It’s the middle of winter, and you’re probably not thinking now about invasive species. Then again, it’s hard to forget clearing thickets of Japanese barberry or treating hemlocks for wooly adelgid, if you’ve ever had to do these tasks.
Some stories are harder to tell than others. They can be harder to write, too. This is one of those stories.
Many of us live in the Upper Delaware River region partly for the opportunity to experience the abundant and amazing wildlife sharing the forests and waters of this majestic place.
ONLINE/NY — The New York Sea Grant Watercraft Inspection educational webinar series starts January 17. The program features coastal science and aquatic invasive species (AIS) experts and will address issues associated with recreational boating and limiting the spread of invasive species in New York’s ponds, rivers and lakes.
REGION — Due to the lapse in appropriations during the federal government shutdown, national parks will be open as much as possible. Parks, roads, overlooks, river accesses and trails at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will be open to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.
With New Years behind us, a lot of people are looking forward to getting involved in seasonal outdoor activities, including skiing and snowshoeing. By January, the ice fishing season has usually kicked off in most of the region; in fact, in some areas, it is a tradition to do some ice fishing on New Years Day.
DINGMAN’S FERRY, PA — Get prepped for a walk in the snow-covered woods by learning the age-old skill of snowshoeing at the Bridge the Gap program at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
NARROWSBURG, NY — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will host a presentation by Wayne Conservation District resource conservationist Keith Pierson on Erosion and Sedimentation Pollution at 7 p.m. on January 3, at the UDC office located at 211 Bridge Street. Election of officers for 2019 will also take place.
MILHEIM, PA — Applications are now open for the Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship.
In the warmer months of the year, it’s common to see hummingbirds throughout the Upper Delaware River region, brightening our lives with their bejeweled beauty and entertaining us with their feisty behaviors around feeders.