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December 28, 2014
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REGION — The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on December 20th. All are invited to join.

Catskill streams to receive post-storm repair

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its county partners in the stream management program recently announced the start of several important stream-restoration projects across the Catskills, focusing specifically on streams that suffered damage two years ago during tropical storms Irene and Lee. The more than $9 million in work will improve water quality and protect communities by stabilizing stream banks, reconnecting streams to their floodplains, and installing other upgrades related to infrastructure protection and drainage.  Read more

New hiking trail opens at Pepacton Reservoir

ANDES, NY — A new hiking trail has opened on New York City (NYC) property near the Pepacton Reservoir, thanks to a partnership between the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and local volunteers of the Catskill Mountain Club.

A sign marks the beginning of the 5.3-mile round-trip hiking trail, which will be known as the Shavertown Trail. The trailhead is located just off Route 30, across from the Shavertown Bridge Boat Launch on the Pepacton Reservoir in the Town of Andes.  Read more

Homegrown anglers make PA tops in fishing contest

HARRISBURG, PA — For the third consecutive year since the start of Cabela’s nationwide “Fish for Millions” tagged-fish contest, Pennsylvania was the top state for angler participation. More than 71,000 registered anglers took part nationally, and more than 9,000 of them came from Pennsylvania. More than 1,500 tagged fish were available in 22 states where the contest was held; of those, 313 tagged fish were caught for a total of more than $250,000 in prizes being awarded.  Read more

Forest stewardship field day: Tree Identification Workshop

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for its Tree Identification Workshop on Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the conservancy’s office in Bethel.  Read more

DEC seeks to thin deer herd in parts of Catskills

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has increased Deer Management Permits (DMPs, or “doe tags”) statewide by about 18% for the approaching deer hunting season.

Here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, DEC’s Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 3M, which includes parts of Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties and covers nearly 750 square miles, is one of the state’s WMUs that needs substantial deer population reduction.  Read more

PPL donates to Lacawac Sanctuary

PAUPACK TOWNSHIP, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary recently received a $2,500 donation from Pennsylvania Power & Light (PPL), continuing the utility’s support for Lacawac’s involvement with preservation, education and research. The purpose of the gift is to pay for ongoing enhancements to Lacawac Sanctuary.  Read more

First annual Herd the Curd 5k Run/Walk

HONESDALE, PA — The families of Calkins Creamery will hold the inaugural Herd the Curd 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, August 31 at Highland Farm, 288 Calkins Rd. The race begins at 9 a.m. with registration open at 7:30 a.m. Participants will run or walk through a 3.1 mile scenic race course on the farm. Herd the Curd 5K participants will receive Calkins Creamery cheese samples and Fox Ledge Spring Water following the race, with prizes award in various age divisions, male and female. The registration fee is $30.  Read more

Hunter training

LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — The Red Fox Game Preserve will present a hunters’ training class on Saturday, September 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, September 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake Huntington Firehouse. Preregistration is required. Sign up and receive a training manual at Cochecton Mills, 30 Depot Rd., Cochecton from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or 7 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays. For more class information, call 631/968-8210.

Lawsuit seeks Sunday hunting in PA

HARRISBURG, PA — Hunters United for Sunday Hunting has officially filed a lawsuit in federal court in Harrisburg seeking to overturn Pennsylvania’s prohibition against Sunday hunting. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is the defendant.  Read more

Enjoy the outdoors with a hike on the Damascus Forest Trail

BEACH LAKE, PA — Join National Park Service Ranger Katherine Szupillo on a hike on the Damascus Forest Trail on Saturday, August 24. This easy two-mile hike will explore all that is to be found in the forests of northeastern Pennsylvania. The hike will begin at the Damascus Forest Trailhead at 10:30 a.m. The trailhead is located on MacCubbins Road, Beach Lake. Come enjoy and explore the outdoors, but be prepared with plenty of water, bug spray, and be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots.  Read more

Wally Lake Fest this weekend

HAWLEY, PA — Wally Lake Fest will be held this weekend from August 23 to 25.

Among the many events is the Boat Parade, taking place on Saturday, August 24 at 4 p.m. Participants enter their boat to win prizes for “best dressed. Registration is free and anyone interested in entering should call 570/226-4518. Spectators can watch as the boats parade around the lake. It starts at Sunny Point Cove and ends in front of the judge’s platform at the Tafton Dike.  Read more

Wally Fest welcomes outdoor adventurers

Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to an abundance of activities during the three days of Wally Lake Fest, an annual event that celebrates Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding lake region from August 23 to 25. There will be something for everyone at every skill level, from bike riding to free sailboat rides, from kicking back and enjoying a boat parade or a sailboat race to shopping or browsing in an open-air market, to listening to live music on the lake (the bands will perform on a floating stage).  Read more

Perseids about to put on a show

Every August, Mother Nature provides a meteoric display in the skies in the form of the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks in the early morning hours of August 12. Many stargazers consider the Perseids the best meteor shower of the year, in part because of the warm temperatures, ideal for star gazing, and the fact that many are on vacation, spending time in the great outdoors.  Read more

Fish and Boat Commission to consider crayfish ban

HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PF&BC) is considering a ban on fishermen using crayfish as bait because of the harm exotic, non-native crayfish pose to native crayfish and their local ecosystems.

Several popular fisheries in PA already have reportedly seen their natural food chains irreversibly altered, according to David Lieb, invertebrate zoologist with the PF&BC, speaking at the July meeting of the board of commissioners.  Read more

All tied up in knots

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host two “Knots for Hiking and Camping” classes on Saturday, August 10, where adventurers of all ages will have a chance to gain knot-tying skills.

The hour-long children’s class runs from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and is geared for kids age nine and up. They will learn several of the key knots useful in camping and hiking, from making a loop to a taut-line hitch. The class for adults runs from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and will cover additional knots useful in everyday life, like the trucker’s hitch, which is great for cinching down loads on top of a car.  Read more

Festival to celebrate fly fishing

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will present Summerfest, with its Anglers Market, Hardy Cup, Canvas Paint Out, Jubilee Day and more 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

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.