Outdoors


TRR photos by Hunter Hill

This little guy was a pleasure to meet, and we helped him on his way to water by bypassing a pesky fence.

Turtles, trout, bears—oh my!

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you seem to run into more wildlife than you normally do, particularly wildlife that you rarely ever see? I had one of those weeks and, as usual, I count myself blessed for the rare opportunities that have been afforded me.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

A grandmother and her grandchildren explore the lowland area and its wetland, where we spotted amphibians, insects and a host of spring ephemeral wildflowers and ferns.

Capturing the confluence

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy hosted an educational walk last weekend focused on native plants at the Milford Experimental Forest, a 1,191-acre property in Milford, PA. Amanda Subjin of the Conservancy and Garrett


TRR photos by Tony Bonavist

An evening with Cinnamon Caddis and other adventures

I almost didn’t go fishing today. First, there was a luncheon in Rhinebeck; then I had to walk the dog, load the car and get gas. My negative side complains, “It’s a long drive, the water’s been high, the hatches are off, I’ll get home late and be by myself.” It is not good to be alone, late at night, in the boonies of Delaware County...


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This immature red-spotted newt is commonly called a “red eft.” A few appear on shaded forest floors in late April, but many more come out during the first part of May. This species spends a few years in their immature stage on land before changing to a green color, growing a keel on their tails and returning to a pond as adults.

Spring’s clock is ticking

Now that May is here, the weather promises to be milder. By now, it is usually safe to put the more tender plants out without danger of frost. In fact, over the last week of April at lower elevations, trees have started to bud.


TRR photos by Hunter Hill

Fish, eagles and such

With spring and Easter comes the opening of trout season for local outdoorsman. For some, the hype is only for that opening day—a day to take their children to a local pond or stream and harvest some of the newly stocked trout.


Photo contributed by the NCSP
The National Canoe Safety Patrol (NCSP) started in 1979—a group of volunteer paddlers from area canoe clubs—and has doubled in membership since.

National Canoe Safety Patrol celebrates 40th season

One day in the middle of summer, 2012, Marc Magnus-Sharpe, his son John and his wife Sarah drove three hours from Ithaca to Sullivan County, as they did on so many days in so many summers, to paddle on the Delaware River.


Photo from Pixabay

Commodore ‘Just Around the Bend’

Carla Hauser Hahn—then Carla Hauser—was a 26-year-old member of the National Park Service (NPS) in 1980, its first year of operation in the Upper Delaware area.

One day, while receiving training from the National Canoe Safety Patrol, her boss turned to her and said, “Carla, are you going on the river?”

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