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Conditions improving daily

The fishing options around the Upper Delaware Region are improving. Over the last few days, our guides have been able to head out with guests and fish streamers, dry flies and nymphs. Based on the current week’s weather forecast, this trend should continue.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

A monarch butterfly is feeding on the nectar of a clover flower. Monarchs visit a variety of species of flowers in order to feed. Late in the summer is when the late-spring migrants are joined by newly emerged butterflies from eggs laid in mid to late July.

Monarch status for 2018

For most of the summer, people have been seen seeing monarch butterflies in almost every favorable habitat, whether it be a field, on public land, or your own garden. Also, many eggs have been observed being laid by female monarchs, as well as larvae, with their distinctive banding, as they feed on milkweed plants.


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Learn more about the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and enjoy the rolling hills of its Bethel, NY property at a free public picnic on Saturday, September 15.

Conservancy Firefly Picnic

BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces its annual Firefly Picnic, a free community event on Saturday, September 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Bethel, NY.


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Butterfly walk and plant and sip

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a butterfly walk on Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Learn about the wonderful world of butterflies with David Trently, on a search through the fields and around the ponds for butterflies and dragonflies. Registration is required. The cost is $5.


TRR photo by Krista Gromalski

The lumpy and velvety Inonotus dryadeus is a parasitic mushroom that causes root rot in oak trees in our region. It is often semi-circular or kidney-shaped, buff to yellowish in color and exudes drops of amber liquid from its margin when young.

Mad about mushrooms?

If you answered affirmatively to the question posed in the title of this column, you are not alone. Frankly, fungi are fascinating, not only for their ecological, medicinal and culinary properties, but also for the multitude of interesting forms in which they appear.


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Edible and medicinal plant walk

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will offer an edible and medicinal plant walk on Sunday, August 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Nature provides food and natural remedies for us in the form of many plants. Go on a hike where you will learn how to identify such plants.


TRR photos by Scott Rando 

Female turkeys and their poults have a similar appearance; however there is still a significant size difference in August, which makes it easy to tell them apart. There may be more than one female turkey present; an individual brood will frequently join with another to give the flock more than one female to keep a watchful eye out for the combined broods.

PA Game Commission looks for help in turkey survey

The PA Game Commission (PGC) again is looking for public help through the month of August for a turkey sighting survey. This is a citizen-science project where the number of adult male and female, and poult (young) turkeys are counted.


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.

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