Willie chased flies. I went with him a few times and it was not at all productive. Willie was William Dorato, inventor of the Dorato Hares Ear, a fly he designed a long time ago, to imitate early-season mating caddis. Years ago we shared a camp on the East Branch, and if things were quiet on that river, he would get twitchy and off we’d go.
With summer in full swing, many of us are spending as much time as possible enjoying recreational activities on regional waters. This increases the likelihood that we might encounter one of the Upper Delaware River Valley’s common reptiles, the Northern Water Snake.
NORTHEAST PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) offers free residential energy assessments to home owners in Wayne, Pike, and Lackawanna counties. Learn how your home uses and loses energy and take steps to start saving money on energy costs.
PIKE COUNTY, PA — Pike County’s Scenic Rural Character Preservation program (SRCP) has dedicated $517,868 for 19 planning projects, benefitting nine municipalities. In addition, SRCP funds have helped to leverage $580,000 in additional state grants, increasing the amount of funding coming into Pike County for planning projects.
BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a free guided nature walk on the Conservancy’s woodland trail—located on its 119 acres of conserved farm and forestland in Bethel—on Saturday, July 22 from 2 to 4 p.m Learn about what you see and hear as you spend time enjoying the outdoors—and help find and identify the plants and wildlif
Now that summer is here and the kids are out of school, there are a lot of folks up in our region who are enjoying the mountains, lakes, rivers and all things that come with it. We share nature’s amenities with a very diverse variety of wildlife.
LAKE ARIEL, PA — There will be a seminar on lake water quality issues, such as films of algae and fishy smells, at Lacawac Sanctuary on Sunday, July 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.
LIBERTY, NY — Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s 4-H Youth Development Shooting Sports program is bringing its environmental education focus area to the next level by introducing a Trout in the Classroom conservation project for youth, set to begin in the fall of 2017.
The Upper Delaware River region is blessed with interesting reptiles, among them the turtles we see moving about right now. Some, like the snapping turtle, have healthy populations and are commonly observed, while others, such as the wood turtle, are infrequently encountered due to declining populations.
Recently I joined students from across the state who converged at the Stone Valley Recreation Area in Petersburg, PA from June 13 and 17. They were selected by the Wildlife Leadership Academy to attend the Bucktails Field School.