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REGION — On Thursday, October 30, the Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners awarded their 24th annual environmental partnership awards. The Women and Their Woods initiative, led by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) with Penn State Renewable Natural Resources Extension, and funding support from the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA, was the recipient of an Environmental Partnership Award.

Women’s Weekend outdoor retreat

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Participants in the April 3 to 6 Women’s Weekend at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will have the opportunity to experience a relaxing nature hike through the forest with friends, canoeing across a peaceful pond, morning yoga, evening star gazing and campfires. The weekend is open to all women ages 18+.

It all begins on Friday, April 4 and continues through Sunday, April 6. The cost includes lodging in a comfortable yurt and six meals. To register, call PEEC at 570/828-2319. The cost of the weekend is $195. Commuter and day rates are also available.

8KRun/Walk to embrace Grey Towers’ history

MILFORD, PA — An Earth Day 8K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26, is not only good for physical fitness but also to educate the community about the conservation history in this region.  Read more

Sugar Shack Scramble at PEEC

Dingmans Ferry, PA — Enjoy an orienteering expedition to the “Two Saps” Sugar Shack. The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host its annual Sugar Shack Scramble on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.  Read more

Self-guided maple tour in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — Thinking spring? The fifth annual Wayne County Self-Guided Maple Tour is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Thoughts on February

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes Andy Boyar, one of the most passionate fishers we know, as our new fishing columnist. His column will run during the fourth week of every month in the winter months and twice a month—the second and fourth weeks—once the fishing season starts. Welcome aboard, Andy!]  Read more

Local boy scouts participate in annual Klondike Derby

MONTICELLO, NY — Over 20 Boy Scouts from Shohola Troop 76 participated in Hudson Valley Council’s annual Klondike Derby. This year, the derby was held at Mahogany Ridge Hunting Club in Monticello. A total of 16 area Boy Scout troops and three Webelos (Cub Scout) packs entered the derby.  Read more

Sled dog and Iditarod fever come to Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — From March 1 through 8, the week of the 2014 Iditarod, visit Livingston Manor for a week-long celebration of Alaska’s 1,100-mile dog sled race from Anchorage to Nome. On March 1, 70 teams will cross the starting line of the 2014 Iditarod.  Read more

Environmental scholarships available to students

REGION — The Lackawaxen River Conservancy will offer two scholarships this year to area students interested in pursuing a career in a field related to environmental conservation. Continuing a program it inaugurated in 2012, the Conservancy is offering a $500 scholarship to a senior graduating from one of the four high schools in the Lackawaxen River watershed, namely, Honesdale, Western Wayne, Wallenpaupack and Canaan Christian Academy.  Read more

Little Sparrow and the Eagles

NARROWSBURG, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on Sunday, February 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tusten Theatre in Narrowsburg for live Americana music and a live birds of prey presentation from Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with local band Little Sparrow taking the stage at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., enjoy “Close Encounters with Eagles and Winter Raptors,” and experience the majesty of hawks, falcons, owls and eagles up close.  Read more

Audubon announces scholarship opportunities

NORTHEAST PA — Audubon is offering scholarships to residents of Wayne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and northern Pike counties. Applications for all of them are on the Audubon’s website at www.nepaaudubon.org/about/scholarships.  Read more

Freezin’ for a reason at the Paupack Plunge

GREENTOWN, PA — The third annual Paupack Plunge, where plungers will be “freezin’ for a reason,” will be held at the Lighthouse Harbor Marina on Route 507 on Saturday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event benefits the Tafton Water Rescue Team and the Ledgedale Dive Team.

The idea is to bring many brave people to the lake’s frigid waters to “plunge” for a good cause. This unique charity event will raise money and awareness for two local dive and rescue teams. Last year, about 152 people participated, raising $6,000.  Read more

Flyfest at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Fly tyers from all over Northeastern USA will gather at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum for the ninth annual Flyfest on Saturday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Flyfest is sponsored by local Roscoe Fly Shop, Catskill Flies.  Read more

High school students build solar panel for PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Students from Delaware Valley and East Stroudsburg North High School visited the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to help build and install a SunSaluter solar panel as part of a sustainability event on Sunday, January 12.  Read more

Outdoor enthusiasts’ film series

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors and the Livingston Manor library will host the Outdoor Enthusiasts’ Film Series with monthly screenings February through April, followed by discussion and refreshments. Viewers will travel to Mt. Everest; from Anchorage to Nome, AK; and to Florida in three seasonally-selected outdoor films. The free screenings, open to the public, will be held at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St. Reservations are strongly suggested, as seating is limited. Call 845/439 5507. First come, first served.  Read more

DEC proposes regulatory changes to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species at boat launches

REGION — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing new regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at DEC boat launches, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The proposed regulatory changes require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching at or leaving a DEC boat launch and waterway access.  Read more

Winter eagle watching season begins in the Upper Delaware River Region

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Wintering eagles have begun arriving in the Upper Delaware River region, and the Delaware Highlands Conservancy has numerous opportunities for you to view and learn about our magnificent national bird. Visit the Conservancy’s Winter Field Office at 176 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen on Fridays from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view new interpretative exhibits, watch a short documentary, and speak with knowledgeable staff and volunteers to plan a driving tour to the eagle-viewing blinds throughout the region.  Read more

January and February eagle watches at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will present several eagle watches during January and February. Each of the eagle watches will be led by Jan Lokuta and will include visits to the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River and the Eagle Institute.  Read more

Winter bird watch class

LIBERTY, NY — Learn how to identify the most common birds and what their favorite treats are at a program on winter birds offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County on Thursday, January 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center. Information on how to sign up for the Cornell University Feeder Watch Program will be distributed. Each participant will make a simple bird feeder to take home.  Read more

Somerset Fly Fishing Show starts season

SOMERSET, NJ — Turn off the TV and pull on some wading boots, the annual Somerset Fly Fishing Show opens the 2014 angling season at the Garden State Exhibit Center, January 24 to 26.  Read more

Citizen science opportunity: national bald eagle count for families

LACKAWAXEN, PA — Citizens of Sullivan County are encouraged to contribute towards the National Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Count for 2013-2014 this January 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County and Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s (DHC) Eagle Watch volunteer program are teaming up to offer education and an opportunity for families to monitor several spots along the Delaware River for bald eagle activity. Trained volunteers will be in place at each location to offer some facts about local and wintering eagles and to answer questions.  Read more