LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Joyce Garber of Bethel will present “The Appalachian Trail: An Adventure for All Ages,” on Saturday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. An alternate title might be, “If you can’t do it all, do what you can!” Now in her 70s and not feeling capable of hiking the whole 2,189 miles, Garber could not get the idea of the Appalachian Trail out of her mind. So she chose a grand compromise. Over two years, bit by bit, she drove to trail crossings in each of the 14 states the trail passes through, from Georgia to Maine, and hiked as far as she could in a day. Read more
Catching large trout on a dry fly is damned difficult. The trout feed on small insects, which the fly fisher imitates with bits of fur and feather tied onto tiny hooks with thread. Trout are only fooled by these imitations if they float freely down the river just like the real insects. To achieve this illusion, fly fishers use delicate leaders, often with breaking strength four pounds or less, and with these they dare to catch trout of 20-plus inches that rocket down the river, cart-wheeling in the air while ensnaring the line around rocks or fallen trees. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY —The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is holding its annual bass and minnow fish stocking program. If your pond seems to have excessive vegetation, you may want to consider grass carp.
If you are interested in stocking your pond with largemouth bass, fathead minnows, or grass carp, call the Conservation District at 845/292-6552 and request an order form to be mailed to you or visit sullivanswcd.org. Orders accepted until Monday, June 22.
LIBERTY, NY — Home gardeners and landscapers can learn to create a more natural outdoor setting by substituting native ornamental plants over harmful invasive species. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteers will offer this class on native plants vs. invasive species on Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
LAKE ARIEL, PA — We’re embarking on a high-tech adventure! Lacawac’s Amazing Georace will take geocaching teams on an outdoor adventure solving puzzles, finding containers and earning points while discovering natural and historic features on the sanctuary’s property, located at 94 Sanctuary Rd. Join Lacawac and the Tri-State Geocachers on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. for the Meet & Greet. Read more
BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a free bird walk on the woodland trail at our office on Sunday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Learn about what you see and hear on the trail, and help collect data about the birds found on the property.
Then, join the Conservancy on May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Bethel office to participate in a work party to clean up the grounds and do some painting and minor repairs to help us get ready for the summer. Read more
REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it will continue the pilot program that allows the use of electric trolling motors for fishing at Cannonsville Reservoir. During the 2015 season, DEP will continue its discussions with fishermen and watershed stakeholders to determine whether the trolling motor program has been useful and whether it should expand to other locations in the years ahead. Read more
JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — On May 14, fifth-grade students will celebrate Trout Release Day, part of the Trout in the Classroom program co-sponsored by the Upper Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) and Jeff Bank at Sullivan West Elementary School. The release day will take place at the junction of Route 52 and North Branch Road, where owner Jim Hughson has donated the use of the park. The property runs along Callicoon Creek, and is maintained in memory of his daughter, Lauren, a great lover of the outdoors. Read more
UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — The Delaware Sojourn, one of the oldest river sojourns in the nation, will take place from June 20 to 27 this year. Participants can sign up for the entire eight-day trip or for the day(s) of their choice.
Close to 75 miles of the Main Stem Delaware River will be paddled in 2015, split into daily trips ranging from eight to 13 miles. This year’s sojourn will also visit Crosswicks Creek, a New Jersey tributary to the Delawar
e River. The sojourn will include the following stretches:
Saturday, June 20: Balls Eddy, PA to Buckingham, PA Read more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Livingston Manor Garden Day will be held on May 16, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Livingston Manor Community Center and Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Manor Renaissance volunteers and Sullivan County Audubon Society. Read more
MIDDLETOWN, NY — Sullivan West High School seniors Carly Grishaber and Kevin Hart recently won O.C.I.A.A. recognition as Scholar/Athletes. The awards ceremony was held on April 2d at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown. Pictured above are Kevin’s parents Cathy and Dan Hart, left, Kevin, Carly and her parents Jill and John Grishaber.
Carly has participated in soccer, basketball, and softball. She plans on attending Ulster County Community College, majoring in veterinary technology. Read more
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — SUNY Sullivan, which was proclaimed the official Sullivan County Earth Day site by the Sullivan County Legislature, will host a full slate of events in celebration of Earth Day, including the PowerUp of the SUNY Sullivan Solar Garden. The day begins at 9 a.m. with exhibitors and a marketplace in the Seelig Theatre Lobby (E Building). There will be a tour of the campus at 9:30 a.m. featuring the composting operation, the community garden and the geothermal building. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Earth Day will be celebrated at Hawley Earth Fest this weekend. Stop by the Hawley Library on Friday, April 24, for a mask-making workshop in preparation for the Species Parade scheduled for the next day. Create your own custom mask of any plant or animal. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, you can visit a costume station near the park to complete your costume. Read more
After the hard winter that we’ve just endured, fly fisherman up and down the Delaware are anxiously awaiting the “big ones.” I don’t mean big fish. I mean big bugs, the first really significant hatch of large mayflies: the Hendricksons. Once they appear in force, these lovely mayflies can get the trout into a feeding frenzy all along the Delaware, its East and West branches and tributaries like the Lackawaxen and the Mongaup, not to mention the hallowed waters of the Beaverkill and Willowemoc. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — Nathaniel Whitmore, naturalist and wild foods enthusiast, will present a program designed to reveal the edible plants and mushrooms that can be foraged in our region in the spring on Thursday, April 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in The Hub, a public computer center located in the basement of the Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike St.
He will reveal the terrain each prefers, how to identify it, and how to prepare it for consumption. Read more
LAKE ARIEL, PA — Bring your little ones, ages three and four, for a walk outdoors at Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Rd., on Saturday, April 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Naturalist educator Jenna Mauder will encourage children to use all five senses to explore the environment. The walk will conclude with a craft and a snack. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. The cost is $5 per child, $10 for three. Siblings under three are admitted free. Register by email at email@example.com or call 580/689-9494. Read more