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.
This story is about the little sulphur May fly, Ephemerella dorothea, and all of the frustration it seems to create for Catskill anglers. But before I tackle that dilemma, it would be good to discuss all the flies that are called sulphurs.
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.
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.
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.
WAYMART, PA — There’ll be an opportunity to take farm tours, eat farm-to-table food and interact with your legislators on Thursday, August 23 at the Jaggars Farm, sponsored by the Wayne/Pike Farm Bureau. Legislators from every level of government; federal, state, county and local will attend.
In October, two significant 50-year anniversaries will be celebrated: the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails System Act.
LAKE ARIEL, PA — Join Lacawac Sanctuary for an intimate food experience surrounded by the beauty of the sanctuary on August 11, when guests sit down surrounded by the forest to a supper that celebrates truly local cuisine.
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.
If you walk out the door during this time of year, the first insect you will likely notice is a butterfly or moth. They are easy to spot as they are typically brightly colored and larger than many flying insects. Even at night, you will run into multiple species of moths, as well as other flying insects that are attracted to artificial light.