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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum starts another new season on Saturday, April 5 in celebration of New York State trout season and the official opening of the 35th season. The theme is Women and Children First. Read more
PENNSYLVANIA — Penn State Cooperative Extension (PSCE) is inviting all Pennsylvanians to take a virtual walk all the way across the Commonwealth on Route 6 (394 miles) from Erie County to Pike County. Karen Bracey of PSCE in Tunkhannock recently explained this project, called Everybody Walk Across PA. Read more
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.
[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
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