Outdoors

Pike farmers: Protect your land

PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Pike County Agricultural Land Preservation (ALP) Board has extended the deadline for farmers to apply for funding that could permanently protect local agricultural lands. Property owners of farming lands that meet soil requirements and land compatibility are eligible to apply until April 30, 2019.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

The Great Backyard Bird Count commences

Are you looking for an excuse to get outdoors—or maybe not with the sub-zero temperatures experienced recently? Good news: If you can look out your window from that nice warm kitchen or living room and count the birds you see for at least 15 minutes, you can participate in the 22nd Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  


Photo from the Route 6 Alliance Facebook

Hank Loftus, center, of the Dorflinger Glass Museum and Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, received the “Do 6” Heritage Community of the Year Award.

Updates from the Route 6 Alliance: bike tourism and award nominations

PENNSYLVANIA — Travelers pedaling across the country and on rail-trails have the potential of helping the local economy in a sustainable, “green” way. That’s the message that PA Route 6 Alliance would like to see businesses and communities embrace.


 TRR photos by Sandy Long

Beaver are semi-aquatic mammals that weigh between 30 to 60 pounds and range in length from 20 to 25 inches with flat, textured, paddle-shaped tails approximately 10 to 15 inches long. The tails serve as rudders when swimming, store fat in winter, provide balance and act as a prop when the animal is cutting down trees. Beaver also use their tails to warn potential predators away with a loud slap on the surface of the water.

Beaver behavior

Did you know the beaver is New York State’s official mammal, or that it is North America’s largest rodent? I recently encountered the beaver depicted here and had the opportunity to observe it harvesting twigs from along an icy shoreline, then engaging in grooming activities.

SEEDS gets new director

HONESDALE, PA — Sandy Long, a contributor to The River Reporter’s River Talk column, is the new executive director of the non-profit energy and environmental education organization, SEEDS.

SEEDS serves the northeast region of Pennsylvania, promoting sustainable energy and sustainable living through projects and awareness-raising.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This is one of the bald eagle nests along the Delaware River. In it were three young that are three to four weeks old. Two of them were visible when this image was captured last May. An average clutch for a bald eagle nest is two offspring, and records show that the majority of young produced from nests on the Delaware River survive past fledge from year to year.

The state of the eagles

The start of a new year usually means it’s time to move on from the past year’s local government activities and early January re-organizational meetings. Also, there’s been drama to keep up with over the partial federal government shutdown and the uncertain State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

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