Outdoors

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 ...

Environmental programs set at Hyner State Park

WATERVILLE — The environmental programs for July 14 at Hyner Run State Park will focus on a variety of topics. Come prepared to get into the creek to search for crayfish for the 4:30 program “Crawdad Tales”. This mid-level predator plays an important role in the ecology of freshwater ...

Wildfire near popular Utah fishing lake burns 90 structures

By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — A wind-fueled wildfire burning through bone-dry vegetation near a popular fishing lake in Utah has burned about 90 structures, closed a stretch of highway and scuttled holiday and summer plans for countless people whose cabins are in ...

Smiths of Woolrich win garden award

The Garden of the Month Award for June, given by Dogwood Circle Garden Club, was presented to Denny and Cherie Smith, 1165 Park Ave., Woolrich., Cherie has installed front, side and rear garden beds in the last 20 years. She calls her hobby a joy and doesn’t consider it to be work. The beds ...

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 ...