Outdoors

Chasin' flies

Willie chased flies. I went with him a few times and it was not at all productive. Willie was William Dorato, inventor of the Dorato Hares Ear, a fly he designed a long time ago, to imitate early-season mating caddis. Years ago we shared a camp on the East Branch, and if things were quiet on that river, he would get twitchy and off we’d go.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

This Northern Water Snake is preparing to shed its skin, as indicated by the cloudy bluish appearance of its eyes, due to the old skin and lymph fluid secreted to enable shedding.

Know the Northern Water Snake

With summer in full swing, many of us are spending as much time as possible enjoying recreational activities on regional waters. This increases the likelihood that we might encounter one of the Upper Delaware River Valley’s common reptiles, the Northern Water Snake.

Free energy assessments

NORTHEAST PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) offers free residential energy assessments to home owners in Wayne, Pike, and Lackawanna counties. Learn how your home uses and loses energy and take steps to start saving money on energy costs.


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Participants enjoy a nature walk on the property of the Delaware Highlands Consevancy in Bethel, NY

Guided nature walk

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a free guided nature walk on the Conservancy’s woodland trail—located on its 119 acres of conserved farm and forestland in Bethel—on Saturday, July 22 from 2 to 4 p.m Learn about what you see and hear as you spend time enjoying the outdoors—and help find and identify the plants and wildlif


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This bear is waking up from the amnesia drugs used in order to safely process it. A 225-pound male, it was trapped near bear damaged bee hives and deemed a nuisance bear. (Note: No electric fence was present when the bear breached the chain link fence and did the damage.)

Just the ‘bear’ facts

Now that summer is here and the kids are out of school, there are a lot of folks up in our region who are enjoying the mountains, lakes, rivers and all things that come with it. We share nature’s amenities with a very diverse variety of wildlife.


TRR photo by Sandy Long

Snapping turtles are a large aquatic species which can be found in most fresh water habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and swamps. Adults typically weigh between 15 and 45 pounds and can reach a shell length of 12 inches. The dark upper shells feature tones of brown, black or olive, with off-white or gray undersides. Many accumulate mossy layers of vegetation. The skin is typically brown, black, or gray, and their tails are large and serrated. Legs are thick and the feet have pronounced claws. The face is often characterized by a wizened appearance. Powerful jaws are used to capture prey, and to defend if provoked, but snappers will usually attempt to avoid confrontation if possible.
 

Turtle primer

The Upper Delaware River region is blessed with interesting reptiles, among them the turtles we see moving about right now. Some, like the snapping turtle, have healthy populations and are commonly observed, while others, such as the wood turtle, are infrequently encountered due to declining populations.

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