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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.


August star watch

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free starwatch program on Friday, August 14, from 9 to 11 p.m. at the conservancy offices in Bethel.
Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects, and learn how to locate the constellations. Bring binoculars and/or your own telescope (a limited number will be provided) and folding chairs, if you have them.  Read more

Lacawac to hold Leaves and Ledges fundraiser

HAWLEY, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will hold a cocktail fundraiser on Thursday, September 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ledges Hotel, and is offering several levels of sponsorship. All proceeds will benefit Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station and its education outreach programs.  Read more

Competitive casting at CCFCM

ROSCOE, NY — Three casting competitions will be held as part of Summerfest 2015 at The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CCFCM) during the first weekend in August: on Saturday, August 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, August 2, from from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Casting competitions are not fly-fishing competitions. They are simply distance and accuracy casting challenges to test one’s skills. All casters will have a chance to win, as each will receive a ticket for a random drawing to win several prizes.  Read more

Trout and temperatures: Part III

As noted in the first two installments of this series, in the June 25 and July 9 issues, trout are vulnerable to high water temperatures, and temperatures in the Upper Delaware as far upstream as Lordville reach “severely stressful” levels, defined as 75°F or above, with significant frequency.  Read more

Audubon festival celebrates wildlife

HAWLEY, PA — The Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival is celebrating its 30th year as an educational, fun opportunity for all ages to learn about, and experience firsthand, many of nature’s mysteries. It will be held July 18 and 19 at the Wallanpaupack Area High School on Route 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  Read more

Night walk, paddling at PEEC

dINGMANS FERRY, PA — There will be opportunities to paddle by day and walk by night at the Pocono Environmental Education Center this weekend.

A Bridge-the-Gap Kayak Paddle will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free, and beginners are welcome; you will be taught what you need to know. Dress appropriately; you may get wet. Spaces are limited; call to reserve a kayak. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.  Read more

Downtown bird walk in Manor

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to Morgan Outdoors for a downtown birdwalk with Sullivan County Audubon member Lance Verderame on Saturday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. Verderame is Audubon’s field trip coordinator for the New York State Young Birders Club.  Read more

Trout and temperatures: Part Two; How bad does it get?

In the column printed in the June 25 issue of TRR, I discussed how trout are thermally stressed at temperatures above 68°F, and are so seriously stressed at temperatures above 75°F that they will actually die. Today’s column shows that those conditions can be all too prevalent during the summertime on the Upper Delaware River. Therefore, one must consider strategies like increasing cold water releases from the New York City dams to mitigate high temperatures, and limiting fishing activities in midsummer.  Read more

CCE Sullivan hosts herd health class

LIBERTY, NY — An educational workshop on livestock herd health management for farmers looking to develop agricultural knowledge will take place on Monday, July 20. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this program from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CCESC Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Park service offers courses for kids at Zane Grey

LACKAWAXEN, PA — “Backyard Biology” is offered to students in grades three through six by the National Park Service (NPS) every Wednesday during the summer, at 10:30 a.m. at the Zane Grey Museum. For one hour, students will learn from an NPS Ranger about ecology, populations, native and invasive species, watersheds and other biological concepts. These are hands-on interactive lessons, and all are welcome.  Read more

Vendors wanted for Pumpkin Fest

BARRYVILLE, NY — Food, craft and artist vendors are sought for Pumpkin Fest, Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day of fun, contests and live music will be held at a new location, behind the Carriage House on the Delaware River. Visit BarryvilleNY.com.

Winners announced for Conservancy scholarships

HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has awarded its annual Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000 to Alex Hess, a 2015 graduate of Deposit Central School, and the “Vanessa Van Gorder Memorial Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000 to Claire Harvey, a 2015 graduate of Honesdale High School.  Read more

Music in the great outdoors; Wildflower Music Festival

WHITE MILLS, PA — The Patriotic Brass Ensemble is scheduled to perform at the Wildflower Music Festival on Saturday, July 4 at 6 p.m. The 15-piece brass band will be led by special guest conductor Jari Villanueva, well-known retired USAF Band ceremonial bugler. It is the only professional and national organization dedicated to serving veterans and military families by donating its members’ time as a 501(c)3 charity, giving performances at a wide range of veterans’ organizations, events and hospitals.  Read more

Tour ‘secret gardens’ in Milford

MILFORD, PA — Above left, Theresa Johnson and Linda Pinto are seen preparing for the Milford Garden Club’s 2015 Secret Garden Tour; above right is a garden from a previous year’s tour. This year’s tour will take place on Saturday, July 18. Locations of the gardens are a secret until the day of the tour. You can purchase tickets before the event for $15 at the Willow, 317 Broad St., or by mailing a check to the Milford Garden Club, P.O. Box 764, Milford, PA, 18337 by July 11. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased for $20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Read more

Exploring nature at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), at 538 Emery Rd., is planning a variety of events in the first half of July.

On Sunday, July 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a summer canoe paddle. You can paddle a canoe and try out PEEC’s new kayaks. Beginners are welcome; they will teach you everything you need to know. Dress appropriately—you may get wet. Call to reserve a canoe. The cost is $5.  Read more

Shuman Point guided hike

HAWLEY, PA — Join PPL’s forester, Paul Kowalczyk, on a hike in Shuman Point Natural Area. Kowalczyk will explain how forest management practices, like the Shuman Point timber harvest, can provide necessary habitat for wildlife, including threatened species. Meet at Shuman Point Natural Area parking lot at 9:45 a.m.

The event is free, but registration is required. Call 570/253-7001.

ARTery hosts waterfall book signing

MILFORD, PA — There will be a book signing for “A Guide to Waterfalls of the Upper Delaware River” on Saturday, June 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the ARTery Gallery, 210 Main St. A project of authors and artists Marie Liu and Dawn Benko, the book provides detailed information about 12 waterfall destinations around Pike and Sussex Counties along with the images that they have created of those waterfalls.  Read more

Debris removed from Wallenpaupack

HAWLEY, PA — Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) and Talen Energy collected 14.25 tons of debris during the eighth annual Lake Wallenpaupack Cleanup Day. 98 tons of debris has been removed since 2008. Lake More than 80 individuals from thirty-four communities took advantage of the free cleanup and brought enough old and broken Styrofoam, wood and dock parts to the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center to fill six large trash containers.  Read more

Trout and river temperatures

The Upper Delaware trout fishing community has in recent weeks been very concerned about high river temperatures, which they feel have been compounded by unnecessarily low water releases from New York City’s Delaware System reservoirs. Agitated calls for additional water releases have been made repeatedly to those who manage the river. My article in The River Reporter’s special section Fishing 2015 outlined the structure and politics of the upper Delaware system and conservationists’ attempts to get thermal stress relief for the trout.  Read more

Poultry farming for beginners

LIBERTY, NY — An educational series on beginner farming continues this month with “Introduction to Poultry Farming” on Thursday, June 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more