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December 19, 2014
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REGION — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on December 20th. All are invited to join.

Tree and shrub program open in Sullivan

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation district has announced its annual spring tree and shrub program. There is a wide range of species and sizes available. Ground covers, fertilizing tablets, marking flags, tree protectors and wildlife habitat housing are also available. To order, call 845/292-6552, ext. 101 and request the brochure and order blank. The application deadline is Monday, April 9. Tree pickup is Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, at the district office on Frendale-Loomis Road.

‘The Woods in Your Backyard’

LaPLUME and EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — Penn State Extension is offering a one-day workshop titled “The Woods in Your Backyard” on March 30 at Keystone College, repeated on March 31 at East Stroudsburg University. The program is designed specifically (but not exclusively) for smaller landscapes. The vast majority of Pennsylvania’s landowners have less than 10 acres. This land, wooded or not, can provide benefits. By enhancing wooded areas or creating natural areas on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, improved water quality and reduced energy costs.  Read more

Maple syrup in your own backyard

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St., will be presenting a program for beginners who want to experiment with producing maple syrup on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. The presenter will be Dr. Frank Simpson, a local veterinarian for 50 years, a former Town of Deerpark historian, and one of the founders of the Neversink Valley Area Museum in Cuddebackville, where his maple syrup production demonstrations have educated museum visitors for many years.  Read more

Cabin fever therapy

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fly tyers John Waldron, from Poughkeepsie, left, and Jeff Phelan, from Westbrookville, were among the many fly fishermen who braved somewhat icy road conditions last Saturday morning to descend on the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) in Roscoe, NY for FlyFest.  Read more

Fly tyers gather at Fly Fest

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fifty fly tyers will informally gather and shed their cabin fever in a fly-tying frenzy at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) on Saturday, February 11 at 9 a.m. A wide array of talent and tyers will be on hand to help you learn new patterns. The event, now in its seventh year, is sponsored by local Roscoe retailer Catskill Flies and Classic Trout.com, and supported by SparseGreyMatter.com. Visitors are encouraged to bring their tying gear and join in the fun.  Read more

Conservation-careers summer camp offered

PENNSYLVANIA — Young people interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 1 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp.
The six-day camp will begin Sunday, July 8, at Kirby Episcopal House and Chapel, Glen Summit, about 10 miles south of Wilkes-Barre.  Read more

To infinity and beyond

MONTICELLO, NY — Emma Chase teacher Patti Andersen’s first grade gets ready for an interstellar voyage in Starlab. The traveling planetarium, on loan from BOCES, gave students from Kindergarten through fifth grade the opportunity to crawl through the dark tunnel and receive a guided tour of the stars and constellations. Kindergarten teacher Eileen Koliatis led the students through their exploration of space.

Outside and inside fun at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) “Sunday for Singles” event on February 12 will be an eagle watch, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should bring a lunch and dress in warm layers. Reserve a seat by February 5 to reserve a seat in the van. The cost is $25.

For those who prefer to stay inside, there will be an opportunity to explore PEEC’s new hands-on discovery room EcoZone!, crawl through the bat cave, sit in an eagle’s nest and more on February 12 and February 26 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Visit www.peec.org.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy recreates website

HAWLEY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) has announced a brand-new, completely redesigned website, made possible by the ongoing support of DHC members in addition to some grant funding. The site, located at the current url, delawarehighlands.org, is user friendly, and contains a wealth of information about the conservancy and its ongoing efforts to protect the lands, waters and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region.  Read more

Drive to revive Arbor Day

GLEN SPEY, NY — Arbor Day will be celebrated on April 27 this year and 55 fourth-graders in the Eldred Central School District will roll up their sleeves and plant a tree. The kids will become members of Fourth Grade Foresters. The project’s goal is to help revitalizethe observation of Arbor Day in America’s schools. Fourth-graders at the George Ross MacKenzie Elementary School in Glen Spey will receive trees to take home and plant.
The newly formed Eldred Lions Club sponsored the trees.  Read more

