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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!”

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

Museum hosts water supply field trips

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY — The Time and the Valleys Museum now hosts a new field trip on water and the history of New York City’s water supply system, available to all schools.  Read more

Mentored youth fishing days, trout stocking schedules announced

PENNSYLVANIA — In response to requests for more fishing opportunities, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) recently expanded the Mentored Youth Trout Days program to include all trout waters stocked by the PFBC and managed under commonwealth inland regulations, which substantially increased the number of waters open to the program. The Mentored Youth Trout Day for the 139th legislative district (covering parts of Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties) will be held on April 11, the Saturday before the statewide opening day of trout season.  Read more

Learn to grow microgreens

LIBERTY, NY — Microgreens are young, nutritious seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs that are harvested and eaten in less than 14 days. A workshop titled “Growing Microgreens at Home” will be offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) on Thursday, February 19. It will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at CCESC’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

Ice fishing in Loch Sheldrake

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — The Loch Sheldrake Fire Department (LSFD) will host its annual ice fishing contest on Saturday, February 7 on the Loch Sheldrake Lake. Registration opens at 5:30 a.m., and the contest closes at 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded in various categories including most fish caught, biggest lunker and more.  Read more

Pheasant-raising opportunity

LIBERTY, NY — Youth interested in participating in the annual Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)’s Day-Old Pheasant Raise & Release program have the unique opportunity to experience rearing pheasants and releasing them into the wild. Orders can be placed until Wednesday, March 11 through the 4-H Youth Development Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC), located at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd.  Read more

College internships available at Grey Towers

MILFORD, PA — Applications currently are being accepted for a number of different internships at Grey Towers National Historic Site. College students who are interested in natural resource conservation, history, art, gardening, landscape architecture, forestry, museum services and recreational or visitor services, such as tour guides, are encouraged to apply.  Read more

Backyard series continues with chickens

PORT JERVIS, NY — The Public Computer Center (The Hub) at the Port Jervis Free Library will continue its popular backyard series of programs in January and February. These are designed for those interested in using their own backyards to produce delicious, healthy food and have fun doing it. The first class will be Raising Chickens for Eggs and Fun, on Thursday, January 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Read more

Environmental scholarship available

REGION — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is currently accepting applications from eligible high school seniors for the Delaware Highlands Conservancy/Yeaman Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. The scholarship has been awarded annually since 2004 to a student planning to pursue a field in environmental studies in college.  Read more

Farmers’ market to continue at Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA —The Cooperage Farmers’ Market, located inside The Cooperage at 1030 Main St., will continue running through the winter every other Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The next market will be on January 24. Future dates will be February 7, 14 and 28; and March 14 and 28.  Read more

Audubon announces scholarship

NORTHEAST PA — Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society is currently accepting applications for its annual $4,000 college scholarship, available to students who wish to pursue a career in an environmental field such as forestry; natural resources; environmental planning; environmental engineering; fish, game, or wildlife management; ecology and/or environmental science.  Read more

Family skiing at Holiday Mountain

LIBERTY, NY — The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department is now open for registration for family skiing, snowboarding and tubing at Holiday Mountain. Only Town of Liberty residents are eligible.

Skiing and snowboarding will take place on Sundays through March 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A lift ticket costs $13 per person; rentals cost $13 per person; group lessons cost $20 per person; and snowboard rental costs $20 per person. Snow tubing will also take place on Sundays through March 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and costs $14 per person.  Read more

Winter critters at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a series of entertainments planned. On Saturday, January 24 from 1 to 3 p.m., a new series for three- to six-year-olds will kick off with “Little Eco Explorers: Black Bears.” The new program will feature a story, craft and activity focusing on a particular critter—in this case, obviously, bears. The cost is $5 per child.  Read more

Eagle watching

LACKAWAXEN, PA AND BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and its partners will hold a series of eagle-watching events all winter long in Pennsylvania and New York, including guided bus tours, the second annual Eagle Day at the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center and more.

Bus tours  Read more

PA discounts fishing licenses

PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) has a special holiday value for the 2015 fishing season. For the first time in the commission’s history, the prices of fishing licenses are being reduced. Throughout the month of December, anglers who buy a three-year or five-year multi-year fishing license will receive $3 and $5 off their license purchase. But this deal is only good through the month of December.  Read more

New Year’s Day snowshoe outing

LIBERTY, NY — Catskill Mountainkeeper invites you to start off your New Year on the right foot with an afternoon of snowshoeing through Walnut Mountain Park, followed by an opportunity to warm your toes with good company, hot chocolate and a bonfire. The hike through the 265-acre park will be fully guided. The outdoor bonfire with winter treats will take place at Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast, located just around the corner on Old Loomis Road. It will take place on Thursday, January 1 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Read more