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TRR photos by Scott Rando

This bear has been caught red-pawed, foraging in a garbage can in Shohola, PA. Bears especially like communities where several homes are in close proximity of each other; it’s easier to “make the rounds” on garbage collection day. Try to wait and put out garbage on the day of pick-up to keep from getting an unwelcome visit.

Christmas bears

Early last week, a neighbor complained to me that a bear had carried her garbage from the trashcan to the edge of her yard.


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Early bird gets the bug

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER — Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) announces its 2019 catch-photograph-and-release team fishing event will be held April 26 to 28. Early-bird tickets for the annual fundraising banquet on April 26, which kicks off the river’s recreational season, are currently on sale until January 1, 2019 for $100.


Photo from the PA Department of Agriculture, by Erica Smyers

Spotted Lanternfly egg masses look like this on the bark of a tree, and become caked like mud over time. The PA Department of Agriculture is asking hunters to scrape them off with knives.

PA agriculture department assigns hunters new target

REGION — Now that hunting season has officially begun, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Penn State Extension are using the opportunity to encourage hunters to track a different prey: the Spotted Lanternfly.

Wildlife Leadership Academy

In summer of 2017, I had the privilege to attend the Wildlife Leadership Academy. This academy focuses on leadership skills and prepares youth to become conservation ambassadors. This week-long field school specialized in white-tailed deer and how they interact with their environment.


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Next stop NYC,

BEACH LAKE, PA — Two prospects emerged in recent correspondence received by Berlin Township: a rail link between Wayne/Pike Counties and New Jersey Transit and Amtrak networks; and bridge failure/flooding caused by beavers.


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The last straw

When someone orders a large, cold drink from most fast-food places, it typically comes in a plastic cup with a plastic lid and a plastic straw. It seems the plastic straw may soon become a thing of the past in many locations.


TRR photo by Amanda Reed

‘Close Encounters with Live Birds of Prey’

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will present the Delaware Valley Raptor Center’s live birds presentation, “Close Encounters with Live Birds of Prey,” in its historic Carriage House barn, on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Let these magnificent creatures captivate you. Eagles, owls, falcons and hawks will take the stage.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

As of August 2018, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System protects 12,754 miles of 209 rivers in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico—less than one-quarter of one percent of the nation’s rivers. New York has approximately 51,790 miles of river, of which 73.4 miles are designated as wild and scenic—roughly 1/10th of 1% of the state’s river miles. Currently the only New York waterway protected under this system is the Upper Delaware River.

Two to celebrate

In October, two significant 50-year anniversaries will be celebrated: the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act.

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