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October 01, 2014
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SHOHOLA, PA — Members of the Shohola Boy Scout Troop #76 will hold their third annual “Shohola-Barryville Bridge 5K Run/Walk” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, at Rohman Park in Shohola. This event will serve as the kick-off to Pumpkins in the Park, a long-standing community event held in Shohola each October.
Proceeds from the 5K will support the Scout troop’s program activities, such as merit badge opportunities, summer camp fees for those in need and equipment for camping trips. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Ecumenical Food Pantry of Pike County.

Annual trout stocking program

LIBERTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District is now offering its annual trout stocking program. If you are interested in stocking your pond with trout or fathead minnows this fall, the district will be accepting orders until Thursday, September 19.  Read more

Free invasive species info available at extension

LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County is working with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) to develop an Early Detection/Rapid Response (ED/RR) system in the Catskill region. The public in the Catskill region is urged to join in this task.  Read more

Monarch butterfly program

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Naturalist Ed Wesely will lead a monarch butterfly program at the Delaware Highlands Conservancy’s New York office on Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

For 20 years, Wesely and Barbara Yeaman have rescued monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars from threatened habitats, reared, and released them. With the help of local school children, they’ve nurtured and released over 6,000 adult monarchs.  Read more

Attention photographers

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The deadline for the Lackawaxen River Conservancy’s (TLRC) photo contest is July 31. The winning photograph will be featured on TLRC’s new brochure. Submit your most beautiful, iconic photograph(s) of the Lackawaxen River by email to lackawaxenriverconservancy@gmail.com (no more than two photos per entrant; eligibility not limited to TLRC members).

If your photograph is chosen, in addition to seeing it acknowledged in the brochure, you will also receive two complimentary tickets to TLRC’s annual dinner at Cora’s 1850 Bistro in Hawley, PA on September 22. Call 570/685-7204.

CFFCM’s Summerfest coming up

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM)’s Summerfest: Anglers Market, Hardy Cup, Canvas Paint Out, Jubilee Day is coming up on August 3 and 4 at the center.

The Anglers Market features over 100 tables of fly-fishing and outdoors sports-related equipment, collectibles, fly tying materials, old rods, reels, and more. The market runs Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Read more

Big bugs for little kids

HAWLEY, PA — Nature programs for kids will be held on each Wednesday and Saturday, July 27 to August 10 at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Big Bugs for Little Kids will be held on Wednesday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Learn about some of the insects that live in our area and spend time gathering live insects. Bring your own container or borrow one from PPL. Light Your Bulb will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Kids will learn how electricity works.  Read more

Go Native in your Catskill Garden

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Monday, July 22 at 1 p.m., the public is invited to join Molly Marquand for a free public program called “Managing the Catskills Garden: Go Native.” Meet at Morgan Outdoors and then tour Livingston Manor’s Renaissance Park just one block away.

Marquand is the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator, based in Arkville.

Learn about invasive species that threaten Catskill natural diversity and ways to stop invasive plants from spreading in the garden. Boost biodiversity by planting Catskill native plants.  Read more

Reel in the fish at PPL Learning Center

HAWLEY, PA — Summer Nature Series: Fishing for Little Kids will be held at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Children will learn about basic fishing. Learn to rig a fishing rod, bait a hook and cast the line. Bring your own fishing tackle or feel free to borrow from PPL. Parent help will be appreciated. Parents who help can do everything except cast and reel in a fishing line unless they have a fishing license. They can be purchased at local sporting goods stores. Call 570/253-7001.

Herbalist leads medicinal plant walk

HAWLEY, PA — A medicinal plant walk will be led by herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join Whitmore for a walk around the preserve in search of medicinal plants in bloom. He will identify the plants and explain how they can be used to treat common ailments. Registration is not required for this free program. Meet at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. For more information, call 570/253-7001.

See the Delaware from the top of Jensen’s Ledges

LORDVILLE, NY — On Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. a park ranger from the Upper Delaware National Park Service will lead a hike of the Bouchoux Trail, known locally as Jensen’s Ledges.

This difficult two-mile round-trip hike leads to a panoramic view of the Upper Delaware River Valley at the summit of Jensen’s Ledges. Quarrying of bluestone was once a large industry in the area, as evidenced by the large bluestone piles that are still visible today.  Read more

Investigate streams at Varden

VARDEN, PA — Varden Conservation Area (VCA) will hold an environmental education program titled “Stream Investigation” on Thursday, July 25 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Tannery Access. Join the park naturalist to delve into Middle Creek to search for macroinvertebrates—stream critters that have an exoskeleton and can be seen with the naked eye—such as dragonfly larva, mayfly nymphs and crayfish. This is a great program for scouts and families. Wear old shoes or waders and dress to get wet. Registration is suggested by calling 570/676-0567 or emailing PromisedLandEnvEdSp@pa.gov.

Mushroom society leads walk

HAWLEY, PA — A mushroom hike as part of a summer nature series will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at PPL’s Shuman Point Natural Area. The presenter is Jack Barnett of the Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society.

The walk will be along the Shuman Point trail, and participants will learn how to identify mushrooms on the hike. Shuman Point Natural Area is located between Lakeville and Hawley on Route 590. Meet in the parking area at 10 a.m. Held rain or shine. No registration is required for this free program. Email delhlmushroom soc@yahoo.com.

The thrill of discovery

Shane Flory, a member of the Monroe County 4H club, “Insects Are Us,” was in his glory after capturing a common green darner dragonfly during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz in Starlight, PA. “They’re one of the hardest to catch,” Shane reported. A small-eyed sphinx moth and white admiral butterfly were two more of the insects also identified. The event, held on June 28 and 29, brought together 50 world-class scientists to collect, identify and catalog over 1,000 separate species of plants, animals and insects.  Read more

Frolicking frogs at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a Frog Frolic program on Saturday, July 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
It will be held at PEEC’s ponds and streams. Learn about frogs, and gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy.
The cost is $5 per person. Call 570/ 828-2319 to register.

Hike to learn about Battle of Minisink

BARYVILLE, NY — Park Ranger Tim Oset will lead a guided walk through the Minisink Battleground Park on Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

Map and compass reading, an old-school skill

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. reconnect with a skill set that is rapidly disappearing. Morgan Outdoors is hosting a 90-minute course in Reading Map & Compass for adults.

Learn how to interpret a topographic map, to better understand the lay of the land, and use of a compass for navigation. These simple, increasingly forgotten skills are practical to know and help us reconnect with a world often overlooked in busy lives.  Read more

Grey Towers hike features geology, forests and history of Sawkill Gorge

MILFORD, PA — A hike that will showcase the forests, geology and history of the Sawkill Gorge is planned for Saturday, July 13, at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Reservations are required and group size is limited for this free, public hike.  Read more

Bear encounters

DAMASCUS, PA — Casey and Sally Halma of Beaver Lake in Damascus Township, PA stopped by The River Reporter offices last week wanting to share their photos of a peaceful encounter with a mother black bear and her two cubs. It happened on Friday, June 21 in early afternoon in their yard when the bear came right up to their porch steps. They saw her scratching in the grass where a bird feeder had spilled over.

“We didn’t even know the two cubs were there,” explained Casey, “until she stood up and scratched at the tree, and we saw two cubs climb down.”  Read more

Boating safety course offered

HAWLEY, PA — A basic boating safety course will be held Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. The presenter is Waterways Conservation Officer Bob Plumb of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).  Read more

River Sojourn luncheon

GREELEY, PA — Members and friends of The Lackawaxen River Conservancy (TLRC) who are not participating in the Lackawaxen River leg of the Delaware River Sojourn on Monday, June 24 are invited to join the sojourners at lunch at the Wicksnes property, on the Greeley side of the river just upstream from the Rowland Bridge.  Read more