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NARROWSBURG, NY — Joanne Letendre sent us these photos and gave us the story of how she captured them: “Sitting in our living room one day, we saw these big birds fly by, followed by the sound of hooting back and forth. Knowing that there was a tree near our house with a hole in it, I decided to go and check it out. Well, there, perched on the edge of the hole, was the owl. A few weeks later I checked the hole again and there was a young one sitting there watching me. What a beautiful sight!”

‘Smart Landscaping’

HONESDALE, PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) and the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society are co-sponsoring a free seminar titled “Smart Landscaping: How Landscaping Can Save Energy.” on Tuesday April 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wayne County Conservation District office, located in the Park Street Complex, 648 Park St.  Read more

New York Nut Growers Association meets

LIBERTY, NY—The New York Nut Growers Association (NYNGA) will hold its spring meeting on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) Master Gardener Volunteer Program will host this group at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Repairing the Delaware Aqueduct

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — A presentation by Adam Bosch from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on the repairs to the Delaware Aqueduct will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 noon. Built between 1937 and 1944, the 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct carries water from the Rondout Reservoir to New York City, and is the longest continuous tunnel in the world. It is currently under repair for leakage.  Read more

A garden project in Highland

ELDRED, NY — A school and community project to create a garden of native flowers and plants in front of the Eldred Central School’s (ECS) junior/senior campus is under way. It began with the donation of a single spruce tree from the Eldred High School class of 2013. Then, last fall, a group of dedicated volunteers worked to expand the project by removing the sod with the intent to develop the entire area as a garden that all could enjoy. A site plan has been developed, and the volunteers are seeking grants for the project.  Read more

Community garden seeking gardeners

DAMASCUS, PA — The Galilee Community Garden opens Memorial Day Weekend for its second growing season for any who wish to garden organically. Ten-by-ten-foot plots are currently available and can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The garden is on the grounds of the Unity Grange at 544 Galilee Rd. Both experienced and beginning gardeners are invited to apply.

Gardeners are asked to agree to practice organic gardening methods and not use chemicals on their plots. A vegetable plant exchange will be held on Saturday, May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the garden.  Read more

Foods of the Delaware

HAWLEY, PA — Celebrate the unique Upper Delaware River and Catskill Mountains region with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) at the eighth annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala on May 2 at 5 p.m. at The Settlers Inn.

The event features a four-course farm-to-table dinner. The evening begins with a wine tasting and silent auction at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. A live auction and raffles cap the celebration during dessert. Gala tickets cost $125 per person, which includes a $75 charitable gift to the conservancy.  Read more

CFFCM holds trout season opener

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will host a Catskill Legends dinner in the Wulff Gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Honorees are local flytyer and fly-fishing shop owner Frank Kuttner along with (deceased) Catskill artist and conservationist, Francis Davis, and Theodore Gordon’s friend, Albert E. (AE) Hendrickson and his nephew Sam Hendrickson, the well-known Catskill River conservationist.  Read more

River Road closure protects breeding amphibians

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced last week that motorists can expect River Road to be closed for several nights over the next few weeks to protect breeding amphibians. Since 2003, the National Park Service has taken steps to protect migrating amphibians by closing River Road in Middle Smithfield Township between park headquarters and the park boundary just north of Shawnee on several rainy spring nights.  Read more

Bee basics

LIBERTY, NY — The Vital Farm will host “Bee Basics: Warré ‘The Peoples’ Hive’ Building Workshop” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The cost is free to $30 on a sliding scale. The course is perfect for those considering taking the step to beekeeping or veteran beekeepers ready for a more sustainable, low-effort option.  Read more

Walk about and wonder at Lacawac

HAWLEY, PA — Join Jenna Mauder, environmental educator, on an easy-paced walk to the historic Watres Lodge and Lake Lacawac on Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Meet at the Coulter Visitor’s Center for introductions and venture down the Great Camp Trail, identifying signs of spring and animal presence at Lacawac. Lacawac Sanctuary’s property is 545 acres, which includes the near pristine glacial Lake Lacawac (a National Nature Landmark) and its watershed, bogs, forests with hiking trails and a Great Camp listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Read more

Women and Their Woods

MILFORD, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and Women and Their Woods graduates, friends and professionals for presentations, networking opportunities and hands-on field demonstrations on April 25 and 26.

Saturday activities are open to women forest landowners (or aspiring landowners) and include:

A guided tour of the Grey Towers mansion and history of Gifford and Cornelia Pinchot’s work in conservation

“Threats to the Forest” presentation by Dr. Beth Brantley, Penn State – Mont Alto

Networking with program leaders and participants from across the region  Read more

Park plans for next century

BUSHKILL, PA — Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the National Park Service (NPS) will commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2016. Special events and programs are being planned to celebrate the anniversaries and will be announced soon at www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/events.htm.  Read more

Self-guided maple tour

WAYNE COUNTY, PA — The 2015 Self-Guided Maple Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Read more

Have a PEEC weekend

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has several events planned for the coming weekend. The Sugar Shack Scramble will be held on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Take an orienteering expedition to the Two Sap Sugar Shack. Use a map and compass to reach the sugar shack and then enjoy hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh maple syrup. Sign up for a 9 or 9:30 a.m. start time. Space is limited. Pre-registration is requested. Cost is $10.  Read more

‘Food for Thought’ Learn about growing, selling—and eating—local food

HONESDALE, PA — The annual Food for Thought series, sponsored by local members of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), returns to the Wayne County Public Library (WCPL) in March. This series is appropriate for everyone from the beginning to advanced farmer/gardener, or anyone interested in the food they eat. Each session is free and open to the public, and will take place from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on the second floor of the library.  Read more

Mountainkeeper seeks to enhance Trailkeeper site

REGION — Catskill Mountainkeeper (CMK) has begun an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign to enhance the Trailkeeper.org site, a resource for all things trail and hiking-related in Sullivan County.  Read more

Attend an environmental careers camp

PENNSYLVANIA — Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) summer residential camp. The deadline for applications is April 5.  Read more

Bashakill birds in all seasons

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to Morgan Outdoors, 46 Main St., for “Birds of the Bashakill,” a presentation by Sullivan County Audubon member Lance Verderame, on Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m. The program offers a season-by-season account of the incredible bird life of the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, located near Wurtsboro, the largest freshwater marsh in southern New York State. Lance will explore why this is one of the premier birding locations in the state and the best in Sullivan County.  Read more

Take a trip to the flower show

HONESDALE, PA — The Women’s Club of Honesdale is sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on Tuesday, March 3. The cost is $63, which includes bus and admission ticket.

The bus will leave Dave’s Super Duper parking lot in Honesdale at 7:30 a.m. It will lerave Hamlin (the parking lot behind McDonald’s) at 7:45 am.

The bus will leave Philadelphia for the return trip home at 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call Joan Green at 570/253-3625, or mail a check to Green at 599 Bethany Tpk., Honesdale, PA 18431.

Learn about outdoor winter activities

PORT JERVIS, NY — Mike Medley, outdoor educator for the Bashakill Area Association (BKAA), will reveal two popular ways to have fun during the winter snow season in a program given at The Hub at the Port Jervis Free Library on Saturday, February 14, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.  Read more