Outdoors


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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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Edible and medicinal plant walk

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will offer an edible and medicinal plant walk on Sunday, August 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Nature provides food and natural remedies for us in the form of many plants. Go on a hike where you will learn how to identify such plants.


TRR photos by Scott Rando 

Female turkeys and their poults have a similar appearance; however there is still a significant size difference in August, which makes it easy to tell them apart. There may be more than one female turkey present; an individual brood will frequently join with another to give the flock more than one female to keep a watchful eye out for the combined broods.

PA Game Commission looks for help in turkey survey

The PA Game Commission (PGC) again is looking for public help through the month of August for a turkey sighting survey. This is a citizen-science project where the number of adult male and female, and poult (young) turkeys are counted.


TRR photo by Amanda Reed

‘Close Encounters with Live Birds of Prey’

LAKE ARIEL, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary will present the Delaware Valley Raptor Center’s live birds presentation, “Close Encounters with Live Birds of Prey,” in its historic Carriage House barn, on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Let these magnificent creatures captivate you. Eagles, owls, falcons and hawks will take the stage.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

As of August 2018, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System protects 12,754 miles of 209 rivers in 40 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico—less than one-quarter of one percent of the nation’s rivers. New York has approximately 51,790 miles of river, of which 73.4 miles are designated as wild and scenic—roughly 1/10th of 1% of the state’s river miles. Currently the only New York waterway protected under this system is the Upper Delaware River.

Two to celebrate

In October, two significant 50-year anniversaries will be celebrated: the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act.


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Mid-summer fly fishing report

During the summer months, everything about the river environment happens at a much slower pace. Every year by our current date the insect hatches and the trout’s behavior fall into a very predictable daily routine. In stark contrast to the slower trout fishing, it is prime time for pursuing smallmouth bass with the fly.

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