Outdoors


TRR photos by Sandy Long

These reproductions of, from left, a coyote skull, a white-tailed deer skull and an opossum skull will be used by students in Pike and Wayne county high schools to study mammals inhabiting the Upper Delaware River region in preparation for the 33rd annual Pike/Wayne Envirothon.
 

Studying ahead with skulls

With Halloween fading in the rearview mirror, we’ve certainly seen our share of skeletons, skulls and bones adorning houses and businesses in the Upper Delaware River region.


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Fly Fishing Hall of Fame inductees

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — A pioneering environmentalist, a 16th century author and poet, and “an advocate for the environment” will be inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 3, at 1 p.m. at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum (CFFCM). They are Nathaniel Reed, Charles Cotton and Fran Verdolina.


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NACL Streets will perform “Trees” at the Pike County Conservation District Annual Dinner on November 1 at Silver Birches in Hawley, PA.

PCCD dinner to feature ‘Trees’

HAWLEY, PA — This year, the Pike County Conservation District annual dinner will feature a live performance of “Trees” by NACL Streets, NACL Theatre’s street performance troupe. “Trees” is about the connectivity, communication and co-operative existence in forests.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Against a contrasting background such as water or snow, deer are pretty easy to see; but if they are near the side of the road, they may be concealed by mountain laurel, rhododendron, or similar understory vegetation. These deer won’t be visible until out in the roadway.

Be careful: deer are afoot

When the leaves start to turn and the need arises to burn the first fire in the woodstove, hunters are afield for whitetail deer, either by archery or muzzleloader. The rutting season for deer starts this time of year, and rutting-age bucks are on the move, sporting antlers to spar with other competing males as they seek suitable females.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

True to its nocturnal nature, this Eastern red-backed salamander was on the move past midnight, making its way through the rain-dampened leaf litter. Though the stripe along the back in this species is usually more reddish, this specimen sported a pale orange coloration.

Fall afoot

As fall advances in the Upper Delaware River region, signs of animal activity remind us that winter is on its way. For now, the colorful foliage claims our attention, and it’s easy to spot the heightened movement of squirrels and chipmunks as they prepare for the leaner months.


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Students from Wallenpaupack Area High School prepare to survey  crayfish in Raymondskill Creek in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. They are Max Olsson, left, Jillian Tait, Paulina Schmidt, Marlee Olsson, Robbie Opalecky, Charles Olsson and Ann Olsson. 

Students study rusty crayfish

PIKE COUNTY, PA — A Pike County Conservation District (PCCD) $500 Environmental Education Grant recently supported an invasive species sampling project conducted by students in the Wallenpaupack High School Environmental Club. The grant helped to purchase project equipment.


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Dr. Michael Kudish is seen in first-growth forest on Middle Mountain, north of Livingston Manor, NY.   

First-growth forest

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors will host two public programs, one indoors and one outdoors, focused on the Catskill forest. They will be presented by Dr. Michael Kudish, who will give a talk on Saturday, October 13 at 4:30 p.m. and lead a field trip on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

A male eagle is seen in its flight enclosure at the Delaware Valley Raptor Center just before being taken to a release site. Various types of perch are placed in the enclosure for eagles to fly back and forth to. This is also a tool for rehabilitators to assess the ability for eagles to perch from flight and “hit its mark.”

Storm-injured eagle goes back into the wild

During the spring of this year, the region experienced an outbreak of severe weather in the form of thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes in a couple of locations and damaging winds in many other areas.


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Fall on the Henry’s Fork

Fall in the Rocky Mountain West arrives early, especially at elevations above 5,000 feet. So it was no surprise to find aspens along the banks of the Henry’s Fork in southern Idaho ablaze with yellow when we arrived in Island Park. It was mid-September.

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