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Outdoors

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. ...

Easy to be green: Time to get out and prune

As I have mentioned before, now is the time to get out and do any necessary pruning. Hopefully you read the article from the 16th where the Master Gardeners were shown proper pruning techniques at the fairgrounds. Just remember, you do not prune everything this time of year. When in doubt or ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Matches for 3/26/19 Liberty 12-6 @ Markovich Const. Inc. 18-0 Liberty Emery Gunsallus 98-4 Scott Rogers 98-3 Rick Bowman 97-5 Lenny Young Jr. 97-4 Brett Glossner 96-2 Allan Muthler Jr. 95-2 Eric Hollobaugh 94-1 Bob Fenton 94-1 Team 769-22 Juniors Lance Bowman ...

Please don’t kiss your chickens!

At your local Tractor Supply, Rural King, and farm supply stores, “Chick Days” are in full swing with Easter right around the corner. This means the inevitable sounds of chicks peeping, ducklings quacking, and children and adults alike squealing from the uncontrollable cuteness. However, ...

Overall harvest largest since 2004-05 license year

LOCK HAVEN — Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported today. The 2018-19 deer harvest topped the previous year’s ...

Bald Eagle Rifle League

Make up matches for 2/12/19 Liberty 11-4 @ Avis 2-13 Liberty Lenny Young Jr. 98-6 Park Lane 97-5 Scott Rodgers 97-4 Clayton Foster 96-5 Bob Fenton 96-5 Collin Foster 96-4 Emery Gunsallus 96-3 Lions Hinton 94-4 Team 770-36 Avis Chad Marshall 98-7 Nathan Clinger ...