One May afternoon, I happened to be working in the yard when I thought I heard the mournful call of a loon. I was almost done with my work, and when I was finished, I headed down to Walker Lake with a pair of binoculars to see if I could find what had made that noise.
I sat on a bench on my river bank remembering a childhood dream that one day I might live in a house on the Delaware River.
About three years ago, angling friends that fish Catskill rivers reported a decline in some traditional mayfly hatches. Of particular concern was the purported absence of sulphur mayflies, an eagerly awaited though somewhat-frustrating little fly.
I got to sit down with my wildlife enthusiast, lover-of-learning, friend Jes Welles, and pick her brain about fish. Jes is a biologist with an avid fondness for the Delaware River and its incredible natural history.
DELAWARE, NY — The start of spring brought summer topics to the Town of Delaware council meeting Wednesday night.
Did you know the beaver is New York State’s official mammal, or that it is North America’s largest rodent? I recently encountered the beaver depicted here and had the opportunity to observe it harvesting twigs from along an icy shoreline, then engaging in grooming activities.
The start of a new year usually means it’s time to move on from the past year’s local government activities and early January re-organizational meetings. Also, there’s been drama to keep up with over the partial federal government shutdown and the uncertain State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.
People have noticed a swan floating around on the river near the Narrowsburg Bridge lately. Though the feathered loner seems an unusual sight in the Catskills in January, it’s not, say conservation experts.
REGION — Seven environmental groups have come together to urge the governors of the four states that border the Delaware River to attend a summit in 2019 with all four governors, part of a campaign called 4 the Delaware. The governors are John Carney Jr.
REGION — Trout Unlimited (TU) will hold a webinar on Friday, November 16 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. discussing the results of its conservation planning/GIS analysis of the ecological impacts of Delaware River Basin pipelines and to show how its new interactive map can be put to use.