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.
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.
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 …
Wednesday, July 20
If you have spent time outdoors in the Upper Delaware River region, it’s very likely that you have seen many gray squirrels, as well as some red, black and fox squirrels. It is less likely that you have encountered flying squirrels, due to the fact that they are nocturnal and primarily arboreal, living most of their lives unobserved in the forest canopy.
Wednesday, June 29
Most people have witnessed it at one time or another. A small bird dives at another, larger bird. Or perhaps a lot of smaller birds vocalize in the same tree in which a larger bird happens to be …
Wednesday, June 22
While walking on a forested footpath in Pike County, PA recently, I nearly stepped on a fawn lying quietly among leaf litter and emerging ferns. The dappled light and the fawn’s cinnamon-colored fur pocked with white spots merged to create the perfect camouflage for the tiny white-tailed deer fawn to remain unobserved as I passed by, oblivious to its silent presence.
Tuesday, June 14
On both sides of the river in our region, there are timber rattlesnakes that occupy suitable habitats. They are not common; for that reason, they are protected to some degree, depending on the state. The state of New York lists them as threatened. The state of PA de-listed them several years back, but they are a species of special concern.
Wednesday, June 1
If you live near trees or forest land, you may have seen tiny black caterpillars last spring around the middle of May, gradually getting larger as the month ended. When tiny, they were all dark, and people asked, “What are they?”
Wednesday, May 25
When in bloom, one of the more easily identifiable native plants to be found in the Upper Delaware River region is “Jack-in-the-pulpit” (Arisaema triphyllum), a delightful spring …
Tuesday, May 17
If you happen to see a bald eagle nest while paddling the river or from across the lake, you will probably first notice the size. They are massive nests constructed of sticks.