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Earlier this year, I heartily enjoyed serving as an environmental educator at the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) in Covington Township, PA. Traipsing through the forest, followed by children ranging in age from pre-school to fourth grade, peeking under rocks, poking along a stream bank, exploring a meadow, we focused on learning about habitats and the various species typically found in each.

It was wonderful to see the children absorbed in these outdoor experiences as their senses came alive. Often, we would hear one exclaim, “I wish I could do this EVERY day!”

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

State park to host ‘First Day Hike’

GREENTOWN, PA — Promised Land State Park will host a First Day Hike on Tuesday, January 1, 2014 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This is the third year for this program, which promotes a healthy beginning for the New Year. The hike will be easy to moderate and is appropriate for all ages. Hikers are advised to dress in layers, bring water and wear sturdy footwear. If there is enough snow (six inches or more), it will be a snowshoe hike. A limited amount of snowshoes are available for loan. The program will be cancelled if weather is inclement.  Read more

Sullivan West third grader grows giant cabbage

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Tyler O’Sullivan, a student at Sullivan West Elementary School in Jeffersonville, grew this giant cabbage this past summer, and for his effort he received a $1,000 savings bond after he was chosen the New York State winner of a nationwide contest, the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. The company is the largest producer of vegetable and herb plants in North America.

In 2013, more than 1.5 million third graders in 48 states, including 18.782 in New York State, took part in the program, gaining hands-on gardening experience.  Read more

DEC: temporary closure for sporting license sales

NEW YORK STATE — Beginning Thursday, December 26 New York State’s (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will temporarily suspend sales of sporting licenses for a period anticipated to last approximately one to two weeks. This blackout period, during which the public will not be able to purchase hunting, fishing, or trapping licenses, or secure a recreational marine fishing registration or report harvested game, will last while DEC transitions to a new sporting license system as part of a larger multi-agency effort in NYS to consolidate licensing systems.  Read more

Christmas Bird Count rescheduled

WHITE MILLS, PA — This year’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in Wayne County, PA, which was scheduled to take place on December 15, had to be postponed due to last weekend’s snowstorm. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 4. The survey will be conducted within a radius of 7.5 miles of White Mills.

This is part of the Audubon Society’s 114th CBC, making it the longest running citizen science survey in the world, providing critical data to scientists who study long-term trends in bird populations.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces winter eagle bus tours

LACKAWAXEN, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy on a guided eagle-viewing bus trip, scheduled on multiple weekends throughout January and February. Learn from an expert guide and take a scenic drive on a heated bus throughout the Upper Delaware River region to look for and learn about magnificent bald eagles and their habitat.  Read more

Lenape Program & Winter Survival Hike at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills will present two programs at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in December. “Lenape of the Eastern Woodlands” will be held Saturday, December 7 and a “Winter Survival Hike” will be held Saturday, December 14. Both will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and cost $20.  Read more

Our otters of Narrowsburg

NARROWSBURG, NY — This fall we at The River Reporter have enjoyed the playful antics of a group of otters that frequent Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg adjacent to our office. We’re not sure where they’ve gone now that there’s a skin of ice on the pond’s surface, but we did get some very good photos and a video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNuJtwYwr7s) of them just a few weeks ago.  Read more

Why we fish

The most captivating way I know to embrace nature and immerse yourself in another reality is to slip into a river or to jump in a boat and go fishin’. Just going fishing is its own reward.  Read more

Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces eagle watch volunteer training day

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has announced an Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Day on December 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lackawaxen Inn in Lackawaxen.

Volunteers will learn about the volunteer eagle monitoring program, how to interact with the eagle-watching public, view new exhibits at the Eagle Watch Winter Field Office, and join field visits to actual monitoring sites.  Read more

DRBC publishes new online interactive maps

WEST TRENTON, NJ — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) recently announced the release of two new interactive maps on its website that allow the public to access select commission-docket and permit-holder information, as well as certain data from non-tidal Delaware River Basin water quality monitoring locations.  Read more

Foraging and feasting in Livingston Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Meet herbalist author Dina Falconi and botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender for a behind-the-scenes slide presentation on the making of “Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook” at Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., on Saturday, November 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event also includes a book signing, botanical print exhibition by Hollender, and wild and edible hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Slow Food UpDeRiVa.  Read more

Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum ‘Art of the Angler’ show

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, hundreds of fly tyers will visit the Arts of the Angler Show at the Ethan Allen Inn in Danbury, CT to attend seminars, discussions, clinics and programs on fly fishing and fly tying. Visitors will experience one of the most complete and diverse fly shows.

Over 35 fly tyers, a dozen of the top American bamboo rod makers, vendors with more than 40 tables of collectible books, tackle, ephemera and materials will be there.  Read more

PEEC announces 4th annual Game Dinner

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PA — The growing season has come to an end in the Poconos. Colorful leaves are drifting to the ground and temperatures are cooling. Celebrate the fall season with friends and family at the fourth annual Community Game Dinner held at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Saturday, November 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.  Read more

Trailkeeper.org celebrates one-year anniversary

BARRYVILLE, NY — Sullivan Trailkeeper is an online resource outlet for hiking trails and public lands in Sullivan County with easy-to-read, easy-to-access maps, information about facilities and guides to hiking safety. In celebration of its one year anniversary, the Trailkeeper.org partners will hold an educational walk through the Minisink Battleground located off Scenic Byway Rt.97 on County Road 168 in Barryville on Sunday, November 10 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.  Read more

Pheasants released in time for hunting season

UPPER DELAWARE AND MID-HUDSON RIVER VALLEYS — Pheasant hunting is underway in New York and for Region 3 (counties of Sullivan, Orange, Delaware Dutchess, Putnam and Ulsters) the season extends from now through February 28.

Annually, about 30,000 adult pheasants, which are raised on a game farm near Ithaca, are released just prior to and during the fall pheasant hunting season. Releases occur across the state on both state and private lands open to public hunting.  Read more

Injured owl released after treatment

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY— An injured barred owl found in early October near Narrowsburg, NY was taken to the Delaware Valley Raptor Center (www.dvrconline.org, or 570/296-6025) in Milford, PA. Following treatment by raptor rehabilitator Bill Streeter, the recovered owl was released into the wild last week at the spot where it was found.

Statewide deer hunter survey underway

NEW YORK STATE — When New York State developed its 2012-2016 deer management plan, some hunters expressed strong interest in modifying hunting rules and regulations to allow more bucks to live to older ages and develop heavier bodies with larger antlers. As a result of that input, one of the objectives in Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) current deer management plan is to “encourage various strategies to reduce harvest of young (1.5-year-old) bucks in accordance with hunter desires.”  Read more