Outdoors


TRR photos by Sandy Long

This dead tree serves as a smorgasbord for bird species such as woodpeckers, which have been feasting on insects that have also gained sustenance from it. 

Taking down the tree

For many of us at this time of year, the phrase “taking down the tree” refers to an activity we’ll find ourselves engaged in when the holiday season winds down.


TRR photo by Jane Bollinger

This is Sydney, the tame ruffed grouse that has been frequenting Jane Bollinger’s driveway and yard. When Jane took this picture, the grouse was about two feet away. One idea is that these “tame” grouse are hyper-territorial. Some of these grouse will peck your hand if you get it too close.

Sydney the grouse

The memories of ruffed grouse are usually of one or two birds at a time flushing suddenly from their hide and disappearing rapidly between the trees of the forest in a flourish of noisy wing beats. Hunters and other people who frequent the ruffed grouse’s habitat will say that the grouse is one of the most secretive birds in the woods.


Photo by Andy Smith

“Rapids on the Mongaup in the Fall,” by Andy Smith. The photo can be seen in color at www.riverreporter.com or www.nj.gov/drbc/basin/photo/photo-contest.html.
 

DRBC photo contest winner announced

WEST TRENTON, N.J. — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has announced that Andy Smith’s “Rapids on the Mongaup in the Fall” entry was chosen as the winner of the commission’s Fall 2017 Photo Contest. Seventy photographs were submitted by 21 individuals for the contest.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Our great niece, Sophia Gromalski and our new puppy, Raven enjoyed a recent hike at Shohola Recreation Area despite the chilly day. Children and canine family members can all benefit from adventures outside. Give your favorite young ones the gift of greater outdoor time together this holiday season. You will find yourself gifted with a healthier holiday season rich with priceless memories of your shared outdoor adventures.

"Opting out" with the kids

The holiday season is in full swing, and while that’s mostly a wonderful thing, our appetites for overconsumption can lead us astray at times.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This male turkey is very prominent in the sunlight with hints of blue in its iridescent plumage and red head and neck area. This male has a beard from its breast; a turkey’s beard grows about three to five inches per year, but starts wearing down as it gets longer due to the end dragging on the ground during feeding.

Turkeys: history and status

I usually take a hike through some nearby forest first thing in the morning when home, about a mile or so if the weather is not too severe. Most mornings over the last two weeks I have been hearing a flock of wild turkeys around the same spot. There is a field where they like to browse for food, and where there are many oak trees nearby.


File photo

A winter view from ECCE Bed & Breakfast in Barryville.

The River Unites Us

Bryan Cope is open space coordinator for Northampton County, PA and the chair of the Scenic Wild Delaware River (SWDR) Stewardship Council. This is one of a series of columns focused on the SWDR Geotourism Project, one of only 23 geotourism programs created by National Geographic worldwide.

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