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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.

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Enjoy the outdoors with a hike on the Damascus Forest Trail

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

Wally Lake Fest this weekend

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

Wally Fest welcomes outdoor adventurers

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

Perseids about to put on a show

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

Fish and Boat Commission to consider crayfish ban

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

All tied up in knots

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host two “Knots for Hiking and Camping” classes on Saturday, August 10, where adventurers of all ages will have a chance to gain knot-tying skills.

The hour-long children’s class runs from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and is geared for kids age nine and up. They will learn several of the key knots useful in camping and hiking, from making a loop to a taut-line hitch. The class for adults runs from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and will cover additional knots useful in everyday life, like the trucker’s hitch, which is great for cinching down loads on top of a car.  Read more

Festival to celebrate fly fishing

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will present Summerfest, with its Anglers Market, Hardy Cup, Canvas Paint Out, Jubilee Day and more on August 3 and 4 at the center.

The Anglers Market features over 100 tables of fly-fishing and outdoors sports-related equipment, collectibles, fly tying materials, old rods, reels, and more. The market runs Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Read more

Annual trout stocking program

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is now offering its annual trout stocking program. If you are interested in stocking your pond with trout or fathead minnows this fall, the district will be accepting orders until Thursday, September 19.  Read more

Free invasive species info available at extension

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County is working with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) to develop an Early Detection/Rapid Response (ED/RR) system in the Catskill region. The public in the Catskill region is urged to join in this task.  Read more

Monarch butterfly program

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Naturalist Ed Wesely will lead a monarch butterfly program at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s New York office on Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

For 20 years, Wesely and Barbara Yeaman have rescued monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars from threatened habitats, reared, and released them. With the help of local school children, they’ve nurtured and released over 6,000 adult monarchs.  Read more

Attention photographers

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The deadline for the Lackawaxen River Conservancy’s (TLRC) photo contest is July 31. The winning photograph will be featured on TLRC’s new brochure. Submit your most beautiful, iconic photograph(s) of the Lackawaxen River by email to lackawaxenriverconservancy@gmail.com (no more than two photos per entrant; eligibility not limited to TLRC members).

If your photograph is chosen, in addition to seeing it acknowledged in the brochure, you will also receive two complimentary tickets to TLRC’s annual dinner at Cora’s 1850 Bistro in Hawley, PA on September 22. Call 570/685-7204.

CFFCM’s Summerfest coming up

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM)’s Summerfest: Anglers Market, Hardy Cup, Canvas Paint Out, Jubilee Day is coming up on August 3 and 4 at the center.

The Anglers Market features over 100 tables of fly-fishing and outdoors sports-related equipment, collectibles, fly tying materials, old rods, reels, and more. The market runs Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Read more

Big bugs for little kids

HAWLEY, PA — Nature programs for kids will be held on each Wednesday and Saturday, July 27 to August 10 at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Big Bugs for Little Kids will be held on Wednesday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Learn about some of the insects that live in our area and spend time gathering live insects. Bring your own container or borrow one from PPL. Light Your Bulb will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Kids will learn how electricity works.  Read more

Go Native in your Catskill Garden

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Monday, July 22 at 1 p.m., the public is invited to join Molly Marquand for a free public program called “Managing the Catskills Garden: Go Native.” Meet at Morgan Outdoors and then tour Livingston Manor’s Renaissance Park just one block away.

Marquand is the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator, based in Arkville.

Learn about invasive species that threaten Catskill natural diversity and ways to stop invasive plants from spreading in the garden. Boost biodiversity by planting Catskill native plants.  Read more

Reel in the fish at PPL Learning Center

HAWLEY, PA — Summer Nature Series: Fishing for Little Kids will be held at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Children will learn about basic fishing. Learn to rig a fishing rod, bait a hook and cast the line. Bring your own fishing tackle or feel free to borrow from PPL. Parent help will be appreciated. Parents who help can do everything except cast and reel in a fishing line unless they have a fishing license. They can be purchased at local sporting goods stores. Call 570/253-7001.

Herbalist leads medicinal plant walk

HAWLEY, PA — A medicinal plant walk will be led by herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join Whitmore for a walk around the preserve in search of medicinal plants in bloom. He will identify the plants and explain how they can be used to treat common ailments. Registration is not required for this free program. Meet at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. For more information, call 570/253-7001.

See the Delaware from the top of Jensen’s Ledges

LORDVILLE, NY — On Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. a park ranger from the Upper Delaware National Park Service will lead a hike of the Bouchoux Trail, known locally as Jensen’s Ledges.

This difficult two-mile round-trip hike leads to a panoramic view of the Upper Delaware River Valley at the summit of Jensen’s Ledges. Quarrying of bluestone was once a large industry in the area, as evidenced by the large bluestone piles that are still visible today.  Read more

Investigate streams at Varden

VARDEN, PA — Varden Conservation Area (VCA) will hold an environmental education program titled “Stream Investigation” on Thursday, July 25 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Tannery Access. Join the park naturalist to delve into Middle Creek to search for macroinvertebrates—stream critters that have an exoskeleton and can be seen with the naked eye—such as dragonfly larva, mayfly nymphs and crayfish. This is a great program for scouts and families. Wear old shoes or waders and dress to get wet. Registration is suggested by calling 570/676-0567 or emailing PromisedLandEnvEdSp@pa.gov.

Mushroom society leads walk

HAWLEY, PA — A mushroom hike as part of a summer nature series will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at PPL’s Shuman Point Natural Area. The presenter is Jack Barnett of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society.

The walk will be along the Shuman Point trail, and participants will learn how to identify mushrooms on the hike. Shuman Point Natural Area is located between Lakeville and Hawley on Route 590. Meet in the parking area at 10 a.m. Held rain or shine. No registration is required for this free program. Email delhlmushroom soc@yahoo.com.

The thrill of discovery

Shane Flory, a member of the Monroe County 4H club, “Insects Are Us,” was in his glory after capturing a common green darner dragonfly during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz in Starlight, PA. “They’re one of the hardest to catch,” Shane reported. A small-eyed sphinx moth and white admiral butterfly were two more of the insects also identified. The event, held on June 28 and 29, brought together 50 world-class scientists to collect, identify and catalog over 1,000 separate species of plants, animals and insects.  Read more