DEC seeks information about sick or dead deer

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. DEC is only investigating deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not those that were killed by a vehicle, the agency announced today.  Read more

Skiing and eagle-watching at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), at 538 Emery Road, will offer a series of events in the month of February. There will be lessons in cross-country skiing on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first two weekends of the month. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child. Skis and boots provided; register with your shoe size to guarantee a spot. If there is no snow, there will be a free winter hike.  Read more

Audubon holds eagle excursion

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Eagle Institute will present an eagle bus excursion on Saturday, January 21 at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Northeast PA Audubon Society. An Eagle Institute guide will share information about eagle biology, the area’s unique habitat and how the eagle made a comeback from the brink of extinction. Meet the bus at the Eagle Institute field office at 10 a.m. Reservations are required. A $12.50 per person fee will be charged. The snow date is Sunday, January 22. Call 570/676-9969.

Mushroom club meeting date to change

HONESDALE, PA — The regular meeting day for the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society will change from the third Monday of the month to the third Wednesday of the month. The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 18 at 7 p.m. at the Honesdale Wellness Center, 602 Church St.

The monthly membership meeting is intended to be both an opportunity for the club to discuss business and a chance to talk about mushrooms. Bring photos, questions, stories, guests, etc. Visit www.dhms.weebly.com.

Extension to hold homeowner water quality seminar

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County will present Amy Galford, Cornell University consumer water quality specialist, to discuss water quality for homeowners on private water supplies. Dr. Galford will discuss basics of water quality and home water testing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on January 30 at the Town of Callicoon Hall in Jeffersonville.

There is no charge to attend the meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required, minimum attendance needed to conduct the meeting. Email paw34@cornell.edu or call 845/292-6180, ext. 109.

Wallkill Refuge field trip

WALLKILL, NY — The Pine Island area of Orange County, with its fields and wetlands, provides great winter birding opportunities. Species such as rough-legged hawks, Northern harriers, horned larks, snow buntings, tree sparrows and short-eared owls can be observed in these habitats. The short-eared owls are observed at dusk in the marshes at the Liberty Loop Trail off Oil City Road.  Read more

Ski Big Bear expands operations

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Recreation Management Corp. (d.b.a. Ski Big Bear) and Masthope Mountain Community are in the final stage of their multiyear $3 million expansion plan. The 2011/2012 ski season will see a continued expansion of the snowmaking plant with more low-energy snow guns. In the rental area, a new tuning machine has been purchased to help tune and repair skis and snowboards. There will be a live streaming video camera at www.ski-bigbear.com/webcam/, an e-commerce website at www.ski-bigbear.com/store/, and a presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Visit www.ski-bigbear.com.

It’s eagle-viewing season

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Bald eagles have begun their annual southward migration to the Upper Delaware region and the Eagle Institute is once again offering a variety of opportunities for safe, unobtrusive viewing, including guided habitat excursions and assistance with self-guided eagle watching at public viewing areas.  Read more

Garden design seminar

FERNDALE, NY — Learn how to incorporate the plants you love into the space you have at Sullivan Renaissance’s seminar entitled “Elements of Design” on Wednesday, January 4 at 7 p.m. at the CVI Center. Presented by gardening expert Mary Lewis, this seminar will help individuals and groups begin garden projects by exploring the elements of garden design. Topics will include site assessment, design and color theory, plant choice and arrangement, and Sullivan Renaissance garden design requirements.  Read more

Be a Master Gardener

LIBERTY, NY — A Master Gardener program will return to Ferndale-Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County. The 15-week training program will run every Tuesday from February 7 through May 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snow dates are the Thursdays following the snow days. Up to 20 individuals will be accepted into the program after an application and interview program.
Begun in 1975 in New York State, the Master Gardener’s Program combines a set curriculum, learning experiences and tutoring.  Read more