Outdoors


TRR photo by Scott Rando

This is an aerial image of Walker Lake in Shohola, PA, in early December. The ice is too thin to hold anyone. The lower right portion of the lake shows the inlet stream and the absence of ice in that area. There are three holes together near the center frame, which is likely a spring.

Got ice?

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.


Photo by Rebecca Siegel/Flickr

Intro to Snowshoeing

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).


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UDC to host conservationist

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.


All copyrighted photos contributed by Wayne Laubscher

Male Rufous hummingbird

Hummingbirds are here? Now?

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.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This bear has been caught red-pawed, foraging in a garbage can in Shohola, PA. Bears especially like communities where several homes are in close proximity of each other; it’s easier to “make the rounds” on garbage collection day. Try to wait and put out garbage on the day of pick-up to keep from getting an unwelcome visit.

Christmas bears

Early last week, a neighbor complained to me that a bear had carried her garbage from the trashcan to the edge of her yard.


Photo contributed by Lackawanna College

Environmental Education Center Director Sharon Yanik-Craig, left; with graduates of the Conservation and Natural Resource program: Donna Ray-Reifler of Newfoundland; Ashley Michel of Pottsville; Robert Kuzma of Scranton; Brooke Hallstead of Springbrook Township; Christian Arnold of Easton; Adjunct Faculty Paul Ashford; Josh Hagenbaugh of Hazle Township; Greg Racavich of Peckville; John Rohland of Lake Ariel; Justin Petrunich of Scott Township; Jesse Carter of Gibsonia; and Aidan Quinn of Scranton. Missing from photo are: Holly Gulbin of Scranton and Bruce Rowlands of West Wyoming.

Lackawanna College graduates second crop of students

NORTHEAST PA — Lackawanna College recognized its second year of graduates from the Conservation and Natural Resource (CNR) certificate program on December 7.


Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Sullivan County birders—split up into teams of six—tallied 1,326 of these birds, the dark-eyed junco, in the 2017 bird count. The second-most tallied bird in the region that year was the Canada Goose.

The bird census begins

The Audubon Society will hold its annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) December 14 through January 5, gathering data from across North America on bird species to compile a census on our winged friends.

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