Outdoors


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My 9/11

A long time ago, when I was a 19-year-old lad, I pounded the Hound all the way from White Plains across this great land to Missoula, MT, where I enrolled at the university there. My adventure began when a high school chum stopped to visit over Christmas and explained he was a student at the university there.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

In addition to the skull, a portion of the raccoon’s spine and tail, as well as part of its hip structure were also nearby. My hand lends perspective to the relative size of the bones. 

Mystery mammal

Wonders abound in the natural world and pique our interest in knowing more about the flora or fauna we encounter. I recently discovered an animal skull and various bones in the shallows of the Lackawaxen River and became intrigued to know which mammal had lost its life and returned to the flow of the water.

Corn Plot Field Day

COCHECTON, NY—Farmers are invited to the free Corn Plot Field Day on Thursday, September 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be held on My Place Road in Cochecton, NY (follow signs to property). Participants can earn pesticide credits for NY, NJ, and PA. Lunch is provided.


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Conditions improving daily

The fishing options around the Upper Delaware Region are improving. Over the last few days, our guides have been able to head out with guests and fish streamers, dry flies and nymphs. Based on the current week’s weather forecast, this trend should continue.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

A monarch butterfly is feeding on the nectar of a clover flower. Monarchs visit a variety of species of flowers in order to feed. Late in the summer is when the late-spring migrants are joined by newly emerged butterflies from eggs laid in mid to late July.

Monarch status for 2018

For most of the summer, people have been seen seeing monarch butterflies in almost every favorable habitat, whether it be a field, on public land, or your own garden. Also, many eggs have been observed being laid by female monarchs, as well as larvae, with their distinctive banding, as they feed on milkweed plants.


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Learn more about the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and enjoy the rolling hills of its Bethel, NY property at a free public picnic on Saturday, September 15.

Conservancy Firefly Picnic

BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces its annual Firefly Picnic, a free community event on Saturday, September 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Bethel, NY.


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Butterfly walk and plant and sip

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a butterfly walk on Saturday, August 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Learn about the wonderful world of butterflies with David Trently, on a search through the fields and around the ponds for butterflies and dragonflies. Registration is required. The cost is $5.


TRR photo by Krista Gromalski

The lumpy and velvety Inonotus dryadeus is a parasitic mushroom that causes root rot in oak trees in our region. It is often semi-circular or kidney-shaped, buff to yellowish in color and exudes drops of amber liquid from its margin when young.

Mad about mushrooms?

If you answered affirmatively to the question posed in the title of this column, you are not alone. Frankly, fungi are fascinating, not only for their ecological, medicinal and culinary properties, but also for the multitude of interesting forms in which they appear.

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