Outdoors

What is forest bathing?

METRO — The mood-boosting feeling of rejuvenation many people experience while spending time in nature is not in their heads. In fact, researchers in parts of Asia have long since studied and documented the benefits of spending time in nature. Developed in Japan in the 1980s, the practice ...

How to bring beneficial bees back

METRO — Bees, birds and butterflies play integral roles in pollinating many of the crops humans rely on for sustenance. The National Pollinator Garden Network, through the National Wildlife Federation, recently launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an effort to increase the amount ...

PA has highest number of Lyme disease cases in US

UNIVERSITY PARK— Pennsylvania has had the highest number of total Lyme disease cases in the United States since 2000. That’s according to a study by Penn State scientists who analyzed 117 years’ worth of specimens and data submitted primarily by residents from around the state. The ...

The humble iris; The poor man’s orchid

By KATHRYN DORMAN Hello, Clinton County! I am writing for the Express for the very first time. I have been a Master Gardener for two years. I retired in 2016 from teaching science and math in Keystone Central School District. I am now free to play in the dirt – all the time, if I ...

MAKING LIFE BETTER: Spotted lanternfly quarantine and business permits

In 2014, the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect native to parts of Asia, was discovered in Berks County, Pennsylvania. This planthopper feeds on the sap of a variety of plants and has the potential to cause significant damage to many valuable commodities in Pennsylvania including forest ...

Penn State Master Gardeners to hold 2019 plant sale

STATE COLLEGE — Expert advice and a variety of unique plants will be two of the features at the Saturday, May 18, plant sale put on by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County. The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn State Ag Progress Days venue on ...

Easy to be green: Mushrooms and science

All you gardeners, there is a very important date that you must add to your calendar, so you won’t forget. May the 4, which is a Saturday, is World Naked Gardening Day. All you dedicated gardeners, now is your chance to enjoy Mother Nature at her finest, hot sun on pale skin, cool breezes ...

Spring Gobbler season holds plenty of potential

Hunters across the Keystone State are anxiously awaiting the approach of spring turkey season. If weather cooperates, they won’t be disappointed. Even though widespread rain and colder-than-normal temperatures discouraged some turkey hunters last spring, those who ventured afield set the ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 4/9/19 Mill Hall 7-11 @ Liberty 14-6 Mill Hall Karen Woods 100-3 Lynn Woods 99-3 Jim Baney 97-6 Milt Geyer Jr. 96-1 Keith Bitner 95-4 Jeff Koch 94-2 Steve Walker 93-3 Andy Kotzyr 92-1 Team 766-23 Liberty Emory Gunsallus 100-7 Lance Bowman 100-5 Rick ...

Fifth annual Birding Festival is May 18

RENOVO—Kettle Creek State Park celebrates the spring migration with the “Fifth annual Birding Festival” Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the day use area of the park. Highlights of the festival include pontoon boat rides to explore habitat features that attract waterfowl and ...

Volunteers needed for tree planting project near Cross Fork

CROSS FORK — The Susquehanna River Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is seeking volunteers to help plant native trees and shrubs on state forest land in Potter County Saturday, April 27. The tree-planting project coincides with Arbor Day weekend and is part of the Greenlick Grouse ...

IN THE PARKS

LITTLE PINE STATE PARK Saturday, April 27, programs at Little Pine State Park include a program on the Bald eagles that have been nesting at the park since 2004. This year we know we have at least two hatchlings. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available for use during the program, and ...

Back tracks: I’m so bored …

Growing up, I can’t remember ever uttering those three words, “I’m so bored.” And even if kids might feel bored back then, it certainly wouldn’t be up to our parents to get us “un-bored.” No siree - it would be up to us kids to find something to do, for ourselves. Like most ...

Assessment details impact of pests and pathogens

STATE COLLEGE — Pests and diseases are taking a substantial bite out of the world’s five major food crops - in some cases, up to 40 percent - according to a recently released publication, one of the first to inventory the impact on a global scale. “Declining crop health affects everyone ...

Pollution drifting into Rocky Mountain Park

By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - Harmful nitrogen pollution is drifting onto fragile, high-elevation ecosystems in Rocky Mountain National Park from Colorado highways, power plants and livestock operations, state and federal agencies said. Nitrogen pollution was ...

Introducing Beescape: A new online tool and community to support bees

UNIVERSITY PARK— A new online tool and community, called Beescape, enables beekeepers, or anyone interested in bees, to understand the specific stressors to which the bees in their managed hives, home gardens or farms are exposed, according to researchers at Penn State. “Pollinators, ...

Strawberry pollination is a complex and a tricky business

Next time you purchase strawberries from a grocery store or local grower/roadside stand, closely inspect one before you chomp down on it. What makes that berry so attractive to eat? Of course, a strawberry should taste sweet, but we buy with our eyes before out taste buds. Part of the ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 4/2/19 Strouse Electric 12-7 @ Liberty 13-6 Strouse Electric Adam Yarnell 98-5 Kevin Novosel 98-2 Mitchell Holden 96-4 Bob Marshall 96-3 Scott Kimble 96-3 Sam McCartney 95-2 Gib Moyer 94-3 Jeff Novosel 94-2 Team 767-24 Liberty Emory Gunsallus 99-4 Lance ...

Can native pollinators provide free services for growers?

With winter officially over and the warmer temperatures moving in, beekeepers will be able to open hives and fully assess their health. For some, it might be a search for the queen. Can she be spotted on any of the frames? If not, are there any eggs (evidence of the queen) or brood? ...

Eagle watches at Little Pine State Park

WATERVILLE - For the opening weekend of local trout season (April 13-14), we will again introduce the public to our resident Bald eagles. According to reports, the adults ,have been incubating eggs since February 23. Saturday’s programs are Eagle Watches at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ...