TRR photos by Scott Rando

Buffleheads arrive in the fall during the latter part of October. They can be seen on lakes until the water freezes. This species is a migrant; they head back to northern Canada in the middle of spring. Buffleheads are also diving ducks, but this species favors aquatic invertebrates and plant material.

Web-footed friends

Watching wildlife in the winter is a little more of a challenge than it is during the rest of the year. For one, there is the weather. You have to drive or hike to where you want to view wildlife, so let’s hope

TRR photos by Sandy Long

Red squirrels are approximately half the size of gray squirrels and sport reddish-brown fur with spiky ear tufts. This species is very feisty, energetic and territorial. They will fend off gray squirrels to protect food sources and dens.

Know your rodent

In the heart of winter, the landscape can seem especially dreary, brightened mainly by birds and the occasional white-tailed deer. But a glance around your backyard can clue you in to the antics of furry rodents that scurry about in search of sustenance to last through the season of snow and ice.

Pike farmers: Protect your land

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Agricultural Land Preservation (ALP) Board has extended the deadline for farmers to apply for funding that could permanently protect local agricultural lands. Property owners of farming lands that meet soil requirements and land compatibility are eligible to apply until April 30, 2019.

TRR photos by Scott Rando

The Great Backyard Bird Count commences

Are you looking for an excuse to get outdoors—or maybe not with the sub-zero temperatures experienced recently? Good news: If you can look out your window from that nice warm kitchen or living room and count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes, you can participate in the 22nd Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  

Photo from the Route 6 Alliance Facebook

Hank Loftus, center, of the Dorflinger Glass Museum and Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, received the “Do 6” Heritage Community of the Year Award.

Updates from the Route 6 Alliance: bike tourism and award nominations

PENNSYLVANIA — Travelers pedaling across the country and on rail-trails have the potential of helping the local economy in a sustainable, “green” way. That’s the message that PA Route 6 Alliance would like to see businesses and communities embrace.

 TRR photos by Sandy Long

Beaver are semi-aquatic mammals that weigh between 30 to 60 pounds and range in length from 20 to 25 inches with flat, textured, paddle-shaped tails approximately 10 to 15 inches long. The tails serve as rudders when swimming, store fat in winter, provide balance and act as a prop when the animal is cutting down trees. Beaver also use their tails to warn potential predators away with a loud slap on the surface of the water.

Beaver behavior

Did you know the beaver is New York State’s official mammal, or that it is North America’s largest rodent? I recently encountered the beaver depicted here and had the opportunity to observe it harvesting twigs from along an icy shoreline, then engaging in grooming activities.



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