Outdoors

PEEC hosts events in November

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 538 Emery Rd. will host a variety of events in November, starting with “Fire Building” on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Learn to make fire without matches by employing techniques that involve sparks and found or prepared tinder. For ages 10 and over.


TRR photo by Scott Rando

The lower of these two sub-adult bald eagles is R27, a New York radio-tagged eagle captured two years prior. New York State is also experiencing issues concerning lead toxicity in bald eagles. A 22-year study where 300 bald eagles were screened for lead has shown that about 17% had high levels of lead, high enough to be lethal.
 

PA Game Commission: Bald eagle lead poisoning on the rise

It’s mid-January in a conifer forest with a few clearings within. On the ground, at the edge of one of the clearings, sits an adult bald eagle. It’s not by choice the eagle is sitting on the ground; a few days back it started to experience awkwardness in flight.

A chance at fall spawners

For anglers living in central and western New York, fall is the time to fish tributaries of the Finger Lakes and the Great Lakes. This is the time of year when runs a pacific salmon, brown trout and land-locked Atlantic salmon begin their spawning migrations.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

This wood frog was resting under the leaf litter in my yard, where it will eventually overwinter. Due to their light tan coloration, wood frogs are well camouflaged by fallen foliage. An easily identifiable characteristic is the dark mask that stretches from the frog’s eye to just behind its eardrum.

Lurking in the leaf litter

While raking leaves in my yard recently, one suddenly leapt away from me. Similar in color to the foliage on the ground, the leaper turned out to be a wood frog, who probably didn’t appreciate my disruption. The truth is, most animals prefer their habitats to be ungroomed, and as unaltered from their natural state as possible.


Contributed photo

Saw-whet owl banding

CRESCO, PA — Join Northeast PA Audubon Society at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 27 to watch Darryl and Jackie Speicher of Pocono Avian Research Center as they capture, measure, and examine saw-whet owls.

Fall fun at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — There will be a Signs of Fall Hike at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Sunday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Guides will discuss changing animal behavior, why leaves change color, and why it’s the best season to be out and about. The cost is $5, and registration is required.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This monarch was caught by the camera in mid-flight after stopping for a rest as it checked out some goldenrod. This individual, like many others of its species, is on its way south to Mexico. Migration counts are still ongoing at hawk-counting sites, but the numbers are above average compared to the last three years.

Still time for fall butterflies

For those readers that have been following the monarch butterflies through the summer, you have probably been encouraged by the number of monarchs seen compared to the previous few years. In the August 16 issue, I did a River Talk column on the increase in monarch sightings, and that trend seems to have continued.

The Delaware in October

This is one of my favorite months to fly fish the Delaware River and its branches. The mountains are lit up with color, and it is very pleasant time to spend a day in the outdoors. The autumn is also a time when many outdoorsmen are torn among multiple activities, so our rivers have little pressure.

Hope Farm cuts the ribbon

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY — On Tuesday, September 26, New Hope Community and SUNY Sullivan held a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the official designation of Hope Farm, a planned organic farm created in collaboration between New Hope Community and SUNY Sullivan.

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