TRR photos by Sandy Long

The Delaware Highlands Mushroom Society is seeking photos of polypore mushrooms found in the Upper Delaware River region, such as this edible species, Chicken of the Woods. Polypores are also sometimes referred to as shelf mushrooms due to their tendency to grow from the sides of trees.

Fascinated with fungi?

You are walking along a forested trail when a glowing orange mass among the trees catches your attention. Closer inspection reveals it to be a beautiful bracket fungus commonly called Chicken of the Woods.

Outdoors fun at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), located at 538 Emery Rd., has a variety of entertainments planned for the whole family over the next couple of weekends. Unless otherwise noted, registration is required. call 570/828-2319 or email peec@peec.org

Creamworks to host farm tour

WAYMART, PA — The Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau will sponsor a legislative farm tour at Creamworks Creamery, 1557 Creek Dr., on August 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour will showcase the growth of Amy and Chuck Theobald’s dairy farm into a full-fledged creamery that produces value-added products such as flavored milks, butter and ice cream.

Guided nature walk

BETHEL, NY — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for a free guided Nature Walk on Saturday, August 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. The walk is held on the Conservancy’s woodland trail located within its Bethel, NY property—119 acres of conserved farm and forest land.

TRR photos by Scott Rando

This mink was rolling around when I first saw it, maybe trying to bask in what little sun was trying to sneak through a low-level stratus layer. They are more active at night and early mornings but can be seen during the day. 

The mind of a mink

I was walking along a lake on a Pennsylvania Game Land tract a few days back when I saw a dark furry shape in some grass not too far off. It was rolling around on its back in the dew-laden grass, seemingly without a care in the world.

TRR photos by Sandy Long

This beetle got a lift back to its natural habitat after finding itself stranded in my home. To relocate an insect, grab a cup and a card, or a sturdy piece of junk mail. Calmly place the cup over the insect, carefully slide the card underneath to gently trap the bug, then relocate it outdoors. As frightening as insects can sometimes appear, they are usually harmless and would like to be left alone. 

Don't bash that bug!

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.



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