Outdoors

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 ...

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…Connecting youth and women to fishing

MILL HALL — Avid fly fishing angler and outdoor enthusiast, Amidea Daniel, of Mill Hall, has been working with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. She began working as an outreach and education specialist, and Trout in the Classroom coordinator in 2008. Her passion and experience ...

Pheasant chick and egg programs come to an end

HARRISBURG — Two long-running programs that enabled groups and individuals to raise pheasants for release in their local areas have come to an end due to financially driven changes to the Game Commission’s pheasant propagation program. The Pheasant Chick Program, started in 1933, provided ...

Fly tying classes begin Feb. 23

LOCK HAVEN — The Lloyd Wilson Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding their annual fly tying classes starting the end of February. Classes will be held weekly, every Thursday evening, starting Feb. 23 and ending March 23. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. There will be a ...

Trout Unlimited applauds additions to PA Wild Trout lists

HARRISBURG— Trout Unlimited applauds the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s vote this week to add sections of 132 streams to the Commonwealth’s growing lists of Class A Wild Trout Waters and Wild Trout Streams lists. TU also welcomes the Commission’s announcement of a Wild Trout ...

Upcoming winter programs at R.B. Winter State Park

MIFFLINBURG — Gather up your family and friends and break out of the winter doldrums while attending several events that are planned at Raymond. B. Winter State Park.  Programs are free unless otherwise noted; donations are encouraged to cover event costs.  Several programs do require ...

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Members of the Philadelphia Corps learn about the outdoors in this 2016 photo.

PA Outdoor Corps looking for hard working youth

By JESSICA WELSHANS For The Express The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has once again joined ranks with the Student Conservation Association, America’s oldest and largest youth conservation organization, to announce open recruitment for the the Pennsylvania Outdoor ...

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Plan now for growing a garden

On Dec. 26, Three seed catalogs appeared in my mailbox. As soon as the days get even a minute longer, new growth longs to spring forth! The cold days of winter are the best time to think about your gardening goals for the summer and how to best achieve them. For new gardeners, there are ...

Register now for free workshops by Master Gardeners

MILL HALL — The Penn State Master Gardeners of Clinton County announce their popular Garden Sense symposium will take place once again this month. Organized as a series of workshops on topics of interest to local gardeners, this year’s program — in response to requests from past ...

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Brandon Pupek gets his first buck

PHOTO PROVIDED Brandon Pupek, 11, of Pottstown, shot his first deer on opening day in Clinton County. Mentored by his older brother, Ben Pupek, the buck was shot at 4 p,m. It field dressed at 170 lbs, had 10 points, and a 21-inch spread. This was Brandon’s second time out, first time with a ...

Conservation District changes technical assistance policy

MILL HALL —The Clinton County Conservation District Board of Directors voted to implement a new change in policy regarding our assistance with manure management and agricultural erosion control (Ag E&S) plans. due to staff work load, Conservation District staff will no longer be ...

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Jacob Heiney gets his first buck

PHOTO PROVIDED Jacob Heiney, 14, of Lock Haven poses with the eight-point buck he bagged while hunting in New York with his Uncle Joe Zbicki, his PapPap, Bernie Zbicki, and family friend Billy Barrett. This is Jacob’s second year hunting.

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Rye Brazell bags his first deer

PHOTO PROVIDED Rye Brazell, 13, of Mill Hall shot his first deer Monday. Rye was hunting with his dad, Tim Brazell Sr., on Beech Creek Mountain.

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Lane gets a buck on the first day

PHOTO PROVIDED Lane McCloskey, 12, of Mill Hall poses with the deer he bagged at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of buck season, Monday, Nov. 28. It is a six-point with antlers that have a 17-inch inner spread. He and his father, Lance McCloskey, left, were hunting together on Beech Creek Mountain ...

The Engraved Paddle Award was presented by CleanScapes Advisory Board members Colleen Xethakis-Lacy, left, and Jane Darrow.

CleanScapes hands out awards

LOCK HAVEN — Celebrating the guardians of public spaces and community cleanup service providers is a task the Clinton County CleanScapes Advisory Board looks forward to every year. The selected CleanScapes volunteers support or attend community cleanup events and they also share similar ...

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Calen gets her first deer

PHOTO PROVIDED Calen Kustaborder, 11, daughter of Brad and Melissa Kustaborder of Howard, shot her first deer on the first day of buck season, Monday, Nov. 28, at 12:45 p.m. while hunting in Howard Township with family members, including her father and Uncle Bill. Calen has been hunting for ...

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Nicolas gets his first buck

PHOTO PROVIDED Nicolas Ferrara, 14, of Beech Creek bagged his very first buck on the second day of the season while hunting with his father, John Ferrara, in the Sproul State Forest. A single well-placed shot from his 7mm mag scored him the nice five-point buck.