winter


TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

2018 Queen of the Ice Rae Mootz, took home first place in the Adult: pickerel division

this year, but ultimately gave up the crown to this year’s King of the Ice Rob Ward from

Liberty, NY.
 

King of the Ice crowned in White Lake

WHITE LAKE, NY — “We have beautiful conditions, plenty of ice, an incredible sunny day and lots of kids, what more could we ask for?” Those words, spoken by Sullivan County Conservation Club (SCCC) secretary Jay Mendels last Sunday were echoed across the lake throughout the day.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Red squirrels are approximately half the size of gray squirrels and sport reddish-brown fur with spiky ear tufts. This species is very feisty, energetic and territorial. They will fend off gray squirrels to protect food sources and dens.

Know your rodent

In the heart of winter, the landscape can seem especially dreary, brightened mainly by birds and the occasional white-tailed deer. But a glance around your backyard can clue you in to the antics of furry rodents that scurry about in search of sustenance to last through the season of snow and ice.


TRR photo by Amanda Reed

Snow, frigid air, rain

REGION — The snow and rainstorm followed by frigid arctic air left some neighborhoods in the region shimmering with a coating of ice.  By the time this issue of the paper hits mailboxes in the area the precipitation should once again be coming down in the form of rain.

Staying toasty in winter

Why not get right to the point? I don’t like winter. It’s an annual refrain anyone who knows me has heard. The beauty of newly fallen snow aside, there are myriad reasons for my ill feelings about this season. I’m scrawny, with little body fat. Wearing layers of shirts and sweaters indoors, especially when cooking, is cumbersome.


Photo contributed by the Basket Historical Society

Mike Johnson walks down Highway 97 in snowy Long Eddy (date uncertain).

Historic snowfalls

Over the recent holiday weekend, Sullivan County saw heavy snow, brought on by winter storm Harper. After accumulating nine inches of snow on Saturday and Sunday, Monday morning’s temperature in Long Eddy was a -4 degrees F. Winter has surely arrived.

Protect your skin this season

Cold weather is just as challenging to your skin as warm weather seasons. This time of the year, you may notice dryness and flaking, and in some cases, cracking of the skin in exposed areas such as around your mouth and fingers. Exposure to extreme cold temperatures also places you at risk of developing skin damage due to frostnip or frostbite.


TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

On December 15, the weather in parts of the region was just cold enough to form some ice on the trees, but that gave way to record warmth and rain.

Welcome winter 2019

REGION — The solstice on December 21 marked the official beginning of winter, with temperatures in the region warmer than usual and with heavy precipitation. How will the rest of the season play out?


TRR photo by Sandy Long

This deceased shrew was discovered atop the dam at the Shohola Recreation Area in Shohola, PA, where it might have been dropped by a predator that mistook it for a mouse. Because shrews secrete an offensive musky odor, predators will sometimes choose not to eat this prey. In addition to predation by animals such as owls, herons, hawks, weasels and foxes, shrews also succumb to starvation, rapid temperature changes, accidents and battles with other shrews.

Shrews: short-lived and sassy

Have you ever seen a shrew? Chances are good that the answer is no, given their secretive nature and relatively brief life spans of approximately 18 to 20 months. 

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