Outdoors

Volunteers needed to help clean up Bald Eagle Creek

MILL HALL — Clinton County CleanScapes (CCC) river enthusiasts, paddlers and Sunken Treasure Scuba Center divers will be removing tires from Bald Eagle Creek on Saturday, July 22. And they are looking for volunteers to help during the event from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Three teams will ...

Watch for Dickcissels during rare influx

An above average number of dickcissels are being found in Pennsylvania this summer. The dickcissel is a species of grassland bird that nests primarily in the mid-western United States. Occasionally large numbers show up in the eastern United States, often related to drought in the core nesting ...

Update on vegetable diseases

Fellow gardening columnist Tina Clinefelter did an excellent job of covering some of the insect issues in our area in last week’s paper. To make things fair, I thought I would give the plant diseases equal press coverage. Vegetables have been in the ground for several weeks now and disease ...

at the parks

Amazing Amphibians r On Wednesday, July 12, at 1 p.m., Kettle Creek State Park will have a program called “Amazing Amphibians.” This is a DiscoverE Program for Hide’n Seekers (Ages 3-5) and Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-8). During this program, we will take a look at what makes an amphibian ...

They’re Back…

Since I last wrote about the Japanese beetle, there is still nothing to commend them – they haven’t suddenly developed a taste for ticks or mosquitoes and they are going to attack the roses — so this is a refresher course on dealing with the annual pest, a gift from Japan since the early ...

Elsa Winch receives Garden of the Month Award

PHOTO PROVIDED The recipient of Dogwood Circle Garden Club’s “Garden of the Month” award is Elsa Winch, 636 E. Water St., Lock Haven. Elsa’s street-side garden is a profusion of color from perennial flowers and herbs. It reflects personal sentiments and memories, as many of her plants ...

Summer birding in the state forest

On a recent morning I walked along a gated road through the Loyalsock State Forest in high elevation forested habitat at the southern end of the Allegheny Plateau. I had been to the spot a few times but never during summer and wanted to survey what birds were nesting in the area. I was ...

Antlerless deer licensing begins July 10

HARRISBURG — Antlerless Deer License sales will begin on Monday, July 10, for PA residents. Antlerless deer license applications must be mailed directly to the county treasurer’s office, not the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Any applications received before that date will be ...

Study shows avian and human influenza viruses may infect bats

UNIVERSITY PARK—Bats, which make up about a third of all mammalian species, play an important role in our ecosystem. They eat bugs that “bug” us and are responsible for pollinating many plants. However, their good deeds can be overshadowed by another characteristic — their ability to ...

Rare shorebird found on local farm field

On May 29, my family and I spotted a ruddy turnstone while driving through the farmland south of Avis in Clinton County. The ruddy turnstone is a medium-sized species of shorebird about 9 inches long with a 21 inch wingspan, making it slightly smaller than a killdeer. Ruddy describes the ...

at the parks

OLE BULL STATE PARK r Tuesday, June 20, at 2 p.m., “Water World.” — This is a family program. During this program, we will learn about the different creatures that live on Kettle Creek’s bottom and some of their adaptations. Activities will include a story, followed by an ...

Chicken barbecue to benefit Rails to Trails

MOSHANNON — The Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association will hold its 15th annual chicken barbecue Saturday, July 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gillentown Trailhead, 1145 West Sycamore Road. The event is sponsored by Best Line Powersports. The meal includes half a chicken, potato and ...

Ruffed Grouse Society to host benefit habitat shoot

WILLIAMSPORT — The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will hold its inaugural habitat benefit shoot Saturday, July 15, at Thunder Ridge Sporting Clays & Game Farm in Middlebury Center. The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society, based in ...

Mount from a massive, illegally killed elk finds new home

CLEARFIELD — One of the largest bulls on record in Pennsylvania on permanent display in Clearfield. After touring the country as part of a traveling display, the mount made from a giant, illegally killed Pennsylvania bull elk has come home to Clearfield County. Representatives from the ...

— Springtime Alert — Do not disturb young wildlife

HARRISBURG — Whether in their backyards or high on a mountain, it’s almost certain Pennsylvanians will encounter young wildlife this time of year. While some young animals might appear to be abandoned, usually they are not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere ...

At the parks

LITTLE PINE, HYNER RUN STATE PARKS For the weekend of June 16 - 18, the environmental programs at Little Pine and Hyner Run State Parks will focus on a variety of topics. The programs on Friday and Sunday will be at Little Pine State Park, while those on Saturday will be at Hyner Run ...

SV Watershed hosting program on karst landscapes

LOGANTON— The Sugar Valley Watershed Association is hosting an educational program about karst geology on Thursday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. Karst landscapes are formed from the weathering and dissolution of soluble rocks, such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. They are characterized by ...

AT THE PARKS

Little Pine State Park WATERVILLE — For the weekend of June 9 - 10, 2017, the environmental programs at Little Pine State Park will focus on Native American history and culture. r Fridat at 8 p.m. will be the weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and ...

Mount from massive, illegally killed elk finds new home

CLEARFIELD — One of the largest bulls on record in Pennsylvania on permanent display in Clearfield. After touring the country as part of a traveling display, the mount made from a giant, illegally killed Pennsylvania bull elk has come home to Clearfield County. Representatives from the ...

Pictured are students from fourth and fifth grade at Wonderland Charter School and, from left, back, State Senator Jake Corman; Russ Schleiden - chairman of the board of Wildlife for Everyone Foundation; Scott Waitlevertch - manager, Government Affairs, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Maryland; Brian Stone - manager, Howard Nursery (PA Game Commission);  Bryan Burhans - executive director, Pennsylvania Game Commission; Lance King - arborist, Ferguson Township; Jerry Regan - president, Wildlife for Everyone Foundation. In front of Jerry is Kelly Raudabaugh - CEO/president, Wonderland Charter School.

‘Seedlings for Schools’ gets boost from Columbia Gas

STATE COLLEGE — Employees of Columbia Gase of Pennsylvania presented a check in the amount of $5,000 to Wildlife for Everyone Foundation representatives recently at the Wonderland Charter School in State College. Columbia Gas is awarding financial support for the Seedlings for Schools ...