nature


Photo from The Outside Institute website
 

Laura Silverman on nature

BEACH LAKE, PA — Naturalist, forager and writer Laura Silverman will be speaking at the Berlin Township Community Center on Sunday, February 10 at 10:15 a.m. about the healing and transformative powers of nature and the ways we can bring the wild into our lives on a daily basis.


Photo from the Route 6 Alliance Facebook

Hank Loftus, center, of the Dorflinger Glass Museum and Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, received the “Do 6” Heritage Community of the Year Award.

Updates from the Route 6 Alliance: bike tourism and award nominations

PENNSYLVANIA — Travelers pedaling across the country and on rail-trails have the potential of helping the local economy in a sustainable, “green” way. That’s the message that PA Route 6 Alliance would like to see businesses and communities embrace.


TRR photo by Amanda Reed

Snow, frigid air, rain

REGION — The snow and rainstorm followed by frigid arctic air left some neighborhoods in the region shimmering with a coating of ice.  By the time this issue of the paper hits mailboxes in the area the precipitation should once again be coming down in the form of rain.


Photo from Wikimedia Commons
 

Animal tracking

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Ever wonder what kind of animal left behind those tracks? Does all the rustling in the brush make you curious?

Wild medicine

PORT JERVIS, NY — The HUB at the Port Jervis Library will host a wild medicinal herbs class, taught by herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room.


TRR photo by Sandy Long

This deceased shrew was discovered atop the dam at the Shohola Recreation Area in Shohola, PA, where it might have been dropped by a predator that mistook it for a mouse. Because shrews secrete an offensive musky odor, predators will sometimes choose not to eat this prey. In addition to predation by animals such as owls, herons, hawks, weasels and foxes, shrews also succumb to starvation, rapid temperature changes, accidents and battles with other shrews.

Shrews: short-lived and sassy

Have you ever seen a shrew? Chances are good that the answer is no, given their secretive nature and relatively brief life spans of approximately 18 to 20 months. 


TRR photo by Sandy Long

This juvenile American woodcock was photographed at the Shohola Recreation Area in Shohola, PA. Woodcock primarily breed in the northern United States and Southern Canada and overwinter in the southern United States. 

Woodcock whereabouts

One of the most interesting birds with which we share habitat in the Upper Delaware River region is the American woodcock. With its long needle-like beak, plumpish rounded body and peculiar bobbing gait, it is undoubtedly also one of the most adorable birds to behold.

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