Outdoors

TRR photos by Scott Rando

The raptors of autumn

With the arrival of colder autumn weather comes the honking of skeins of high-flying geese as they pass overhead. Not only geese are on the move, but a myriad of species of waterfowl make their way south for more favorable habitats. Many songbirds, too, are on the move south; some will winter as far as the South American continent.

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Eagle watch training

LACKAWAXEN, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold an Eagle Watch Volunteer Training Day on December 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. New volunteers will meet at the Upper Delaware Visitor Center, 176 Scenic Dr. at 9 a.m. Then, new and existing volunteers will gather next door at the Inn at Lackawaxen from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

TRR photos by Sandy Long

Take to the trails

While talking with an acquaintance at a recent gathering, the topic of trails came up. George lives in a 500-acre community where a series of trails weave through a large forested area protected from development.

TRR photos by Scott Rando

Indian Summer pollinators

October is all but behind us, and the falling leaves tell of the upcoming colder weather on the way. However it is also the tail end of Indian Summer, when mild days bring out some late-season insect life and even some last-minute reptiles and amphibians. 

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Actions speak louder than words

In my last column, “On Water,” I wrote about the organizations that serve as water guardians and advocates. Environmental institutions may have a great mission statement or structure, but they still need grass-roots’ support and boots on the ground. It always comes down to individuals and “What can I do? How can I help?”

Autumn Star Watch

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and local astronomer John Kocijanski for a free Star Watch program on Friday, October 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at its Bethel office. Watch the stars and planets, observe deep sky objects, and learn how to locate the constellations.

Photo by Mark Loete

Photos of fishing flies at CFFCM

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — “Catskill Fly Tying, the Art of Artifice,” an exhibit of the work of photographer Mark Loete, will be shown in the Wulff Gallery of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) from October 17 to November 30. There will be a reception on Saturday, October 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

TRR photos by Scott Rando

Opportunistic wildlife viewing

How many times have you gone on a bird walk and happened across an otter, bear, or other animal that was not on the day’s agenda of expected wildlife to see. You might be in a bird blind and all of a sudden, a bobcat walks across a game trail in front of the blind (and too close to focus with your long birding lens).

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