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May 25, 2016
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REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.

Schedule

Hike to learn about Battle of Minisink

BARYVILLE, NY — Park Ranger Tim Oset will lead a guided walk through the Minisink Battleground Park on Saturday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m.  Read more

Map and compass reading, an old-school skill

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. reconnect with a skill set that is rapidly disappearing. Morgan Outdoors is hosting a 90-minute course in Reading Map & Compass for adults.

Learn how to interpret a topographic map, to better understand the lay of the land, and use of a compass for navigation. These simple, increasingly forgotten skills are practical to know and help us reconnect with a world often overlooked in busy lives.  Read more

Grey Towers hike features geology, forests and history of Sawkill Gorge

MILFORD, PA — A hike that will showcase the forests, geology and history of the Sawkill Gorge is planned for Saturday, July 13, at Grey Towers National Historic Site. Reservations are required and group size is limited for this free, public hike.  Read more

Bear encounters

DAMASCUS, PA — Casey and Sally Halma of Beaver Lake in Damascus Township, PA stopped by The River Reporter offices last week wanting to share their photos of a peaceful encounter with a mother black bear and her two cubs. It happened on Friday, June 21 in early afternoon in their yard when the bear came right up to their porch steps. They saw her scratching in the grass where a bird feeder had spilled over.

“We didn’t even know the two cubs were there,” explained Casey, “until she stood up and scratched at the tree, and we saw two cubs climb down.”  Read more

Boating safety course offered

HAWLEY, PA — A basic boating safety course will be held Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. The presenter is Waterways Conservation Officer Bob Plumb of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).  Read more

River Sojourn luncheon

GREELEY, PA — Members and friends of The Lackawaxen River Conservancy (TLRC) who are not participating in the Lackawaxen River leg of the Delaware River Sojourn on Monday, June 24 are invited to join the sojourners at lunch at the Wicksnes property, on the Greeley side of the river just upstream from the Rowland Bridge.  Read more

Summer bird hike

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — A summer birding hike will be held Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. The presenter is Sarah Hall of the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society.

Learn to identify the birds you will see around the lake this time of the year. Pass the osprey nest and take a stroll on the Wallenpaupack Creek Trail for bird watching. Registration is not required for this free program. Visit www.peec.org or call 570/828-2319.

First Upper Delaware BioBlitz coming to Wayne County

UPPER DELAWARE REGION — An unusual opportunity to experience the diversity of life on a unique parcel of private property, and to interact with renowned scientists who will travel to Northeastern Wayne County to catalogue those life forms, will occur on June 29 during the first Upper Delaware BioBlitz.

During the event, biologists and volunteers will gather to collect and identify as many living things as possible on a demarcated property in a 24-hour period. The public is invited to experience the results at the host property owned by the Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Starlight, PA.  Read more

Wallenpaupack Communities Association meeting

HAWLEY, PA — Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD) will update the community on actions that they are taking to monitor water quality and to maintain good quality. The presentation will touch on new mandates for onsite water and sewer systems and will be held Saturday, June 15 from 8 to 11 a.m. at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.  Read more

Learn about forest landowner projects on guided tour

MILFORD, PA — Grey Towers National Historic Site will hold a driving tour on Saturday, June 15 of privately owned forested properties located within the Upper Delaware River Basin in northeast Pennsylvania.

Learn how participation in the Common Waters Fund helps landowners conserve and manage their forests. Learn how healthy forests in this region provide clean drinking water for more than 15 million people downstream and how the health and existence of these forests are threatened by the pressures of development.  Read more

Guided hike to explore Mongaup River Trail

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Park Rangers Susie Kaspar and Josh Poston will host a guided hike of the Mongaup River Trail on June 15 at 10:30 a.m. This two-mile linear trail provides a moderate hike with abundant opportunities to view eagles, wildlife and waterfowl.

Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring plenty of water, snacks, sunglasses, bug spray, binoculars, as well as a hat. The hike is free and is for the young as well as the experienced hiker.  Read more

Summer outdoor programs at Varden

VARDEN, PA — Varden Conservation Area (VCA) will hold two environmental education programs before the end of June.

The first will be a bluebird walk on Thursday, June 20. Gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Western Wayne Middle School parking lot. The Bluebird Trail at VCA has bluebird boxes that are monitored weekly. The hike will use Wildcat Trail to access Bluebird Trail, and at each box participants can find baby birds. The 1.5-mile hike is easy to moderate.  Read more

Workshop on geocaching at PPL

HAWLEY, PA — Kevin “CaptainMath” DeVizia of the Tri-State Geocachers will present “Thanks for the cache!” a geocaching workshop, on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

Join DeVizia for a session introducing the sport of geocaching, the fast-growing hobby in which you use a handheld GPS device or a smartphone to find hidden containers called “geocaches.”  Read more

‘Get Outdoors Day’ events

GREENTOWN, PA — On Saturday, June 8, Promised Land State Park staff and the Leave-No-Trace Traveling Trainers from Boulder, CO will host a daylong series of programs.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet the visiting Leave-No-Trace trainers and park staff at the tables near the food concession in the Day Use Area.

Introduction to Kayaking Session 1 will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Day Use Beach Area, and Session 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. Usage fee is $5 to borrow the park’s kayaks, or bring your own kayak or canoe. Join Carissa Longo, environmental education specialist, to learn how to paddle.  Read more

Owl boxes support wildlife and education

LIBERTY, NY — After taking a substantial cut from the county budget, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Sullivan County put out an emergency appeal to its supporters. Many people came forward with monetary donations, offers to volunteer, and most recently an offer to build screech owl boxes to sell.  Read more

Native Plants Walk in Pike County

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a native plants walk on Saturday, June 8 at the Beaver Run Hunting and Fishing Club property from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Renowned author and botanist Dr. Ann Rhoads will lead the walk and discuss native plants and their habitats.  Read more

Pocono waterfall tour

HAWLEY, PA — In celebration of National Trails Day, join naturalist Sue Thompson for a day-tour of the area’s waterfalls on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at and return to PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.

Learn about the history, flora and fauna of these sites. Trails to falls will be easy to moderate walks. Wear hiking shoes/boots. Bring picnic lunch. Fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages five to 12. Registration required. Call 570/253-4006.

Cicada mania at PEEC

DINGMAN’S FERRY, PA — As the ground warms, periodical cicadas that have spent the last 17 years underground will emerge and take to the skies. On Saturday, June 1, the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a program focusing on these insects. The class will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person.  Read more

Park service seeks volunteers to be watershed stewards

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY — Building off a program that began in 2012 in cooperation with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is looking to recruit volunteers to be Watershed Stewards for the 2013 visitor season from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Read more

Celebrate National Trails Day with a hike of the Tusten Mountain Trail

NARROWSBURG, NY — Celebrate National Trails Day by joining Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Park Rangers on Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. for an informative guided hike on the Tusten Mountain Trail. This free hike will meet at the Tusten Mountain Trail head, which is located at the Ten Mile River Access on Crawford Road.  Read more