Outdoors

Rare night heron seen near river

Poor weather can be a very exciting thing for birders who don’t mind dealing with the adverse conditions. It’s a great time to look for rare birds. Such conditions presented themselves on Oct. 29. Rose Valley Lake usually attracts the most attention during storms, so my day began there. ...

rifle league

Matches for 11/14/17 Liberty 4-2 at Tylersville 0-6 Liberty Lenny Young Jr. 98-6 Brett Glossner 98-5 Emory Gunsallus 97-3 Norm Fenton 96-2 Rick Bowman 96-1 Allen Muthler Jr. 96-1 Don Foster 95-1 Collin Foster 94-1 Team 770-20 Junior Emory Gunsallus ...

Western Clinton County Sportsmen elect officers

RENOVO — Officers for the 2018 year were elected by members of the Western Clinton Couty Sportsmen’s Associaton at their November meeting. Officers are: F. Skip Steward, president; Rick Davenport, vice president; Reed Mortion, secretary, and Kyle Stewart, treasurer. Directors are ...

Spotted lanternfly territory expanding

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has expanded its quarantine area for the spotted lanternfly (SLF) from six counties to 13. This includes counties where the insect’s presence has been confirmed but also areas where there is a very high risk of spread. Why such an aggressive ...

PHOTO BY TINA CLINEFELTER
The late afternoon sun gilds the mountain in front of the columnist’s house.

The times, they are a’ changing…

There was a time earlier this fall when I thought the leaf colors were not going to be so spectacular this year, but I’ve been wrong before. In the late afternoon sunshine, a couple of days ago, the colors just sang in their glory. Such a joy to behold! But, when the backyard becomes covered ...

Conditions are gelling for a memorable year

An abundance of fall foods will have a huge black-bear population on the move as hunters head out Nov. 18 for the opening day of Pennsylvania’s four-day statewide firearms bear season. Penn’s Woods has been smothered by hard and soft mast this past summer and fall. Leaf-drop also was ...

PHOTO BY TOM BUTZLER
Boston ferns are a favorite to adorn porches and decks. Try and see if you can get your ferns to overwinter and save yourself some money.

Time for gardeners to experiment

One of the more popular plants to decorate the inside and outside of a house is one that never flowers. Boston ferns, known for their green, droopy and leafy growth, have graced porches and interior living spaces for decades. Some gardeners press the envelope a bit and even utilize them in ...

bald eagle rifle league

Markovich Const. Inc. 5-0 at Strouse Electric 4-1 Markovich Const. Inc. Navara Reynolds 100-7 Chase Weise 99-6 Scott Sorgen 99-5 Benson Knecht 98-3 Zark Markovich 97-4 Tom Welsh 97-3 Reed Willar 96-3 Bill Bridgens Jr. 96-3 Team 782-34 Junior Benson Knecht 98-3 Strouse ...

Crows are everywhere

By Maddi Dunlap Special to The Express Most of us easily can identify a few of our more common bird species. Take the American crow — a large, black bird with a very recognizable call of “caw, caw” is easily identified, even by young children. Crows are seemingly everywhere, in ...

Game Commission officers track down lost hunters

PHILIPSBURG — Two hunters who became lost last Saturday on State Game Lands 33, south of Philipsburg, were tracked down by specially skilled Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officers and returned to safety early the next morning. The Game Commission was notified the ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League Score for 10/17/17

Mill Hall 1-2 at Tylersville 0-3 Mill Hall Jim Baney 98-3 Karen Woods 97-4 Steve Walker 96-3 Holly Baney 96-3 Lynn Woods 95-1 Ed Hamberger 93-4 Jeff Koch 91-4 Milt Geyer Jr. 91-1 Team 757-21 Tylersville John Brungard 98-5 Scott Weidler 97-4 Hunter Hinds ...

The bugs of autumn

The sounds of summer and early fall will soon be history. The nighttime temperatures will dip below freezing, ending the life cycle of many plants and insects. One of the night time sounds that soon will be quieted are the mating sounds of crickets. The males are doing their hardest to attract ...

PHOTO BY TINA CLINEFELTER
The Susquehanna River is seen in a tranquil mood.

Water, water everywhere…

And not a drop to drink, with apologies to Coleridge and his poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Water is one of our most precious resources and it behooves us to treat it with the utmost care, but just because we have used it for a certain purpose does not mean it is lost forever; it ...

rifle league

Bald Eagle Rifle League Scores for 10/17/17 Avis 0-3 @ Strouse Electric 3-0 Avis Chad Marshall 100-5 Nate Clinger 97-3 Kevin Kline 96-5 Bob Marshall 96-5 Ron Marshall 92-2 Mike Goodman Jr. 90-2 Ray Eldred 90-1 Luke Hibler 90-1 Team 751-24 Strouse Electric Kevin ...

Lead poisoning in Bald Eagles on the rise

HARRISBURG — An increasing number of bald eagles have been admitted to wildlife-rehabilitation centers across Pennsylvania exhibiting signs of illness such as weakness, lethargy, emaciation, labored respiration and drooping wings. Blood tests often reveal that the eagles are suffering from ...

Public meetings to review study of ATV connector trail in Clinton County

RENOVO — The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is rescheduling public meetings planned late this month and in early November to review a study under way in Sproul State Forest to address feasibility of closing a trail gap and determining the best way to connect the Bloody ...

Penn College Forestry Club takes route from competition to community service

WILLIAMSPORT — The Pennsylvania College of Technology Forest Club which returned from an Oct. 7 woodsmen’s competition in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest – conveniently toting the tools that had earlier brought many of the students individual honors – put their skills to work ...

Pheasant season awaits; hunters ready for changes

HARRISBURG — Even though pheasant production has been trimmed, hunters heading afield this fall might not notice much difference in the number of pheasants they flush. The Game Commission still plans to release about 170,000 pheasants, a modest reduction from the goal of 200,000 pheasants ...

Audobon Society offers program ‘Costa Rica Wildlife Photography’

WILLIAMSPORT — The Lycoming Audubon Society program “Costa Rica Wildlife Photography” with Lauri Shaffer will be presented at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League Matches for 10/10/17

Markovich Const. Inc. 2-0 @ Mill Hall 0-2 Markovich Const. Inc. Chase Weise 100-8 Connor Bauman 99-7 Scott Sorgen 98-6 Chad Carson 97-4 Bill Bridgens Sr. 96-3 Bill Bridgens Jr. 96-3 Zark Markovich 96-3 Navara Reynolds 95-3 Team 777-37 Mill Hall Jim Baney 99-3 Karen ...