Outdoors

Local team wins sporting clays event

PHOTO PROVIDED The team from Southern Clinton Co. Sportsman’s Club recently won the fifth annual Wounded Warriors Endurance Sporting Clays event held Oct. 6 at Warriors Mark Shooting Club in Houtzdale. There were 54 teams entered and $95,000 was raised and presented to the Wounded Warriors ...

The heart of Pennsylvania’s fall seasons nearly here

Through 80-degree temperatures, mid-October might have snuck up on many Pennsylvanians. But prime time for Pennsylvania hunting is upon us. While hunting opportunities exist throughout the year in Pennsylvania, and some fall hunting seasons already are underway, the majority of seasons are ...

Insects can be our friends too

Recently I ran across an article explaining why the tick problem is so rampant, especially in the eastern part of the state. Do you know who is to blame? Humans! It is due to the decrease in the population of the timber rattlesnake caused by human encroachment. Yes, I am serious. Think about ...

Statewide archery season begins Saturday

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season begins Saturday, Sept. 29, and its return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful reminders. Archers statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer from Sept. 29 to Nov. 12, and during the late ...

LOCAL OUTDOOR BRIEFS

Forest walk planned Oct. 7 in Hyner HYNER — The Sproul State Forest Walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, with participants meeting at 10 a.m. at Donut Hole Trailhead, Hyner Run State Park. The walk is 4.7 miles and is a moderately strenuous family hike. People friendly pets are ...

“Long as I remember, the rain been comin’ down.”

That familiar first line of a song from long ago keeps running through my head, because it sure has been a rainy summer. The floods, Hurricane Florence, and all this rain made me start thinking about my adventures involving “rain” while growing up. Like when a dreary rainy day meant ...

Fierce looking but harmless

A walk in the landscape can be a relaxing endeavor as one gets to look at the colors, shapes, and textures of surrounding plants. But there are a few things that lurk within the area that can cause fright. Some of the more “jump out of your skin” moments are the encounters with snakes and ...

Local Trout Unlimited receives donation for youth fishing program

LOCK HAVEN —The Lloyd Wilson Chapter of Trout Unlimited has received a donation of four Angler II fly rods from L.L. Bean to teach fly fishing to youth/veterans in our area. Volunteers from the chapter have been teaching fly casting to groups of young people for several years with borrowed ...

Rare virus detected in mosquito for first time this season

LAKEVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say a mosquito has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis for the first time this year. The state Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Wednesday the virus was detected in a mosquito collected Sept. 17 in Lakeville ...

USDA measures bee losses and more

HARRISBURG – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will collect information about colony loss in the honey industry and pollination costs throughout the United States. The quarterly colony loss survey will be conducted this month and next. It ...

Weather doesn’t hamper Bald Eagle Park clean up

From staff reports HOWARD — Results of the Keep Centre County Beautiful (KCCP) Intercoastal Clean Up event on Sept. 8 were impressive, considering DCNR’s Bald Eagle State Park’s 1,730-acre lake is surrounded by miles of forested shoreline, according to KCCP’s Director Rod Fye. ...

McReas have the Garden of Month

PHOTO PROVIDED The September winners of Dogwood Circle’s Garden of the Month Award are Christine and Wayne McRea, 302 Cedar Lane, Mill Hall. Their gardens are neat and colorful with a mix of annuals, perennials and shrubs. Big colorful pots of dusty miller, dahlias, bacopa and calibrachoa ...

Elk online streaming goes live

Each September, thousands of visitors make their way to Pennsylvania’s elk country to experience for themselves the wonder of the bugling season. And while there’s nothing quite like seeing a giant bull up close, or feeling your rib cage resonate as it lets loose an ear-splitting bugle, ...

Register now for free family fishing event

BELLEFONTE – Come fish with us! The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is offering a free “Fish With A Waterways Conservation Officer – Family Fishing Event” Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PFBC’s Bellefonte Hatchery Ponds, 1115 Spring Creek Road. PFBC ...

Benninghoff to host conservation expo

PLEASANT GAP — State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Bellefonte) will host an Outdoor and Conservation Expo on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology. At the expo, outdoor enthusiasts will hear the latest about the issues impacting ...

BIRD WATCHERS

September is a time of changes. The weather transitions from the hot days of summer to the cool nights of autumn. Students are beginning a new school year. I’ll be returning for another season as the counter at the Ashland Hawk Watch in Delaware. Millions of birds are beginning ...

Electro-Fishing Program Tuesday Evening

BOONEVILLE — Tom Shervinskie, a Fisheries Biologist who works for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will offer an interactive, hands-on approach to discuss water quality in Fishing Creek on Tuesday Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Picnic Grounds in Logan Township near ...

Free family fishing event at Bellefonte Hatchery Ponds

BELLEFONTE – Come fish with us! PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is offering a FREE “Fish With A Waterways Conservation Officer – Family Fishing Event” on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at PFBC’s Bellefonte Hatchery Ponds, 1115 Spring Creek Road, Bellefonte. PFBC ...

Eat or be eaten

If you have the time and enjoy being outdoors, there are some interesting happenings occurring in area landscapes, mainly the battle of survival amongst insect populations. One of the more visible displays is the activity of the praying mantids. They emerge from their egg cases in the early ...