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TRR photos by Scott Rando

This is the female young which is a few days short of three weeks old. Like many raptors, the peregrine falcon is sexually dimorphic; the female is slightly larger than the male on average. Even in this brood, this female was slightly heavier than its male sibling: 610 grams vs. 420 grams. The ear orifice can be seen to the lower left of the eye.

Peregrine falcons return to historical cliff nest site

When we think of peregrine falcons nowadays, we think of them nesting on high building ledges and bridge superstructures in urban areas.


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A night with brown drakes

My friend called this morning to see if I was loose to go fishing. He said the flows had dropped significantly, and the river was fishable for the first time in weeks. We talked and set a time to meet. On the way he asked where I wanted to fish. I said, “How about that section on the lower river, where we just obtained permission?


TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

Roger Daltrey wowed the crowd at Bethel Woods with a tribute to “Tommy.”

Puppet shows, plays and parades

Even though I maintain that the “Three Ps” are my bread and butter, I’m not really complaining (go figure), but rather attempting to encapsulate what would otherwise be a very lengthy explanation of what I do for those who dare to inquire.

The best and the worst

Some famous words come to mind as I follow ongoing research and policy relating to climate change: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring


TRR photos by Sandy Long
Natural wonders come in many forms, such as this strand of eggs deposited by an American toad. Tuning in to their presence is a multi-sensory skill that goes beyond simple observation. Learn how to develop this skill and improve your photography during my “Wonder Watch” walk on June 30 at 10 a.m. Bring your digital camera or smartphone to capture the natural wonders of the Gales Property at the 2018 Upper Delaware BioBlitz in Starlight, PA. A limited number of macro and wide angle lenses will be available for use with smartphone cameras. The lens kits are provided by the event’s fiscal sponsor, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

Upper Delaware BioBlitz is back

Don’t miss this! On June 29 and 30, the fourth Upper Delaware BioBlitz will return to the site where it was launched in 2013—the 63.5 acre Gales Property in Starlight, PA.


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Do I need a thousand words to describe what’s happening here? I think not, unless you are unfamiliar with the Sullivan Renaissance mascot. Oh, have I said too much? 

A picture is worth a thousand words

Or so they say. I suppose it depends on who is taking the picture and what the subject matter is, but with my arm in a sling (and a song in my heart), I ventured out into the world last week to see what I could see, the idea being that if I could capture photos illustrating where I was, then fewer words (you’re welcome) would be called for.


Artist Justin Rowles rendition of the Narrowsburg fire.

Fire and rain

In May, the lilacs bloom, trees are in leaf, and the lawn wants its first mowing. Eagles are busy hunting, feeding their hungry hatchlings almost constantly. A parade of brightly colored migrant birds stops at the feeders. Ducklings follow their mothers around the eddy, learning to evade the eagles.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Wood frogs have finished their breeding activity in the vernal ponds that they favor. During the summer, they are not near water, but you can find them on forest floors, usually well camouflaged.

'Tis the season of the frog

If you pay attention to what you see and hear when outside and equate it to the time of year, you have just practiced the science of phenology: the study of when events happen with given species of plants or animals.

'Bug Week' 2018

For fly fishermen who chase trout in the Upper Delaware River system, the first week of June has always been referred to as “Bug Week.” In most years, this week will offer the season’s most diverse selection of different active insect species.

Fawns of spring

Their noses leave a ghost impression as they press against the window of the train. Others scurry across the aisle to catch a glimpse, if only for a fleeting moment. The “oohs and ahha” bring a grin to this jaded face of mine, but I enjoy the scene before me none the less.

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