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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.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Finding fall foliage

Fall foliage season in the state of Pennsylvania is a spectacular thing to experience. With more than 17 million acres of forested land throughout the state, there are abundant opportunities to enjoy the trees, brush, berries and vines that contribute to this deeply satisfying sensory treasure.

Fly Fishing Hall of Fame dinner

ROSCOE and CALLICOON, NY — The 2017 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Ceremony and Recognition Dinner will take place on Saturday, October 7. The induction ceremony and reception will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) to honor the 2017 Class: Vernon S.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This close-flying broad-winged hawk allowed us to get a good look. Broad-winged hawks are smaller than red-tailed hawks; they also feed on small mammals. In flight, the barred tails are very evident as well as the dark fringe on the trailing edges of the wings.

The flight of the broad-winged hawks

If you have been in or near the woods during this past summer, you may have heard a high-pitched single-note whistle. It is piercing and carries a fairly long distance, even through the forest. Occasionally, you may have spotted a stubby-winged hawk, appearing somewhat like a miniature red-tailed hawk, sounding this call.

A Catskill fall

It seems like just the other day that we were grumbling about a late spring, cold water temperatures, high flows and lack of rising trout, and here we are, in September. One has to wonder where May, June, July and August went.

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