Outdoors

Local man publishes book on deer hunting

SALONA — A former Salona native has completed and published a book titled Whitetail Deer Facts and Strategies: A Complete Guide to Hunting Deer. Dennis Keller, of Altoona, grew up in Salona and attended both Bald Eagle Nittany High School as well as Lock Haven University. He has spent a ...

A night in the woods

More people are wanting to know ‘what does it take to survive’ in certain outdoor situations. Art Dawes of Flemington is an instructor and founder of PA Wilderness Survival, which teaches bush craft, survival and emergency skills. He has been ramping up his survival demonstrations and ...

Penn State’s Ag Progress Days offers ‘something for everyone’

Agricultural show begins Tuesday in Centre County UNIVERSITY PARK— Everything agriculture and more can be found at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, which kicks off Tuesday and continued through Thursday at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs in Ferguson ...

Master Gardener Program accepting applications

LOCK HAVEN — Penn State Extension in Clinton County is accepting applications from people interested in taking training to become Master Gardeners. Clinton County has a dedicated group of volunteer Master Gardeners who are committed to making a difference, according to Cooperative ...

Sighting of rare hawk draws eager birders to Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Bird lovers are driving from hundreds of miles away for a rare chance to see a species of non-native hawk in southern Maine. Maine Audubon naturalist Doug Hitchcox says the great black hawk might be the most unusual bird identified in the state in decades. It was ...

It’s the small things that are irritating

It is really wet out there. According to the National Weather Service’s closest monitoring station (Williamsport), July 2018 ranks as the wettest July on record and the fourth wettest month since records began in 1895. The previous July record was 9.65 inches in 1992. The new record now ...

PASA awarded $200,000 grant to help farmers improve soil health

MILLHEIM — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service awarded the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) a highly competitive Conservation Innovation Grant totalling $200,300 over three years. This grant will support PASA’s Soil Health Benchmark Study, which ...

A makeover for milkweeds

By CALVIN WOODWARD Associated Press QUEBEC CITY — For generations, North American farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. "I hate to have milkweed in my strawberry field," Nathalie Leonard says from her farm by the Quebec village of Lac-du-Cerf. So ...

Getting to know your succulents as they grow

METRO - Succulents can be just what indoor or outdoor gardens need. Even though succulents are becoming more popular, there are still some people who are unaware of their attributes. By learning more about succulents, people may become devotees of these unique plants. The word "succulent" ...

The great ring hunt

So, it’s hunting season! Actually, it may not be. I don’t know. I do know that it’s the 150th anniversary of Beech Creek, which is sort of my strength — local history. My brother would know about hunting season, but I don’t feel like calling him to find out, not just for the purpose ...

Dutch Haven Restaurant is a “Blooming Business”

PHOTO PROVIDED The Dutch Haven Restaurant, owned by Tom Ludwig and Amy Yocum, 201 E. Bald Eagle St., has been designated a “Blooming Business” by Dogwood Circle Garden Club. The front and side of the restaurant, graced by 10 large flower pots planted and maintained by Amy, are colorful ...

Easy to Be Green

Fear the clinging dead... ants Beware and be diligent. The undead or zombies may be lurking in your own back yard, but you are not yet aware of their presence. They are here; their desiccated lifeless bodies now cling to a tree branch. Once walking and foraging with members of the colony, ...

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

On July 11 a yellow-crowned night-heron (Nyctanassa violacea) was found at a pond in northern Lycoming County. A birder spotted it while driving past and recognized it as unusual. Although it is a juvenile it was not born in this area. This species nests in Pennsylvania but only at a few ...

Time running out for prospective elk hunters

www.pgc.pa.gov HARRISBURG — If you haven’t yet submitted an application to enter Pennsylvania’s annual elk-license drawing, you need to act fast. The deadline to enter the drawing is July 31. Submitting your application is your chance to hunt world-class elk in Pennsylvania in ...

Just bidding their time

So far, the weather has been pretty good for area vegetable gardens. Timely rains with very warm temperatures should be resulting in squash, cucumbers, and sweet corn showing up on the dinner table. But trouble is brewing in the South. Two of our major vegetable diseases — downy mildew of ...

BIRD WATCHERS; Lycoming Audubon Society

The chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina) is one of the most common summer birds in Pennsylvania. It is smaller than most other sparrows weighing less than half an ounce with a 8.5 inch wingspan. Chipping sparrows forage on the ground in dry areas with short grass. They are tolerant of ...

AT THE PARKS

Astronomy Aspirations On Wednesday, July 25, at 1 p.m., there will be an “Astronomy Aspirations DiscoverE Program” at Kettle Creek State Park, and on Thursday, July 26, at 1 p.m., at Ole Bull State Park. This program is intended for children ages 6-12. Join the naturalist to learn some of ...

Local youth hunters compete at states

(Editor’s Note: Due to inadvertent errors on the part of The Express, these photos and this story are being re-published to properly recognize the accomplishments of the youth who participate in the Youth Hunter Education Challenge. The Express apologizes for the ...

Children’s Day Camp SET at Winter State Park

MIFFLINBURG — Penn’s Adventurers day camp for children ages 9-12 will be held at R. B. Winter State Park on July 17 and 18. The camp will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. DiscoverE! encourages children to learn more about the world in which we live by getting outdoors to Explore, ...

AT THE PARK

Hike the Nature Trail On Wednesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m., there will be a “Hike the Nature Trail” program at Ole Bull State Park. Join the park naturalist for an evening walk along the Nature Trail at Ole Bull. There will be a discussion about the flora and fauna seen along the trail as ...