Outdoors Stories


TRR photos by Scott Rando
The downy woodpecker is the most common woodpecker seen in the region as well as heard. One of its courtship calls is a “whinny.” Most woodpeckers can be attracted by seed or suet feeders. This is a male; the females have no red at all on their head.

Drumbeats in the woods

When March arrives and there are any trees at all around, many species of birds get an early start on breeding by trying to court a mate by means of calls. Calling birds are very apparent on even a short walk outdoors. If you listen, you can make out the tapping of woodpeckers as well.

Scholarship to Audubon family camp

NORTHEAST PA — The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society is offering a free scholarship for an adult and child to attend family camp on an island in Maine the week of August 13 to 18. The camp is designed for families with children ages eight to 13 years old (children must be in this age range at the time of camp).


TRR photos by Scott Rando
This pair of hooded mergansers were among the many waterfowl visitors saw last week in the river at Lackawaxen. The more brightly colored male is to the right.

Waterfowl Riverdance

The coming of spring brings to thought a diverse variety of events to different people. For some of us, the first thing to come to mind is the appearance of daffodils popping out of the ground. For others, the song of spring peepers calling in the early evening from wetlands and marshes.

Catskill Legends to be honored

LIVINGSTON MANOR — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will recognize three fly fishing individuals from the area as “Catskill Legends” during a ceremony at the annual Catskill Legends Dinner sponsored by Roscoe Beer on the opening day of trout season, Saturday, April 1.

Fishing season opens

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Trout fishing season opens in New York State on Saturday, April 1. The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) will be hosting several openingday activities. This year’s theme is “Fly Fishing is for Everyone,” with an effort to welcome newcomers to the sport.


Contributed photos by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
On March 10, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) forest rangers received notification of a 31-year-old male with a possible fractured femur near the summit of Whiteface Mountain in Essex County, NY. The subject was packaged into a litter and towed by snowmobile down the Whiteface Mountain Memorial Highway, then transferred to an ambulance for further treatment.

Rangers rock

I recently signed up to receive email news bulletins from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). One of the bulletins focuses on the important work done by DEC forest rangers, often with little public awareness of those activities. 


TRR photos by Scott Rando
This adult red-spotted newt was seen in a small pond along with at least 50 other individuals during the first week of March. The red spots that give this species its name are plainly visible on this adult.

Early sights of spring

Toward the end of February and the first few days of March, we had some mild weather with the temperature approaching 60° in some areas. Ice was completely gone or well on its way to being gone on most waterways, and I did a little hunting with eyes and ears for early frogs and salamanders.

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