Outdoors


Photo provided by Scott Rando

This is a bear cub from one of last year’s den visits. When they first emerge from the den in April, they weigh from four to six pounds, but grow close to 100 pounds as a yearling. As the latter part of March approaches, there should be more activity visible from the PGC bear-cam.

The bears’ live debut

Okay, so the groundhog may have lied, or, at least, led us slightly astray regarding the end of winter. It seems that March came in like a lion with some moderate, ice-laden storms followed by cold days with lows in the single digits.


Japanese knotweed is one of the most prevalent invasive plants impacting the Upper Delaware River region. Its showy white flowers and bamboo-like stalks make this abundant invasive easy to recognize.

Invasives and climate change

Were you aware that Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has developed a plan addressing climate change in the commonwealth?


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Harvesting the sap from maple trees as spring approaches.

Maple sugaring with the NPS to celebrate the coming of spring

BUSHKILL, PA — Join park rangers and volunteers on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a maple sugaring demonstration at Millbrook Village in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The experience will showcase the full process from tree to table, with woodstove and outdoor cooking demonstrations. Admission is free.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Buffleheads arrive in the fall during the latter part of October. They can be seen on lakes until the water freezes. This species is a migrant; they head back to northern Canada in the middle of spring. Buffleheads are also diving ducks, but this species favors aquatic invertebrates and plant material.

Web-footed friends

Watching wildlife in the winter is a little more of a challenge than it is during the rest of the year. For one, there is the weather. You have to drive or hike to where you want to view wildlife, so let’s hope


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Red squirrels are approximately half the size of gray squirrels and sport reddish-brown fur with spiky ear tufts. This species is very feisty, energetic and territorial. They will fend off gray squirrels to protect food sources and dens.

Know your rodent

In the heart of winter, the landscape can seem especially dreary, brightened mainly by birds and the occasional white-tailed deer. But a glance around your backyard can clue you in to the antics of furry rodents that scurry about in search of sustenance to last through the season of snow and ice.

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