Outdoors

The stinkers in our landscapes

We place trees and shrubs in the landscape for a variety of reasons: fall color, flowers, shade, winter interest, and fruiting characteristics. And let’s not forget smell. As an example, there is nothing better than sitting on the back porch when a soft spring breeze brushes over lilac ...

BIRD WATCHERS

Lycoming Audubon Society Summer is the time for baby birds. My yard has been full of juvenile European starlings. While adult starlings are iridescent black, the juveniles are a dull light gray. The juveniles give a raucous begging call as they open their yellow mouths to entice their ...

Environmental programs at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE - For the weekend of July 6 - 8, the environmental programs at Little Pine State Park will focus on a variety of topics. Friday evening at 8 we will have our weekly coffee break. This is an informal question and answer period and general chat session. Coffee, tea, and iced tea ...

AT THE PARKS

Reptile Rumble DiscoverE Program On Wednesday, July 4, at 1 p.m., there will be a program at Kettle Creek State Park called “Reptile Rumble DiscoverE Program.” This is a DiscoverE program intended for children ages 6-12 (Outdoor Explorers and Penns’ Adventurers). This program will ...

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 ...