Outdoors


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This bear is waking up from the amnesia drugs used in order to safely process it. A 225-pound male, it was trapped near bear damaged bee hives and deemed a nuisance bear. (Note: No electric fence was present when the bear breached the chain link fence and did the damage.)

Just the ‘bear’ facts

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.


TRR photo by Sandy Long

Snapping turtles are a large aquatic species which can be found in most fresh water habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and swamps. Adults typically weigh between 15 and 45 pounds and can reach a shell length of 12 inches. The dark upper shells feature tones of brown, black or olive, with off-white or gray undersides. Many accumulate mossy layers of vegetation. The skin is typically brown, black, or gray, and their tails are large and serrated. Legs are thick and the feet have pronounced claws. The face is often characterized by a wizened appearance. Powerful jaws are used to capture prey, and to defend if provoked, but snappers will usually attempt to avoid confrontation if possible.
 

Turtle primer

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.

Beaverkill bridge reopens

TOWN OF ROCKLAND, NY — The historic Beaverkill Covered Bridge on Campsite Road is open again. A $2.6 million project rehabilitated the aging structure, located within the state-owned Beaverkill Campground, to improve safety and access for vehicles and pedestrians.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This is a close-up of the American goldfinch caught early in the program, a male in breeding plumage. This bird weighed in at 11.2 grams (about the weight of 2 quarters). If you want to attract these birds to your feeder, thistle seed is a favorite.

Bird banding and breakfast at Lacawac

On the morning of June 10, Dr. Rob Smith of the University of Scranton and Dr. Meg Hatch of the Penn State Worthington Campus gave a demonstration of bird banding at the Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel.


TRR photo by Sandy Long

This fishfly was found along the Lackawaxen River in Pike County, PA. Like many other aquatic insects, fishflies are bioindicators of good water quality, an important reason to appreciate their presence here. Visit bugguide.net/node/view/4156 for more information about the fishfly depicted above. 
 

Drama on the Delaware

As Delaware River water levels recede after recent rains and the river returns to its clear flowing nature, an evening stroll and scan of its serene surface reveals an interface alive with an unfolding drama.

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