Outdoors


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Fly fishing

Summer is here, and the big insect hatches of spring are just about over. For us fly fishermen, summer fishing is a much more laid-back time to fish. The choices for trout fishing are far more limited than during the cooler months, and the insect hatches are much less diverse.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This female with her two cubs was seen about two to three weeks after they emerged from their den. These cubs will grow rapidly; in a year, they may be close to 100 pounds. The female is also wearing a radio collar. The PA Game Commission uses the collars to keep track of the number and health of cubs produced each year from selected dens.

Bears on the wild side

Bears on the wild side


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Paddle on Lake Lacawac

LAKE ARIEL, PA —  There will be an afternoon paddle on Lake Lacawac at the Lacawac Sanctuary on Saturday, June 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet at the Carriage House. Boats, paddles and life jackets are all provided. Personal life jackets may be used.

The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for members.


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BioBlitz scheduled for June 30

STARLIGHT, PA — The Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 near the intersection of Hancock Highway and Crosstown Highway. At a BioBlitz, biologists and volunteers gather to collect, identify, and catalogue every living thing on the designated property in a 24-hour period.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

I chanced upon this encounter between an earthworm, at left, and a slug while walking on a dirt road. Both species exhibited considerable interest in the other. Some slugs consume earthworms. Both are hermaphrodites, meaning that each individual carries male and female reproductive organs. Neither is harmful to humans.

Slug season

Summer officially arrived on June 21, heralding the return of some critters we might prefer not to share our lives and regional landscape with.


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 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.

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