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BioBlitz scheduled for June 30

STARLIGHT, PA — The Upper Delaware BioBlitz will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 near the intersection of Hancock Highway and Crosstown Highway. At a BioBlitz, biologists and volunteers gather to collect, identify, and catalogue every living thing on the designated property in a 24-hour period.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

I chanced upon this encounter between an earthworm, at left, and a slug while walking on a dirt road. Both species exhibited considerable interest in the other. Some slugs consume earthworms. Both are hermaphrodites, meaning that each individual carries male and female reproductive organs. Neither is harmful to humans.

Slug season

Summer officially arrived on June 21, heralding the return of some critters we might prefer not to share our lives and regional landscape with.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

This is the female young which is a few days short of three weeks old. Like many raptors, the peregrine falcon is sexually dimorphic; the female is slightly larger than the male on average. Even in this brood, this female was slightly heavier than its male sibling: 610 grams vs. 420 grams. The ear orifice can be seen to the lower left of the eye.

Peregrine falcons return to historical cliff nest site

When we think of peregrine falcons nowadays, we think of them nesting on high building ledges and bridge superstructures in urban areas.


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A night with brown drakes

My friend called this morning to see if I was loose to go fishing. He said the flows had dropped significantly, and the river was fishable for the first time in weeks. We talked and set a time to meet. On the way he asked where I wanted to fish. I said, “How about that section on the lower river, where we just obtained permission?


TRR photos by Sandy Long
Natural wonders come in many forms, such as this strand of eggs deposited by an American toad. Tuning in to their presence is a multi-sensory skill that goes beyond simple observation. Learn how to develop this skill and improve your photography during my “Wonder Watch” walk on June 30 at 10 a.m. Bring your digital camera or smartphone to capture the natural wonders of the Gales Property at the 2018 Upper Delaware BioBlitz in Starlight, PA. A limited number of macro and wide angle lenses will be available for use with smartphone cameras. The lens kits are provided by the event’s fiscal sponsor, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy.

Upper Delaware BioBlitz is back

Don’t miss this! On June 29 and 30, the fourth Upper Delaware BioBlitz will return to the site where it was launched in 2013—the 63.5 acre Gales Property in Starlight, PA.


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.

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