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Photo by Janice Annunziata

“Red Spotted Newt”
 

DRBC announces contest winner

DELAWARE RIVER BASIN — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has announced that a photo titled “Red Spotted Newt,” by Janice Annunziata, was chosen as the winner of the commission’s spring 2018 photo contest. Twenty-two photographs were submitted by 15 individuals for the contest.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

Wood frogs have finished their breeding activity in the vernal ponds that they favor. During the summer, they are not near water, but you can find them on forest floors, usually well camouflaged.

'Tis the season of the frog

If you pay attention to what you see and hear when outside and equate it to the time of year, you have just practiced the science of phenology: the study of when events happen with given species of plants or animals.

'Bug Week' 2018

For fly fishermen who chase trout in the Upper Delaware River system, the first week of June has always been referred to as “Bug Week.” In most years, this week will offer the season’s most diverse selection of different active insect species.

Frog Frolic at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Rd., will host a Frog Frolic on Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Spend the afternoon with us at our ponds and streams. Learn about some of our frog friends as participants gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Wear boots and plan on getting wet and muddy.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

The Pike County Training Center features several stormwater best management practices (BMPs). The vegetated diversion berm at right in this photo conveys runoff around the site rather than through it, minimizing erosion of soils and the amount of stormwater that needs to be managed on site. Other features include a wetland forebay and wet pond, which receive runoff from impervious surfaces, as well as infiltration berms, which trap pockets of water, allowing it to soak into the ground. The various elements are all part of the site’s “treatment train” of stormwater BMPs. 

BMPs are VIPs

When it comes to protecting water quality in the Upper Delaware River region, best management practices (BMPs) are very important practices.


TRR photo by Tony Bonavist

The Peekamoose Blue Hole

The 'Blue Hole' under siege

There is a magical place, high in the eastern Catskills, where crystalline waters flow to form the “Blue Hole.” It is part of the upper Rondout watershed in the Town of Denning and is fed by Rondout Creek, which flows along Peekamoose Road.


TRR photo by Scott Rando

This orphaned bear cub is being re-introduced to an existing family of cubs by PA Game Commission staff. It is hoped that the mother will accept the new cub as one of her own. It is unknown how the cub became orphaned in the first place.

Youngsters in trouble

Spring is looked upon as the renewal of life; in the wild, most animals are breeding, and many species have young walking along with parents or in the nest, in the case of birds. Newly born or hatched young are much more vulnerable than the adults, and nature typically provides some protection for these young.

Fun at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — You can combine fun with learning activities at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) this summer, starting with “Introduction to Blacksmithing,” taught by William Barrett of the New Jersey Blacksmiths Association, on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.


Photo by Sherri Resti

Kids, Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) members and Bill Canfield Fly Fishing School staff pose at last year’s fly-fishing camp.
 

Fishing camp for kids

HANCOCK, NY — The deadline for applying for the summer camp program sponsored by Friends of the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) and the Bill Canfield Fly Fishing School is June 1.

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