During the third week of March, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a PA bear survey in Pike and Monroe Counties. Every year around mid-March, the PA Game Commission (PGC) surveys known bear dens and checks on the litter of young cubs that were born in January. By mid-March, the cubs are big enough to process.
It was orange, tiny and terrifying in the hands of a kid. Something about giving a five-year-old a pointy stick with a metal hook on it made me think twice. Still, she had it and was having the time of her life with it. She picked the pole out at the store by herself. “It’s Tigger, t-i-double-guh-er.”
According to the Foundation for Pennsylvania Wetlands, the Keystone state has more miles of streams and rivers than any other state except Alaska. Those waterways are of prime importance to the human and non-human lives that depend upon them.
BEACH LAKE, PA — Superintendent Kristina Heister has announced the appointment of Jennifer Z. Claster to the newly established position of “Community and Land Use Planner” at Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.
Hopefully, by the time you read this, it will not be by candlelight or the light from a Colman lantern. As of March 9, there are still a few spots on both sides of the river without power. On the 2nd of March, a heavy, wet snowstorm hit; this caused trees to come down across power lines and even a few houses were damaged by fallen trees.
WEST TRENTON, NJ — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has announced that Martha Tully’s “Winter at the Stone Arch Bridge” was chosen as the winner of the commission’s Winter 2018 Photo Contest. Twenty-three photographs were submitted by 14 individuals for the contest.
REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging college students to apply for one of 17 summer internships at its offices in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. These paid internships are in fields related to science and engineering.
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — This coming weekend you can learn about fire building, take a woodcock walk, or learn about DIY birdfeeders at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Rd. Registration is required.
Severe weather events like the one that struck the Upper Delaware River region recently throw us suddenly out of our normal routines. Priorities shift to survival activities like securing adequate shelter, clean water and ample nourishment.
It’s early March, soft snow falling, a fire in the wood stove. Molly is snoring at the hearth. It’s been an abnormally cold winter here in the Catskills, with below zero nights and brisk, windy days. There is a lot of snow too, much more than normal.