC, speaking at the July meeting of the board of commissioners. Read more