Outdoors

Cross Country Skiing at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 538 Emery Rd. will host cross-country skiing sessions for beginners throughout January. Dates will be Sunday, January 14 and Sunday, January 21 from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and Sunday, January 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.


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Christmas bird count

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center at 583 Emery Rd. will help you participate in the National Audubon Society’s 118th annual Christmas Bird Count, the longest running citizen science survey in the world. It takes place on Monday, January 1 starting at 8 a.m.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

This dead tree serves as a smorgasbord for bird species such as woodpeckers, which have been feasting on insects that have also gained sustenance from it. 

Taking down the tree

For many of us at this time of year, the phrase “taking down the tree” refers to an activity we’ll find ourselves engaged in when the holiday season winds down.


TRR photo by Jane Bollinger

This is Sydney, the tame ruffed grouse that has been frequenting Jane Bollinger’s driveway and yard. When Jane took this picture, the grouse was about two feet away. One idea is that these “tame” grouse are hyper-territorial. Some of these grouse will peck your hand if you get it too close.

Sydney the grouse

The memories of ruffed grouse are usually of one or two birds at a time flushing suddenly from their hide and disappearing rapidly between the trees of the forest in a flourish of noisy wing beats. Hunters and other people who frequent the ruffed grouse’s habitat will say that the grouse is one of the most secretive birds in the woods.


Photo by Andy Smith

“Rapids on the Mongaup in the Fall,” by Andy Smith. The photo can be seen in color at www.riverreporter.com or www.nj.gov/drbc/basin/photo/photo-contest.html.
 

DRBC photo contest winner announced

WEST TRENTON, N.J. — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has announced that Andy Smith’s “Rapids on the Mongaup in the Fall” entry was chosen as the winner of the commission’s Fall 2017 Photo Contest. Seventy photographs were submitted by 21 individuals for the contest.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Our great niece, Sophia Gromalski and our new puppy, Raven enjoyed a recent hike at Shohola Recreation Area despite the chilly day. Children and canine family members can all benefit from adventures outside. Give your favorite young ones the gift of greater outdoor time together this holiday season. You will find yourself gifted with a healthier holiday season rich with priceless memories of your shared outdoor adventures.

"Opting out" with the kids

The holiday season is in full swing, and while that’s mostly a wonderful thing, our appetites for overconsumption can lead us astray at times.

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