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December 18, 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.

Library announces new hiking group

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — A new hiking group is meeting every three weeks starting Saturday, June 21. The first hike will occur at 11 a.m. at the Minisink Battleground Park trail in Barryville as part of a six-part hiking series throughout the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River. A national park ranger will be present to provide information about the history of the Minisink Battleground Park. If you complete all six hikes you will be rewarded with a free “Take a Hike!” patch from the National Park Service. All ages are welcome; under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present.  Read more

Spring into summer and ‘Take a Hike’

TUSTEN, NY — National Park Service rangers will host a hike on the Tusten Mountain Trail on Sunday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m. This free hike will meet at the Tusten Mountain Trailhead located at the Ten Mile River Access on Crawford Road, off State Route 97 five miles south of Narrowsburg.  Read more

Outdoor workshop series this summer

REGION — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a series of three free educational workshops this summer. The Family Tree series will provide hands-on learning outdoors in three different locations, including the new woodland trails at the conservancy’s Bethel, NY office.  Read more

Catch and release

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — While this scene may by typical of how a fisher releases a fish back to the wild, “you don’t usually get such a good photo of a robust trout swimming out of the net,” according to The River Reporter’s fishing columnist Andy Boyar (The Incomplete Angler). This brown trout was caught by Boyar on May 21, while he was fishing with his friend Peter Kolesar and guide Bill Fraser on the main stem of the Delaware River near Buckingham, PA.

Native Plants Walk

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) for a Native Plants Walk on Saturday, June 14 at the Forest Reserve at Smallwood from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Renowned author and botanist Dr. Ann Rhoads will lead the walk and discuss, illustrate, and answer questions about native plants and their habitats.

Dr. Rhoads’ books include “The Plants of Pennsylvania,” “The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania,” and most recently, “Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania.” Dr. Rhoads was the director of botany for Morris Arboretum and taught botany at the University of Pennsylvania.  Read more

‘Secret Gardenscape Tour’

wAYNE COUNTY, PA — Spring has sprung; the flowers are here. Enjoy springtime by visiting master gardeners’ and landscapers’ beautiful creations on this year’s “Secret Gardenscape Tour.” It will be held on Sunday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature the areas of White Mills and Hawley.

This self-guided tour (a map will be provided) benefits the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS). Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased the WCHS Museum at 810 Main St., Honesdale. The event will be held rain or shine.
For more information, call 570/253-3240 or email wchshop@ptd.net.

Expedition river trip with PEEC

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is presenting an Expedition River Trip June 20 to 22. It will be an opportunity to enjoy the summer solstice with a camping trip along the Delaware River.

Friday afternoon will be spent at PEEC preparing for the trip and learning canoe camping skills. Participants will canoe all day on Saturday and spend the night at a primitive campsite. No experience is necessary—PEEC staff will teach participants everything they need to know.  Read more

Bike tour and festival June 14

PECKVILLE, PA — Hosted by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) and Heritage Valley Partners, Inc., the fifth annual Heritage Explorer Bike Tour and Festival will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blakely Borough Recreation Complex.  Read more

Appalachian Trail dreaming

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors is celebrating National Trails Day with the unveiling of its Top 10 Local Hikes list and an evening program. On Saturday, June 7 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to join John DeSanto for a slideshow and introduction to Orange County’s section of the Appalachian Trail.  Read more

Come celebrate World Fish Migration Day

REGION — On Saturday, May 24, the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River will celebrate World Fish Migration Day, part of a one-day global initiative to raise awareness of the importance of open rivers to migratory fish. While most fish are migratory to some degree, some species like salmon, sturgeon, shad, sea lamprey, giant catfish and eel migrate thousands of miles to complete their life cycles. If they can’t migrate, the population will die out.  Read more

American shad return to the Delaware River after journey at sea

REGION — The spring run of American shad (Alosa sapidissima) is now working its way up 330-mile main stem of the Delaware River in a timeless ritual in which these ocean-going fish return to their natal fresh waters to spawn.  Read more

Become a volunteer safety patroller on the river

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — The National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP) will host its 35th annual Delaware River water safety training program on the weekend of May 3 and 4 for volunteers to learn how to respond to emergencies on the open water this summer.

Registration opens on Friday, May 2 between 5 and 9 p.m. at Kittatinny Adventure Center, Luke’s Landing near Barryville, NY, 3854 State Rte. 97, or register at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Briefing starts at 8 a.m.  Read more

Fly-Casting Rendezvous at Catskill Museum

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Wild Trout Flyrodders will hold its second annual Catskill Fly-Casting Rendezvous on Saturday, May 3, on the grounds of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.

With more than 20 workshops and clinics on casting, fly tying and on-water fishing techniques, this is a premier event dedicated to the art and sport of fly fishing. The workshops are designed to appeal to a broad range of interests and skill levels.  Read more

Spring, a perfect time to learn about birds

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — Birders of all levels, novice to experienced, are invited to spend the weekend of May 9 through 11 at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in search of warblers, raptors and other migrating birds.

Warbler Weekend will begin on Friday evening, May 9 and continue through Sunday afternoon, May 11. Field trips will be led by experienced guides who will identify birds by sight, sound and habitat.  Read more

Annual spring bird walks in Shelly Wetlands Preserve

THOMPSON, PA — After a long, hard and relentless in northeastern Pennsylvania, spring is beginning to emerge, and once again Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve will host its two annual bird walks. In the company of expert birders, experienced birdwatchers and amateurs alike can enjoy exploring the woods, fields, and wetlands of the 400-acre preserve as they identify birds by sight and song.  Read more

One Bug kickoff party in Hancock

HANCOCK, NY — The kickoff party for the seventh annual One Bug fly-fishing contest on the Upper Delaware River will be held on Friday, April 25. The trout-fishing tournament is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR), a nonprofit group that advocates on behalf of the river, its residents and the businesses that depend on it.  Read more

Environmental groups gather at EnviroFest

HAWLEY, PA — EnviroFest 2014 will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill. Organizations working to preserve and protect the environment will have displays showing what they do year-round and their specific plans for Earth Day 2014.  Read more

Earth Day celebration at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its 19th annual Earth Day Festival on April 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. PEEC’s Earth Day Festival is an opportunity to learn more about recycling, the environment, and how to make small (and big) changes to reduce your environmental footprint.  Read more

Catskills fly fishing, film, art and beer festival

HANCOCK, NY — “Come Hell or High Water,” an annual fly fishing, beer, art and film festival at West Branch Angler & Resort, will be held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The expo and fly fishing lessons are free to the public.

Highlighted events on Friday include the Simms kickoff party at the River Run Restaurant with live music by Milkweed; “Learn to Fly Fish for Free: Orvis 101;” and the West Branch Brewfest, freaturing a few of the area’s top breweries, such as Galaxy and Trӧegs.  Read more

Expanded access for trout fishing

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reminds anglers that upstate reservoirs and dozens of properties along creeks and streams will be open for fishing when trout season begins April 1. Twenty-two reservoirs and lakes, covering roughly 33,500 acres, will be open for fishing from shore or from boats that have a valid DEP boat tag. Most of these reservoirs and lakes include habitat for cold-water species such as trout and warm-water species such as smallmouth and largemouth bass.  Read more