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When I was a fisheries biologist, actually conducting  stream surveys, it was not uncommon for members of the local sportsmen’s clubs to question some of our management policies and regulations. One of the questions I was confronted with the most had to do with the numbers and sizes of trout, or the lack thereof, in the streams we were managing.  more
Most of us have been out in the woods at one time or another, and spotted a snake or two. Maybe a couple of those snakes were black in color, and if we were lucky, they stayed still long enough for us to get a good look at them. We could have even spotted one of these so-called black snakes climbing up the trunk of a tree or the side of a building. more
UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — The 34th annual family raft trip, organized by the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), attracted 51 guests on August 7. People paddled a scenic five-mile stretch of the Upper … more
PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Wednesday, September 21, Eldred, NY resident and Columbia University professor emeritus Peter Kolesar will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Water Resources … more
Note: For all the rain we received recently, as of September 10, most of our region is still abnormally dry or in a moderate drought, according to www.drought.gov/states/new-york. Tony Bonavist, who … more
So everyone knows about the tooth fairy: you put a tooth under your pillow and you might get a quarter in the morning. Well, did you know there is another fairy out there? more
In my last River Talk column, I wrote about opting to take a break from the pressures of our busy lives and gain the perspective that stillness and rest can bring. Now that we’ve all done so (or soon will!) I invite our readers to take advantage of fresh opportunities to opt outside for some timely recreational activities that provide connection with the healing forces of nature. more
Some of us might have run into one or more timber rattlesnakes while hiking on trails over the course of the summer. more
It happens every year at this time, right aound the beginning of August. That’s when the first monarch butterflies show up at camp. They float along on the warm afternoon breeze, looking for a last bloom with a bit of nectar, in order to refuel before they undertake the long journey that will eventually lead to Mexico. At least it will for those that survive that arduous and difficult trip. more
he Commonwealth Drought Task Force declared a drought watch on August 31 for 36 Pennsylvania counties and asked for voluntary water conservation in those counties. more
I had the opportunity to sit by the sea recently, something I haven’t done for several years. And although my memories of previous trips to the ocean are filled with satisfying and soothing … more
The sun rises over a misty valley setting, bugs flitting around. A hazy dew dampens the already warm pastures and the fields of vegetables adorned in unhindered weeds. The rooster is crowing from the … more
During the second week of August, the Ten Mile River Scout Camps Alumni Association held a reunion for past campers, leaders and other people involved with the camp. This year’s get-together was named “TMR95,” as it has been 95 years since Franklin D. Roosevelt, chairman of the Greater New York Councils—Boy Scouts of America (GNYCBSA), first took the initial steps in founding the camp in 1927. more
I don’t know exactly when I met Bert Darrow, other than to say it had to be sometime in the very late 1960s or very early ‘70s. more
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — A ground-nesting bee family—commonly known as miner bees—could play a heightened role in rebuilding black cherry populations in Pennsylvania and beyond, according to Penn State entomologists who investigated the problems with the trees. more
My sons enjoy a book that I read at least once a week to them. It’s titled “The Beeman,” and it’s by Laurie Krebs. My favorite part is the opening page, which quotes a poem written by Aileen Fisher. more
A slug is not a bee. But you knew that. In fact, most of us know a lot more about bees these days than we ever did, before their well-beeing became threatened by a host of things, ranging from insecticides to disease. Now that we have a better understanding of the important roles that bees play in our own lives, our concern for their welfare has increased. more
The plight of the monarch butterfly has been well known for many years. The butterflies have lost their wintering forested habitat due to timber harvesting in Mexico, and lost their milkweed habitat … more
One does not hear a lot of talk about the midsummer emergence of our tiniest of mayflies, the diminutive species we commonly call tricos. At least I don’t. Is that because I’m just so far … more
Another anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music and Art Fair is on the horizon. more
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