Outdoors

Scenic upper Juniata River full of smallmouth bass

(Editor’s note: This is the last in a five-part series of central Pennsylvania’s top fishing streams.) Over the past four weeks, we have showcased some of central Pennsylvania’s finest trout streams. In this fifth and final installment of the series, we will feature another ...

Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people

By EMILIANO RODRIGUEZ MEGA Associated Press NEW YORK — Lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, a new study says. Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. Besides becoming more vigilant and reducing time spent looking for ...

Internet update could block some from buying hunting licenses online

Hunters can test their devices for compatibility prior to first day of 2018-19 license sales June 18 LOCK HAVEN — Some internet users might be unable to buy their 2018-19 Pennsylvania hunting licenses online due to an internet security update. The update affects all purchasing websites ...

The giant Asian hornet scare

There was a flurry of calls into the Penn State Extension office a few weeks ago about the appearance of the giant Asian hornet. I am assuming that postings on Facebook probably played a role in this excitement. And no wonder folks were worried; everything about this insect is scary! For ...

2 leopard cubs, endangered in wild, born at Brookfield Zoo

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago says two Amur leopard cubs, members of an endangered species, are doing well two months after being born. The zoo said Thursday the 8-week-old cubs are 8 and 9 pounds and are expected to make their public debut in July. Zoo officials ...

Spring Creek in class by itself

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a five-part series. Centre County’s Spring Creek is often rated as the top trout stream in Pennsylvania. Several factors contribute to the popularity of this fertile limestone stream. Foremost among them is its exceptional population of wild brown ...

Walleye — sought-out species in state’s freshwaters

(Editor’s Note: Express writer Jessica Welshans recently traveled with the Fish and Boat Commission to the western part of the state to help collect walleye. Following is her account off what she saw and learned during the venture.) The origins of species that the walleye are part of — the ...

Rugosa Rose, an alternative to a fence

Fences are placed between properties for several reasons; to delineate boundaries, privacy (i.e. nosy neighbors), or keep animals/kids out of an area. One way to achieve one or more of these goals is to construct a fence of wood or vinyl. But for those that love plants, want something a ...

Dogwood Circle beautifies the downtown

PHOTO PROVIDED From left are Sue Daniels, JoAnn Bowes and Zonda Gregory, members of the Dogwood Circle Garden Club working at the soldiers monument garden at the intersection of East Church Street and Bellefonte Avenue in downtown Lock Haven. Other club members who helped during the club’s ...

Yellow-bellied flycatcher

On May 18 I had the opportunity to photograph a yellow-bellied flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) in State Game Lands 298 south of Rose Valley Lake. This small bird has an 8-inch wingspan and weighs about half an ounce. Small numbers migrate through Pennsylvania every spring and fall. It is ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League ends season with banquet

AVIS — The Bald Eagle Rifle League had their annual banquet for the 2017-2018 season on May 5 the Avis Fire Company, hosted by the Avis Rifle Team. Awards were presented for both team and individual accomplishments. The league shoots indoors on Tuesday nights through the winter ...

Clinton County’s Fishing Creek includes picturesque features

Editor’s note: This is the third in a five-part series of articles on best fishing streams by Walt Young, outdoor writer for the Altoona Mirror. ——— Dozens of streams throughout Pennsylvania are named “Fishing Creek,” and some of those waterways do indeed produce good fishing. ...

Springtime alert

Do not disturb young wildlife From the Pa. Game Commission 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 ...

Baby peregrine falcons hatch at PPL’s iconic Allentown tower

ALLENTOWN — Call it parenthood, peregrine style. Four eggs being incubated by a pair of peregrine falcons began hatching on Mother’s Day in a nesting box on the 21st floor of PPL’s headquarters building at Ninth and Hamilton streets in downtown Allentown. It’s the first time in a ...

Former school to be turned into an urban farm

By KELSEY RYAN The Kansas City Star KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It's just a plowed field of dirt for now. But over the next two years, an empty 1.2-acre ball field outside of the old Westport Middle School and High School will be transformed into a working farm in the middle of Kansas ...

Penns Creek offers unique experience

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a five-part series of articles written by Walt Young, a reporter at the Altoona Mirror, on favorite fishing streams. Any credible list of the best trout streams of Pennsylvania, or even the eastern United States, will always have Penns Creek near the ...

Ag Progress Days to include vegetable equipment demos

Vegetable production is becoming big business in Pennsylvania, and the numbers seem to back it up. According to the latest USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service numbers, the commonwealth ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. for several crops (bell peppers, cantaloupes, pumpkins, and snap ...

Family Fishing Festival at Bald Eagle Park

HOWARD —Registration is now open for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Annual Family Fishing Festival. The festival will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Families are invited to come out to enjoy an evening learning about fish, knots, rigging rods and fishing at ...

IN THE PARKS

On Memorial Day weekend, the following programs are planned: LITTLE PINE STATE PARK Friday evening at 8:30, the movie “The Homecoming” will be shown. This is about the re-introduction of the River Otter in Pennsylvania, including the Pine Creek valley. This program will be at the ...

Teen who ignited massive fire may have to repay $37 million

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — A teenager who started a huge wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon could owe more in restitution that he will earn in a lifetime. Eleven requests for restitution totaling almost $37 million have been submitted to a court. That covers the costs of ...