Outdoors

Leaf sensors can tell farmers when to water crops

UNIVERSITY PARK— Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and parched plants, according to a new study conducted by researchers in Penn ...

Idle ramblings around the garden

I just read that the recent hurricanes may be adversely affecting the migration of both the monarch butterfly and hummingbirds. Strong headwinds from the wrong direction make it hard going for these fragile creatures. The monarchs mostly fly over-land and can seek some shelter if need be, but ...

Try your hand at archery

WATERVILLE — On Saturday, Sept. 16, Little Pine State Park will host an “Introduction to Archery” program from 3 to 6 p.m. This event is open to all ages and skill levels, but children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. It will be at the archery range, 2.36 miles north of ...

At the parks

Nature Walk r At 6:30 p,m. on Friday, Sept. 8, at Kettle Creek State Park walkers will take at a new trail near the equestrian area. Some of the flora and fauna seen along the trail will be discussed. Meet at the Nature Center in the lower campground. There will be a drive up to the ...

Chasing a white-winged tern

I recently went on a bird chase. In birder language this means that someone else found a rare bird that I wanted to see so I went to see it as quickly as I could. The bird was a white-winged tern. It was found by Wellsboro birder Rich Hanlon at Nessmuk Lake in Tioga County on August 10th. The ...

at the parks

The following activities and events are planned at state parks throughout the region. OLE BULL STATE PARK r “Seasonal Changes” will be featured in a walk Wednesday, August 30, at 1 p.m. Explore how the flora and fauna of the area are transitioning from summer into fall. Meet at the ...

Special fishing opportunities offered on Labor Day holiday

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering two special fishing opportunities to entice adults and kids to fish on Labor Day, Sept. 4. The first is a $1 license for adult residents and non-residents. The license - good for Labor Day only - provides an easy and affordable way for ...

at the parks

Insect Safari “Insect Safari” will be the program offered at Ole Bull State Park, Thursday, August 10, at 10 a.m. This is a DiscoverE Program for Hide’n Seekers (Ages 4-5) and Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-8). This program involves learning the defining characteristics of insects apart from ...

Applications due for Wild Pleasant Youth Hunt

HARRISBURG —After several years of intensive habitat improvement to support wild pheasants, four dozen junior hunters now will have the opportunity to swing on a wild, cackling pheasant rooster as it pounds skyward this fall. A limited-draw youth pheasant hunt will be held this year in the ...

Flock of rare shorebirds spotted near Williamsport

On the evening of July 14 a friend and I spotted four American avocets on an island near the Williamsport dam. This is believed to be the first Lycoming County record of this species. American avocets are large shorebirds with a 31-inch wingspan, long legs, and a thin upturned bill. These ...

PGC creates new position to fight CWD in wild deer

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has created a new executive-level position to direct its ongoing and intensifying efforts to limit the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild white-tailed deer and neutralize its threat to wild elk. Wayne A. Laroche, who has served as the agency’s Bureau ...

Wild trout summit in Bellefonte on Aug. 26

BELLEFONTE - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a wild trout summit open to the public at its Centre County regional office on Saturday, Aug. 26, beginning at 9:30 a.m. “This is the first time the agency has hosted a meeting to discuss wild trout,” said Andy ...

Hay competition, conservation education among Ag Progress Days offerings

UNIVERSITY PARK — A hay competition, natural resources displays, wildlife exhibits and crop management education are just a few of the many activities that will take place in and around the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. ...

at the parks

The following activities and events are planned at state parks through the end of July. Technological Scavenger Hunt On Wednesday, July 26, at 10 a.m., there will be a “Technological Scavenger Hunt” at Ole Bull State Park. For this scavenger hunt, either a digital camera or a phone is ...

Free vessel safety examinations offered

LOCK HAVEN — A vessel safety check is a free, voluntary courtesy examination of your boat (vessel) to verify the presence and condition of the boat safety condition of the boat safety equipment that is required by state and the federal regulations. The vessel examiner is a trained specialist ...

Volunteers needed to help clean up Bald Eagle Creek

MILL HALL — Clinton County CleanScapes (CCC) river enthusiasts, paddlers and Sunken Treasure Scuba Center divers will be removing tires from Bald Eagle Creek on Saturday, July 22. And they are looking for volunteers to help during the event from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Three teams will ...

Watch for Dickcissels during rare influx

An above average number of dickcissels are being found in Pennsylvania this summer. The dickcissel is a species of grassland bird that nests primarily in the mid-western United States. Occasionally large numbers show up in the eastern United States, often related to drought in the core nesting ...

Update on vegetable diseases

Fellow gardening columnist Tina Clinefelter did an excellent job of covering some of the insect issues in our area in last week’s paper. To make things fair, I thought I would give the plant diseases equal press coverage. Vegetables have been in the ground for several weeks now and disease ...

at the parks

Amazing Amphibians r On Wednesday, July 12, at 1 p.m., Kettle Creek State Park will have a program called “Amazing Amphibians.” This is a DiscoverE Program for Hide’n Seekers (Ages 3-5) and Outdoor Explorers (Ages 6-8). During this program, we will take a look at what makes an amphibian ...

They’re Back…

Since I last wrote about the Japanese beetle, there is still nothing to commend them – they haven’t suddenly developed a taste for ticks or mosquitoes and they are going to attack the roses — so this is a refresher course on dealing with the annual pest, a gift from Japan since the early ...