TRR photos by Sandy Long

As of August 2018, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System protects 12,754 miles of 209 rivers in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico—less than one-quarter of one percent of the nation’s rivers. New York has approximately 51,790 miles of river, of which 73.4 miles are designated as wild and scenic—roughly 1/10th of 1% of the state’s river miles. Currently the only New York waterway protected under this system is the Upper Delaware River.

Two to celebrate

In October, two significant 50-year anniversaries will be celebrated: the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act.

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Mid-summer fly fishing report

During the summer months, everything about the river environment happens at a much slower pace. Every year by our current date the insect hatches and the trout’s behavior fall into a very predictable daily routine. In stark contrast to the slower trout fishing, it is prime time for pursuing smallmouth bass with the fly.

TRR photos by Scott Rando

This hummingbird clearwing moth was found sharing nectar from a milkweed plant. This moth is fascinating to watch as it mimics a ruby-throated hummingbird, hovering near flowers and taking nectar with its long proboscis while in flight. Even its wing beat frequency is similar, with 85 Hz (cycles per second) for the moth vs. 60-80 Hz for the hummingbird.

The summer flight of butterflies

If you walk out the door during this time of year, the first insect you will likely notice is a butterfly or moth. They are easy to spot as they are typically brightly colored and larger than many flying insects. Even at night, you will run into multiple species of moths, as well as other flying insects that are attracted to artificial light.

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Wood crafts and woodworking techniques will be demonstrated at the 14th annual Festival of Wood

Free giveaways at Festival of Wood

MILFORD, PA – Colorful forest posters, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl items, and a variety of educational literature and handouts will be distributed for free at the 14th Annual Festival of Wood on August 4 and August 5 at Grey Towers National Historic Site. The U.S.

TRR file photo by Scott Rando​

Upcoming at PEEC: paddles and frogs

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — There will be a “Bridge the Gap” day paddle down the Delaware River on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Rd. Bring a lunch and a water bottle and dress for the weather. PEEC will provide extra water and snacks. Choose between a canoe or kayak.

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Trout stocking program is open

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District has started its annual trout stocking program. If you are interested in stocking your pond with trout, fathead minnows, or crawfish this fall, the district will accept orders until Monday, September 24. Rainbow and brook trout are being offered for sale.

TRR photos by Sandy Long

Melding science and art, NACL Streets performed its new work, “Trees,” at the 2018 Upper Delaware BioBlitz, adjacent to the base camp collection area where teams of scientists shared their finds with the public. The provocative piece explored how trees are connected and what humans can learn about community from trees. 

Artful science

In last week’s “River Talk” column, Scott Rando summarized the scientific outcomes of the 2018 Upper Delaware Bioblitz.



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