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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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Youth participate in Long Beards turkey hunt

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Sixteen Xtreme JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge Ethics and Sportsmanship) between the ages of 12 and 15 participated in a weekend turkey hunt contest sponsored by the Sullivan County Long Beards (SCLB), on April 20 and 21.  Read more

Boating safety course offered

HAWLEY, PA — A free basic boating safety course will be offered on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

The presenter is Waterways Conservation Officer Bob Plumb, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Event is open to all ages. Registration is required; call 570/253-7001 or email pplpreserves@pplweb.com.

2013 Delaware River Sojourn announced

DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Registration is open for the 19th annual Delaware River Sojourn, a guided paddling excursion with interpretive programs and camping, taking place June 22 through 29. This year’s theme is “Our Remarkable River.”

Participants can sign up for the entire eight-day trip or for the day(s) of their choice. Daily trips range from six to 10 miles.  Read more

Discover migrating spring birds in Shelly Nature Preserve

THOMPSON, PA — Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve will host its two annual bird walks on May 11 and May 18. Dedicated birders and curious amateurs alike will explore the woods, fields and wetlands of the 400-acre preserve as they identify birds by sight and song.

On Saturday, May 11 at 6 a.m., Ron Milliken will present his 26th annual walk in the preserve. Especially popular among birders, this walk focuses on migratory birds. The excursion often lasts the entire morning and covers a wide area of the preserve.  Read more

Annual river rescue training planned

BARRYVILLE, NY — The National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP) will conduct its annual Swiftwater Rescue Training on the Upper Delaware River at Luke’s Landing, the Kittitinny/Barryville, NY base on Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.

“This is a great opportunity for high school and college students to gain experience working with a federal agency (the National Park Service) and a volunteer organization (NCSP) to provide a public service” stated the Upper Delaware’s National Park Service Superintendent Sean McGuiness.  Read more

Bass and minnow stocking program

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its annual Bass and Minnow Fish Stocking Program in June. If your pond has excessive vegetation, you may want to consider grass carp. To stock your pond with largemouth bass, fathead minnows, or grass carp, call 845/292-6552 to request an order form and price list. Orders will be accepted until Thursday, June 20. Pick-up is on Saturday, June 29 between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension building, 64 Ferndale–Loomis Rd. Email lisaschick@liberty.twcbc.com.

Deer harvest reported

NEW YORK STATE — Hunters took approximately 243,000 deer (124,000 antlerless deer and 119,000 adult bucks) during the 2012-13 hunting seasons, about 6% more than were taken the previous year. Increases were most pronounced in the northern zone where total take (30,840) increased 15 percent from 2011. In the southern zone, the adult buck take (about 98,570) increased 6% and the antlerless take (110,900) increased 5% from 2011. The 2012 harvest reflects deer populations that are greater than desired levels in many parts of New York. Increased take of antlerless deer will be necessary in 2013.  Read more

Public’s help sought to detect noxious weed

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — The Wayne County Conservation District (WCCD) and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River (UPDE) are seeking the help of the public to identify locations of a noxious, non-native weed called mile-a-minute vine, one of 13 listed on the Pennsylvania Noxious Weed List and on UPDE’s Early Detection and Rapid Response List.  Read more

Hike at dusk

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will host a “Dusk Hike” on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Delaware State Forest. Meet at the Egypt Meadow trailhead (trailhead closest to Rt. I-84). Join the park naturalist for a crepuscular night walk. Watch the setting sun, listen for evening birds and watch for hungry bats. Wear sturdy shoes. This hike is a part of the “Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors” program. It is geared toward military families, but it is open to all.

Register by emailing PromisedLandEnvEdSp@pa.gov, or calling 570/676-0567.

5K race/walk set for April 28

LIBERTY, NY — The Liberty SADD Chapter (Students Against Destructive Decisions) presents the third annual Spring Fling 5K Race/Walk on Sunday, April 28 at Liberty High School. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 racers and refreshments will be available to all participants after the race.  Read more

PEEC introduces Sportsman Series with class on fly fishing

Dingmans Ferry, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a new series for outdoor sport enthusiasts. The first class in the Sportsman Series, Introduction to Fly Fishing, will focus on beginner skills for the amateur fly fisher. Tom Battista from the Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited will teach several new skills, including knot tying and casting. This program will take place on April 28, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $20 for one class, or $50 to attend all three classes in the Sportsman Series.  Read more

Forest Restoration Workshop in Pike County

MILFORD, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Pike-Monroe Woodland Owners Group for a forest restoration workshop on Saturday, April 20 at the Milford Experimental Forest.  Read more

Guided wildflower walk at Varden Conservation Area

VARDEN, PA — Varden Conservation Area will hold the first of its 2013 environmental education programs, an early spring wildflower walk with the park naturalist, on Thursday, April 25 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Tannery Access off Route 296. This walk is a part of the “Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors” program. It is open to everyone ages 10 and up. Registration is requested at 570/676-0567 or by emailing PromisedLandEnvEdSp@pa.gov.  Read more

Many ways to help out the Earth this Earth Day

Earth Day festival at Lake Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — The annual Earth Day festival at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is child friendly and includes face painting, music and games.  Read more

Anglers gather for first Saturday of Catskill's fishing season

Photos from the 2013 opening fishing season in Roscoe, NY

Earth Day festival set at Lake Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — The annual Earth Day festival at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Rte. 6 next to Wallenpaupack High School will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is child friendly and includes face painting, music and games.  Read more

Celebrate Earth Day with the Water Snapshot Program

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — This year in celebration of Earth Day, the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will sponsor the Water Snapshot Program. This annual event draws attention to water quality monitoring and brings awareness to environmental stewardship.  Read more

National Park Service rescuers receive accreditation

BUSHKILL, PA — National Park Superintendent John J. Donahue has announced that the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s (NRA) High Angle Rescue (HAR) team has been accredited by the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA). With this achievement, the team joins 13 other national park units that hold MRA accreditation including Denali, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton and Mount Rainier National Parks.  Read more

‘Snakes found in our backyard’

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Hub at The Port Jervis Free Library is continuing its Backyard Series of programs with Snakes Found in Our Backyard on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Reptile and amphibian specialist and timber rattlesnake consultant to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Randy Stechert, will share his knowledge of the region’s snakes.  Read more

Nature Watch Volunteer Program

WURTSBORO, NY — Become a hands-on Basha Kill Area Association volunteer by training for the Nature Watch Program on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Mamakating Libray. The Nature Watch Training will help to educate you about bald eagle biology and the Basha Kill ecosystem. You will be able to effectively communicate with visitors to the Basha Kill about the nesting bald eagles, ospreys and other plant and animal residents.  Read more