REGION — Wednesday, January 31 will mark an extremely uncommon event—one that happens, literally, less than once in a blue moon. It will indeed be a blue moon, that is, the second full moon of the month, in itself a rarity—hence the "once in a blue moon" saying.
The other day I came upon a wonderful thing in my driveway. It lay in a tousled clump and resembled a shaggy rag. Bending to retrieve it, I discovered a beautiful gift from the natural world—the slightly weathered remains of a bald-faced hornet nest that had broken free from a nearby tree.
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 583 Emery Rd., will give you an opportunity to view eagles this Saturday, followed by animal tracking this Sunday. Registration is required for both programs.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will host its 13th annual Fly Fest in the Wulff Gallery on Saturday, February 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 10 was my designated day to perform my part of the New York State Mid-winter Eagle Survey. The target day for New York has usually coincided with the “fly day” (or days), when the aerial portion of the survey was flown.
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Rd., will offer a free opportunity to learn the basics of snow shoes and enjoy a winter walk along the McDade Trail on Saturday, January 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. No experience is necessary; equipment will be provided.
Now that we’ve added a new term to our vocabularies and weathered the wild winds and brutal temperatures of the past week and its “bomb cyclone,” it’s time to reflect on the awe-inspiring survival strategies of our backyard birds and the role we can play in their welfare.
The recent polar vortex had its grip on the Upper Delaware River and the entire region. Most of our rivers are now iced in, and fly fishing is out of the question without distant travel. It will be a long time before we wade again and scan the Delaware’s pools for rising trout.
LIBERTY, NY — Property owners and municipalities can learn proper identification and management techniques for invasive species with hands-on activities on Wednesday, February 7. The class will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m.
If asked about winter raptor watching, the first thing that would pop into mind is eagles. This region is one of the favorite wintering habitats for Canadian bald eagles in the Northeast, and that’s not counting the ever increasing number of resident bald eagles that stay in the area year-round.