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Outdoors

There’s something slippery in the Susquehanna

LOCK HAVEN — Snake? Fish? Somehow seeming both and neither, eels — specifically the American Eel — are returning, slowly, to the Susquehanna River. But they aren’t doing it alone. Recently, Lock Haven residents spotted Pa. Fish and Boat Commission agents restocking eels into the ...

Virtual public meeting to review Foster J. Sayers Dam plan

HOWARD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the surrounding communities to attend a virtual public meeting on Aug. 6 to review, submit feedback and comment on the draft Foster Joseph Sayers (FJS) Dam and Reservoir Master Plan and draft Environmental Assessment (EA). The virtual public ...

State-lands bat conservation plan drafted

HARRISBURG — As bats in Pennsylvania continue to recover from the deadly disease white-nose syndrome and other threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) are working together to conserve federally ...

At the parks

The following events will take place at area state parks. Per CDC guidelines, participants in these programs are asked to wear a mask when attending. Registrations for any of these events will be taken by calling 570-753-6005, or by going to DCNR’s calendar of events. LITTLE PINE — On ...

Blackberry season is near

UNIVERSITY PARK — As a kid, one of summer’s highlights was blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) season. It was a big deal! We went to the “mountains” and frequented those thorny patches. The buckets of berries and the expectation of pies, dumplings, and preserves, not to mention the ...

PSU Extension educator offers advice on insecticide use for lanternflies

UNIVERSITY PARK — As summer progresses — and spotted lanternflies make themselves at home just about anywhere, including on residential properties — frustrated homeowners might find themselves wrestling with the idea of using insecticides to vanquish the insect interlopers. Before doing ...

At the parks

The following events will take place at area state parks. Per CDC guidelines, participants in these programs are asked to wear a mask when attending. Registrations for any of these events will be taken by calling 570-753-6005, or by going to DCNR’s calendar of events. LITTLE PINE STATE ...

At the parks

The following events will take place at area state parks. Per CDC guidelines, participants in these programs are asked to wear a mask when attending. Registrations for any of these events will be taken by calling 570-753-6005, or by going to DCNR’s calendar of events. LITTLE PINE STATE ...

UN: Less land in Colombia devoted to growing coca in 2019

BOGOTA, Colombia — The amount of land devoted to growing the plant used to make cocaine dropped in Colombia last year as the military embarked on a campaign to pull out thousands of the coca shrubs that have stood as a stubborn thorn in the nation’s history. That’s according to a new ...

In time of crises, lands bill gives Senate a chance to unite

WASHINGTON — At a time of national crises, the Senate has been able to come together on a topic both parties celebrate: the great outdoors. While the country copes with the coronavirus, an economic downturn and a reckoning over racism, lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an ...

Climate change will impact birds, too

The last time carbon dioxide levels were this high, trees were growing at the South Pole. A shocking line, but is it true A recent National Geographic article reports on these facts and more. And what does it all mean? Well, unless something is done to reverse the course of greenhouse gas ...

Larger streams are critical for wild brook trout conservation

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Latin name for brook trout - Salvelinus fontinalis - means speckled fish of the fountains, but a new study by Penn State researchers suggests, for the first time, that the larger streams and rivers those fountains, or headwaters, flow into may be just as important to the ...

Creating a haven for monarch butterflies

It doesn’t take much to satisfy the wants and needs of butterflies. They need warmth, food, and a place to lay their eggs. Monarch butterflies especially like the nectar produced by butterfly bushes (Buddleia), purple coneflowers (Echinacea), Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium), phlox (especially ...

Dispelling myths about Pennsylvania’s forests

This article will try to dispel some of the more common myths and misperceptions about forests and forestry in Pennsylvania. Let us begin by defining what a “forest” is. A forest is an area of land characterized by extensive tree cover and other associated resources such as meadows, ...

Springtime alert — Do not disturb young wildlife

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 not. It’s likely their mothers are watching over them from somewhere nearby. So ...

DEP begins 2020 Black Fly control work

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) began its 2020 Black Fly Suppression Program this week. The program involves aerial and backpack spraying on roughly 1,700 stream miles in 35 counties of the Commonwealth. “As warmer weather returns, black flies ...

Experts report wolf population is stable in Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The wolf population in Wyoming has reached about 300 animals, around the same number of wolves wildlife managers aimed to have before hunting was prohibited between 2014 and 2017. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department regained authority over the population after ...

Bird Watchers: Spring migration

They are coming. Heading here by the millions. Mostly by night. These masses will arrive from the south, largely unseen. Most just pass overhead, but many will settle here, making their homes around us, unnoticed. These nighttime invaders are not hostile. The invaders I am referring to are ...

Safety matters in upcoming spring gobbler season

HARRISBURG — Following COVID-19 protocols is important while afield hunting turkeys. The extension of cabin-fever brought on by the coronavirus blues has hunters across Pennsylvania looking forward to the start of spring turkey season. Hunting turkeys in Penn’s Woods will be different ...