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Five-year-old Luke was all smiles when showing off his bucket of eggs collected at the annual Easter eggstravaganza held in the Town of Bethel last weekend.

I won’t grow up

That song, sung by Mary Martin in the musical version of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” and the sentiment it expressed, has stayed with me since I first heard it at age five. “I won’t grow up, I don’t want to wear a tie. Or a serious expression, in the middle of July.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Learn more about wood frogs and other amphibians at Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, PA, during Vernal Visitation on April 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. East Stroudsburg University professor Dr. Thomas LaDuke will probe the waters of the sanctuary for amphibians. Also, In Search of Spring Migrants is scheduled for April 28 from 8 to 10 a.m., during which experts from the Northeast PA Audubon Society hike through the sanctuary seeking spring migrants. Call 570/689-9494 or email info@lacawac.org for more information. At the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry, PA, explore breeding pools during Salamanders, Frogs and More, slated for April 8 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; or look for tiny tree frogs during the Spring Peeper Search on April 21 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Assisting amphibians

After seeming like it might never arrive in the Upper Delaware River region, spring has finally sprung. While walking in a forested area in Pike County, PA last week, I heard the unmistakable “quacking” calls of wood frogs emanating from a vernal pool. Soon these will be followed by the riotous “eeps” of spring peepers.

Trout season 2018

The 2018 trout season is now open in New York State (Pennsylvania will have to wait a bit longer, until April 14). As is normally the case, our local rivers are running a bit high and very cold. These conditions should continue for a while since there is rain in the forecast and some snow still melting off.

Rite of spring

The “Rite of Spring” is a ballet by Stravinsky, but on the Port Jervis train, the rite of spring refers to opening day of trout season here in New York. Much like the original performance of the ballet in Paris, there are near riots near the popular fishing holes of the streams in the Upper Delaware Valley.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

These cubs, about three months old, need to be kept warm during their processing, so there are usually a few extra people along on the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) den surveys to act as “cub warmers.” These cubs, which weighed about five to eight pounds. are growing as they nurse from their mother. Mom, however, loses about 30% of her body mass during the hibernation.

Counting cubs in PA

During the third week of March, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a PA bear survey in Pike and Monroe Counties. Every year around mid-March, the PA Game Commission (PGC) surveys known bear dens and checks on the litter of young cubs that were born in January. By mid-March, the cubs are big enough to process.


TRR photo by Kristin Barron

Outside my window

I know I am pressing my luck dallying away these day-lit hours as I postpone writing this column.

But I am content to do nothing today but bask in the warmth of my house, with the luxuries of running water and Wi-Fi, as we wait out the second of two March nor’easters.


Art teacher Vince Sanborn explained how painter Lenny Dalby is able to utilize a rotating board in order to create works of art while painting with his foot during the opening reception for the SullivanARC exhibit “Expressions 2018.”

Speechless

Mark your calendars. It’s a “red-letter day” in the Fox household, for I am quite literally at a loss for words. There are reasons for my sudden lack of (audible) commentary, and I’ve spent the past few days doing more listening than talking, causing most of the Upper Delaware River region to heave a collective sigh of relief and take note.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Pike and Wayne counties are blessed with abundant and beautiful waterways like the Lackawaxen River, which was named River of the Year in 2010 by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The annual recognition raises awareness of the important recreational, ecological and historical resources associated with the state’s rivers and streams and underscores the importance of maintaining healthy waterways.

Water wellness awareness

According to the Foundation for Pennsylvania Wetlands, the Keystone state has more miles of streams and rivers than any other state except Alaska. Those waterways are of prime importance to the human and non-human lives that depend upon them.

Vulnerability

“Look at me man, I’m in danger…”
— David Bowie, “Lazarus”

It starts with just a flicker.

You’re in your warm house; you’re sipping your coffee, listening to music, chatting with a friend on your phone.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Cathy Daboul, center, surrounded by fellow event committee members, welcomed guests to the Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce Winter Warm-Up at the Carriage House last Saturday evening.

Déjà vu (all over again)

Webster’s defines it as “a feeling of having already experienced the present situation.” In other words: it’s snowing. Again. The dictionary further states that it can be interpreted as “tedious familiarity” and www.dictionary.com calls it “disagreeable sameness.” Yeah. What they said.

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