Outdoors


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Spring peepers can be heard in wetlands and ponds and may be seen nearby on grass or roads. Their scientific name, Pseudacris crucifer, describes the cross pattern on the spring peeper’s back. Where one spring peeper is heard, you will hear many more. Male spring peepers call for several weeks during the breeding season.

Amphibians on the move

Over the past few weeks, you may have seen notices in social media and newspapers (including The River Reporter) regarding certain roads being closed down some nights in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation


TRR photo by Sandy Long
Switch off your lights in honor of Earth Hour on March 30, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Plan an appropriate activity highlighting this year’s focus—the biodiversity of life on Earth. Pen a poem or write a letter to the mighty Delaware River or your favorite animal or plant species.  Afterwards, share it through social media or send it to your local newspaper for possible publication to raise awareness of the tremendous natural resources that sustain our lives here.
 

An hour for the Earth

In an effort to inspire people around the world to take action in support of the planet and the natural world, a grassroots movement known as Earth Hour was launched in 2007.


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Ariel view of the Amawalk Outlet, to the left of the cloud.
 

Amawalk revisited

As fly fishers, we all have favorite rivers. Sometimes, one or more of those rivers plays a significant role in our lives, a role that isn’t evident in the first years. For me, that river was Amawalk Outlet.


Photo provided by Scott Rando

This is a bear cub from one of last year’s den visits. When they first emerge from the den in April, they weigh from four to six pounds, but grow close to 100 pounds as a yearling. As the latter part of March approaches, there should be more activity visible from the PGC bear-cam.

The bears’ live debut

Okay, so the groundhog may have lied, or, at least, led us slightly astray regarding the end of winter. It seems that March came in like a lion with some moderate, ice-laden storms followed by cold days with lows in the single digits.


Japanese knotweed is one of the most prevalent invasive plants impacting the Upper Delaware River region. Its showy white flowers and bamboo-like stalks make this abundant invasive easy to recognize.

Invasives and climate change

Were you aware that Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has developed a plan addressing climate change in the commonwealth?


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Harvesting the sap from maple trees as spring approaches.

Maple sugaring with the NPS to celebrate the coming of spring

BUSHKILL, PA — Join park rangers and volunteers on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a maple sugaring demonstration at Millbrook Village in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The experience will showcase the full process from tree to table, with woodstove and outdoor cooking demonstrations. Admission is free.

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