Outdoors

The Northern Flicker

Think of a bird that you would expect to see on the ground. Perhaps you might think of the American robin or some sort of sparrow. But what about a woodpecker? The northern flicker is a common woodpecker that feeds on the ground and primarily eat ants. It is the most widespread and abundant ...

Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure

UNIVERSITY PARK — Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians - driven by pipeline and access road construction is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to ...

Macaroni Kid’s Summer Fun & Camp Expo is April 29

WILLIAMSPORT— On Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Williamsport Macaroni Kid will be hosting their third annual Summer Fun & Camp Expo held at Penn’s Inn located on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology. This event offers families the opportunity to find summer ...

Birding Festival May 20 at Kettle Creek

CROSS FORK — Kettle Creek State Park will be celebrating the spring migration with a birding festival Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the day-use area of the park. Shaver’s Creek will be bringing live raptors and putting on a program 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. ...

Game Commission official to speak at Audubon program

WILLIAMSPORT — Lycoming Audubon Society presents “What eBird Can Do for Your Birding” with Dan Brauning of the Pennsylvania Game Commission at its April 26 meeting. We live in a fast-paced society, and “birding” is changing too. Bird sightings and our observations can be shared ...

The quest for a rare bird

A few weeks ago I awoke to a text saying that a friend had found a trumpeter swan at Rose Valley Lake. This species is rare enough in our area that a serious birder knows to skip breakfast and get to the lake as quickly as possible or risk not getting the species for your yearly county ...

Controlled burns to improve habitat and forest safety

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission this spring is conducting controlled burns to restore wildlife habitat and decrease the threat of wildfires on state game lands statewide. Since 2009, the Game Commission has used controlled burns to improve wildlife habitat and restore ...

Hunter/Trapper class scheduled

JERSEY SHORE— A Hunter/Trapper Education Class will be held on April 17 and 18 at the Northcentral Regional Office of the PA Game Commission in Jersey Shore. The class will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. each night and students must attend both training sessions and pass a certification exam to ...

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From left are Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall, PGC Bureau of Wildlife Management Director Wayne Laroche, Ducks Unlimited Canada CEO Karla Guyn.

Game Commission honored for 50 years of waterfowl habitat support

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Pennsylvania Game Commission was recognized for 50 years of contributions supporting wetlands protection and restoration on the Canadian Boreal Forest breeding grounds, which are important to Pennsylvania’s waterfowl populations. The ceremony took place at the 82nd ...

Warm winter has put state’s apple crop at risk

UNIVERSITY PARK—With less than two weeks until the official end of an unusually warm winter in Pennsylvania, the apple crop is in some jeopardy, warns a tree fruit specialist with Penn State Extension. Unseasonably warm temperatures in December and January and the warmest February on record ...

Kettle Creek Valley Outdoor Show is March 25

CROSS FORK — The Kettle Creek Valley Outdoor Show will be held Saturday, March 25 at the Kettle Creek Hose Company Fire Hall in Cross Fork. The show runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be 40 plus tables of vendors having items such as fishing supplies, turkey calls, crafts, ...

Pheasants Forever to hold banquet

STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its Eighth Annual Membership Banquet on Saturday, April 1, at the Mountain View Country Club, 100 Elks Club Road, Boalsburg. Doors will open at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Mark ...

activities at the parks

PA Songbirds workshop WATERVILLE — Little Pine State Park is offering a Pennsylvania Songbirds curriculum workshop on Saturday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. This workshop is for educators teaching at grade levels K - 12, from the IU 17 (BLAST), IU 9 (Seneca Highlands), IU 10 ...

Have fun learning about invasive species with a new tool from Pennsylvania 4-H

UNIVERSITY PARK—Penn State Extension, with funding from the state Department of Agriculture, has created a “fun,” hands-on, interactive curriculum to address the threat of invasive species, to be offered through its Pennsylvania 4-H youth program. “Stop the Invasion: Unwanted Plants, ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 3/7/17 Mill Hall 9-7 at Strouse Electric 10-5 Mill Hall Holly Baney 98-5 Hunter Shady 98-5 Jeff Koch 98-4 Karen Woods 96-5 Lynn Woods 96-3 Jim Baney 96-1 Gary Brown 93-4 Milt Geyer Jr. 92-2 Team 767-29 Juniors Hunter Shady 98-5 Michael Barner ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 2/28/17 Liberty 6-8 @ Mill Hall 9-6 Liberty Brett Glossner 98-6 Park Lane 98-5 Scott Rogers 98-4 Lenny Young Jr. 98-4 Terry Day 96-2 Rick Bowman 95-3 Bill Glossner 94-2 Allen Muthler Jr. 94-0 Team 771-26 Juniors Collin Foster 92-2 Chase Roan ...

Local Christmas Bird Count results

The holiday season is full of traditions. It is a time of religious celebration, family, and food. For birders it is also a time for waking up early and heading out into the cold for the annual Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count is an event, now in its 117th year, run by the ...

Gardening with herbs can open doors

Growing herbs is just one aspect of gardening but it is by far my favorite. The more herbs I grow and use, the more excited I get about them. Every year I add at least three new herbs to my gardens, and I have already decided on more than three. Oops! I am also planning on enlarging ...

Ice fishing

Thanks to a roller coaster of winter temperatures

JESSICA WELSHANS/THE EXPRESS Thanks to a roller coaster of winter temperatures, there hasn’t been much ice fishing at Foster Joseph Sayers Lake,  also known as Blanchard Dam. Usually the popular spot known as ‘The Cut’ or Hunters Run can be found full of ice anglers and fishing huts. ...

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Fox on the roadway in Wayne Township

Local amateur photographer Waukera Burkey captured this picture of a fox on Pine Mountain Road in Wayne Township last Tuesday morning as she was delivering The Express to customers in that area. She said the  fox, which was covered in snow, appeared to be injured, but hopped away after she ...