Outdoors

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 ...

Little Juniata transformed itself

After Agnes, after water quality improved, so did the fishing Editor’s Note: This is the first in a five-part series of articles written by Walt Young, a reporter at the Altoona Mirror, on favorite fishing streams. ——— Until the early 1970s, the Little Juniata River was ...

Cold with a chance of snowys

No, this is not a weather report, it’s a “feather” report from this past winter season. Birdwatchers will recall the winter of 2013-14 when an unprecedented and historical southward irruption of Snowy Owls, those big white birds from the great white north, occurred into the United ...

This is no fish story!

Chris Clark of Jersey Shore shows off a 17-inch-long brown trout he caught out of Lower Green Run in Bald Eagle State Park last weekend. He was fishing with red worms. Clark is the son of Tim and Candy Clark of Jersey Shore. He was fishing with his parents and sister. He is proud of this catch ...

AT THE PARKS

Kettle Creek State Park Kettle Creek State Park will be celebrating the spring migration with a birding festival Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the day use area of the park. Baywings Falconry will be bringing live raptors and putting on a program 12 - 1 p.m. and 2 - 3 p.m. ...

OUTDOOR BRIEF

Audubons to hear about Brids of Honduras WILLIAMSPORT — Lycoming Audubon program “Neotropical Birds of Honduras,” will be presented by Ian Gardner, Wildlife Tech, and co-founder of Partners in Neotropical Bird Conservation, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in the Lowry Room on the ...

Unintended consequences of a tree

There are plenty of examples in which good intentions of plant introductions have led to problems. But the one that caught my eye this week was the flowering pear. Traveling through Centre County this week, a field in the distance caught my eye. It was acres of white surrounded by much of the ...

We can enjoy the fruits of cold weather

Weather — we bitch and complain about it almost on a daily basis. I look at it this way, at least I’m here and able to complain. Actually, there are some major benefits to the cool spring, one that fruit growers are happy about. A huge worry this time of year is a sudden early warm spell ...

Some senior pheasant hunters exempt from permit

Some senior pheasant hunters exempt from permit Any Pennsylvania hunter who held a senior lifetime hunting or combination license prior to May 13, 2017 will not need to purchase a pheasant permit to hunt pheasants in the 2018-19 license year. The pheasant permit was created last year as ...

Pennsylvania bear mange epidemic focus of Penn State, Game Commission

UNIVERSITY PARK — Pennsylvania’s black bear population is experiencing a mange epidemic, and a Penn State research team will work with the state Game Commission to gain a better understanding of the disease and develop strategies to manage it. Mange is a highly contagious skin disease ...

Fallen warden to be added to National Memorial

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania Game Commission state game warden who died in the line-of-duty will be added to the agency’s Fallen Officers Memorial at the Harrisburg headquarters and to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. District Game Protector Robert E. ...

Fostering a love of nature in our younger generation

By BONNALYN MOSTELLER In this era of smart phones, social media, streaming entertainment and all the rest I think many folks worry about how to have quality time with the youngsters in their lives. Here at Lycoming Audubon we may have an idea in that regard. Many members of our Audubon ...

Will the quarantine effort for spotted lanternfly work?

For the past few years, I have had several columns on the emerging spotted lanternfly (SLF) issue. If this topic is new to you or you want to refresh your memory on the particulars, I encourage you to visit Penn State’s SLF webpage at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly which ...

Spring gobbler season holds plenty of potential

HARRISBURG — The approach of spring gobbler season has Pennsylvania hunters eager to get afield. That they’ll be participating in the state’s 50th anniversary spring-gobbler hunt further sweetens the pot. Properly licensed junior hunters and mentored youth can head afield Saturday, ...