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Bald Eagle Rifle League concludes season

The Bald Eagle Rifle League held its banquet Saturday, May 6 and honored junior shooters and high individual shooters with awards. The league’s 2016-17 year-end statistics follow. TEAM STANDINGS r Markovich Construction Inc.: 20-0 — 780.650 r Strouse Electric: 13-6 — 765.260 r ...

Listen for nocturnal flight calls of migrating birds

I listen to birds at night. You may think I am referring to owls and whippoorwills, but over the past few weeks I have made audio recordings of everything from savannah sparrows and yellow-billed cuckoos to green herons and killdeer flying over my house in Montoursville. Large numbers of ...

outdoor briefs

Strenuous hikes on holiday weekend WATERVILLE — The Tiadaghton Forest Resource Management Center will sponsor two strenuous hikes on the Bob Webber Trail next weekend. Next Saturday, a 9.2-mile hike starts at 9 a.m. at the DCNR Clark Farm Recreational Parking Lot, Route 414, 3.8 miles ...

Lycoming Audubon Society

Right now is the most exciting time of the year to watch birds. New species are arriving daily throughout May and you should expect the unexpected. You can see birds in your backyard that just flew from South America. Individual Blackpoll warblers fitted with GPS trackers have been recorded ...

Game Commission to spray more than 23,000 acres for gypsy moths

HARRISBURG — In an effort to protect wildlife habitat, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will spray for gypsy moths on more than 23,907 acres of state game lands beginning next week. Spraying will occur on 14 different state game lands, in areas identified as having the greatest need for ...

SSRTA Cleans Up

Trail group cleans up Mountaintop

PHOTO PROVIDED Volunteers from the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association (SSRTA) worked to keep the Mountaintop community clean and beautiful on Earth Day, April 22. More roads were covered for trash collection than any previous time due to the number of volunteers, and also with help from ...

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Little girl gets big turkey

This little girl is Raegan Hull and she shot her first turkey at 6:45 a.m. on Youth Turkey Hunting Day while hunting in Beech Creek with her father Brandon Hull and uncle Justin Ripka. The 6-year-old was all smiles as she posed for this photo. The turkey weighed 16 pounds with a two-inch beard. ...

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Young hunters get trophy turkeys

PHOTO PROVIDED These two young hunters were ecstatic after killing turkeys early Saturday morning for the youth turkey hunt. On the left is Timmy Bittner, 11, son of Mary Jo and Tim Bittner of Beech Creek. This is his second turkey and the largest he has killed. It weighed 20.5 pounds, has ...

Free Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing class offered

SPRING MILLS — The PA Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is partnering with YMCA of Centre County and Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s Women Angler Group, to hold a Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing Program on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Penns Valley YMCA, 115 W. ...

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, ...