A big black beetle crawls across your kitchen floor as you patter past in your bare feet. A sense of panic sets in. What to do? Smash it to smithereens? NO! NO! NO! Despite their sometimes frightful appearance, insects are fascinating and wonderful creatures, often harmed out of fear and a lack of knowledge.
HUGUENOT, NY — The Town of Deerpark Museum Committee will host a Star Party at Harriet Space Park on Route 209 on Friday, August 4. The guided trip through the galaxy will begin at 8 p.m. William Istone, adjunct professor of science and engineering at SUNY, will provide the narrative.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM), 1031 Old Rte. 17, is displaying an exhibit of paintings of trout by watercolorist Steven Weinberg in the Wulff Gallery. The exhibition will remain through September 5, including during Summerfest on August 5 and 6.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Water and Soil 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 be accepting orders until Monday, September 18. Rainbow and brook trout are being offered for sale.
A month or so back, I was on a bird walk and we passed a small shallow pond. A frog was spotted on the far side of the pond, a little too far for a close look with binoculars. It looked like it could have been a green frog. Someone said, “That’s a bullfrog, it’s got a green head and brown back!” Was he right or wrong?
For us fly fishermen the warm summer months are the prime time to pursue the Upper Delaware’s other game fish. Now that the river has warmed up, smallmouth bass rule the lower river.
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Rd., has a seris of events planned for the next two weekends that will give you an opportunity to explore on foot or by boat, and get up close with critters from dragonflies to frogs. Registration is required unless otherwise noted.
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.