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When we think of bumblebees, we think of them as common; indeed, they are frequent visitors to gardens and fields of wildflowers alike. It’s hard to not see bumblebees during a walk on a trail … more
It’s subtle at first. Fall actually begins not on September 22, but in July, when the first poplar leaves fall and cover the ground like large brown potato chips. They crunch underfoot as we … more
Driving or walking around the Upper Delaware River region at this time of year is a rich and nourishing feast for the senses as foliage and fruits ripen. Make time to harvest this sumptuous banquet … more
The way out here can often have the illusion of perpetual sunshine-filled days and one harvest after another. But just like everywhere else, the grey clouds roll through here as well, both literally … more
In the September 8 Rivertalk column, I had written about the appearance of the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) and how it was appearing sporadically in Pike County, with single sightings in a … more
While it may not be obvious, it’s important for anglers to be aware that there is a difference between hatchery brown trout and wild brown trout when it comes to the way they feed. The … more
Nestled into mats of sphagnum moss, or clinging to old stumps protruding from boggy swamps and marshes in the Upper Delaware River region, are delicate carnivorous plants sometimes referred to as … more
Let’s talk about the weather. No, this isn’t small talk. But honestly, what a strange summer it’s been. Although according to my desk calendar, fall officially started this past … more
In the wild, there are not a lot of species that start rearing young during this part of the year. In barely a month or less, we could have our first frost. A lot of migratory birds are heading back … more
With summer on the wane, and fall just a few short weeks, away, the little blue-winged olive mayfly hatches are beginning in earnest on most Catskill rivers. I actually saw the first emergence in … more
Sadly—and strangely—I recently came upon two immature broad-winged hawks, approximately a week apart, that died from collisions with vehicles along Route 6 in Pike County, Pennsylvania. … more
After a week of watching too much of the national news, I had the strongest need to use my own media soapbox to talk to you, my readers, about something far more edifying. Babies. I don’t … more
Spotted lanternflies have been in the news of late. They have been slowly but surely expanding their way northward and are now appearing in southern areas of the region. According to the New York … more
I’ve taken considerable pride in my ability to make fishing rods. By “make,” I don’t mean actually making the rod blank itself, but making the cork grips, installing reel … more
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – As with a lot of life forms on this planet, it all starts, from humans to trout, with an egg and a sperm. On Tuesday, August 24, the fisheries folks at the New York … more
Trees are wonderful for many reasons, ranging from aesthetic to functional to mysterious. One of the more tantalizing trees is the hawthorn, valued for its unusual attributes and the folklore … more
August is a month for making memories. School starts back up and parents document the first days with admittedly more glee than their young academicians. The final days of summer are celebrated … more
Since May of this year, some states, including NJ and PA in our region, have experienced a bird mortality event affecting young songbirds (nestlings and fledglings). A recent press release by the New … more
As most of you know, if you have followed this column since its inception, I’ve a been a big fan of the Rusty Spinner dry fly. In fact, I wrote a column about the fly for the June 15 edition … more
Do you know how to tell a frog from a toad? Many of us mistake one for the other. While both are amphibians, once you have the details on how to distinguish these compelling critters, as well as … more
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