MADISON, WI — According to a study that has been published in the journal Nature, the fungus Geomyces destructans is responsible for the disease known as white-nose syndrome that is wiping out bats in North America. White-nose syndrome is a skin infection that often begins around the muzzle. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a series of courses and hikes in December. On Saturday, December 3, from 9 to 11 a.m., there will be an introduction to snow-shoeing, costing $10 per adult and $5 per child. On the same day, there will be a Winter Survival Hike led by Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills, from 1 to 4 p.m., costing $10. Build a shelter, try your hand at fire making and learn other useful outdoor skills. Read more
LACKAWAXEN, PA — Masthope Mountain Community Ski Committee, in conjunction with Guenther’s Ski Haus, will sponsor their annual ski swap on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 at the Lower Commons of Masthope Lodge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There will be good buys on new and almost-new skis, boards, bindings, boots and clothing. Ten percent of the proceeds of all sales will be deducted and donated to the Lackawaxen Township Volunteer Ambulance. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will open a new bat cave on Sunday, November 20 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Visitors to the bat cave will crawl through the serpentine tunnel and enter a room decorated with stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and rimstone, where they can learn about cave ecology and troglobites (cave dwelling animals). The bat cave is one part of PEEC’s new EcoZone, offering a variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits. Visit www.peec.org or call 570/828-2319.
GREENTOWN, PA — The museum at Promised Land State Park is seeking donations of taxidermy mounts for its natural history section. Specifically sought are a rattlesnake skin, a bluebird, a fisher, birds of prey (hawks and owls) and a river otter. Among other animals sought are black bear, ring-necked pheasant, beaver, snowshoe hare, smallmouth bass and blue jay. Read more
WESTFALL, PA — The Milford Garden Club has selected Alice-Jane Loewrigkeit (center left, holding plaque) as its Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recipient for 2011. The award was presented by Milford Garden Club President Sally Gifft (center right). Over the years, Loewrigkeit has served as recording secretary, vice president and president twice, and she has chaired numerous committees. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — A Financial Planning for Your Forestland workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Pike County Conservation District Office at 556 Route 402. A few simple steps of financial planning can go a long way toward making responsible forest management profitable and keeping forestland in the family for generations. Join Lloyd Casey of Casey’s Forestry Concepts at this evening workshop about timber tax minimization, forest finance and estate planning for private woodland owners. Read more
BLOOMING GROVE, PA — The Pike County Conservation District will present “Dirt! The Movie” at the district office in Blooming Grove on November 29 at 7 p.m. The film takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to. Read more
REGION — A Cornell University study shows that “top planting” is a much easier method of planting tulip bulbs and just as effective as digging the traditional six- to eight-inch holes for each bulb.
To top plant: Till the soil about two inches deep, place the bulbs on top of the soil and then cover them with a two-to-four inch layer of mulch and water to achieve successful tulips that will thrive year after year. No strenuous digging is needed.
“Top planting is a good way to go,” said William B. Miller, professor of horticulture and director of Cornell’s Flower Bulb Research Program. Read more
ROWLAND, PA — Members of The Lackawaxen River Conservancy, Bernt Balchen Lodge (Sons of Norway) and Men of Bethel gathered at Mt. Moriah cemetery at Kimbles on the morning of Saturday, October 22, for their annual fall trash pick-up under the PennDOT Adopt-a-Highway Program. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There will be a Sullivan County Long Beards Youth Buck Contest for all JAKES 2011 members. It is for bow as well as gun season. The bucks will be measured by weight plus points. A tie will be determined by rack spread. Weigh in at TK Taxidermy, Route 52 in Jeffersonville. All entrants will receive a free Sullivan County Long Beards hat. The winner will receive a free buck mount donated by TK Taxidermy, a deer rifle donated by The Sullivan County Long Beards. Read more
COCHECTON, NY — My wife and I have a home on the Upper Delaware in the Town of Cochecton. I have been coming to the Upper Delaware for 50 years, and have always enjoyed the profusion of wildlife in the area. Every time I canoe down the river, there are visual experiences great for the heart and soul. But this past weekend, there was an event that was hard to believe. Read more
Robert Zabady of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, left, William Schweighofer of the Honesdale National Bank, Jack Batcher of Camp Umpy’s Bagels & Stuff and Batcher’s grandchildren Calvin and Melody Feustel pose in the garden that Ellen Memorial Health Care Center re-planted next to the Fred Miller Pavilion on Main Street several years ago. Camp Umpy’s Bagels and Stuff, located just down the street from the garden, took it upon themselves to pick up where the Himalayan Institute Main Street left off due to their recent closing, and is making sure this garden flourishes. Read more
The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will recognize Doug Swisher, Carl Richards, Barry and Cathy Beck, Roderick Haig-Brown and John Alden Knight and induct them into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame on October 8. A reception and ceremony, open to the public, will be held in the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum at 3 p.m. Past Fly Fishing Hall of Famers Joan Wulff, Mary Dette, Al Caucci, Art Lee, Gardner Grant, Keith Fulsher and others will be there to welcome this year’s class. Attendees are welcome to bring books and cameras as time will be available for signings and photos. Read more
Parks & Trails New York is launching the next round of its Capacity Building Grants for park and trail groups in New York State. The grants, of up to $3,000, will strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state. Funds can be used to assist with activities associated with organizational start-up and development, training, communications, and volunteer recruitment and management. The deadline for submitting applications is November 16. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — Parks & Trails New York, a statewide parks and trails advocacy organization, is offering assistance to communities wishing to develop a new multi-use trail or increase usage of an existing trail as part of its Healthy Trails, Healthy People Program.
Communities will receive help with technical issues, planning, public outreach, grant writing, fundraising, programming, organizational development and other activities critical to the long-term success of trail projects. Read more
GREENTOWN, PA — There will be a workshop on preparing wildlife specimens for education titled “Bring out Your Dead” on Thursday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more
THOMPSON, PA — There will be a walk at the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m., led by Hank Hartman, a retired forester with the U.S. Forest Service.
The 400-acre preserve features many species of trees that tell a unique tale about this particular area and its human and natural history. Hartman will help identify some of these trees, discuss their special qualities and describe some of the modern environmental challenges they are under. Read more