Mike Bleech
Outdoors Columnist

Great opportunitay to catch perch at Presque Isle Bay

The river has been roaring. The ice has melted. So what is an angler to do? How does a nice mess of yellow perch fillets sound? Better still, Lake Erie perch? If you are not now salivating, you do not know enough about Lake Erie Perch. They taste better than most other perch, and they grow ...

Sarah Hatfield
For The Audubon

Living local

My Christmas card this past year featured hogs, fruit, corn, a house, a woodlot and more. “Nurture what nourishes you” the card said at the top. The sentiment was simple – take care of the things that enable you to live well. Embracing a more hands-in-the-ground approach is less simple. ...

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 On Feb. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., representatives from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College, along with a group of dedicated volunteers will be conducting a survey of the hemlocks surrounding the snowmobile and overland trails in North Harmony State Forest.

Protect our trails by protecting our trees

Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking through Chautauqua County’s trails is an experience like no other. This area boasts beautiful rolling hills, deep valleys, wide open fields and thick forested tracts to tickle anyone’s sense of adventure. Especially captivating are ...

Mike Bleech

The real cool cats of North America

After running about a dozen trail cameras for several years, back to film cameras, finally a couple of years ago I got a photo of a bobcat. This summer I got about four bobcat photos, triggering a renewed interest in the wild cats of North America. All three of the more common native North ...

Jeff Tome
For The Audubon

Nature’s perfect flood

The recent flooding at the Audubon Community Nature Center provided a rare opportunity. With water a foot deep on many parts of the property, wildlife became concentrated on the high parts of the forest. Many animals had nowhere else to go without swimming, so I took advantage of the wet by ...

Seedling sales to begin

While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring – and beyond – by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery. The 2017 seedling order form is available online, and sales are set to begin ...

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Dueling Pistols are a part of the Joseph DeFrees Antique Gun Collection that will be on display at the outdoor show this weekend.

History at the Outdoor Show

The Warren County Historical Society will be returning to the Darin Freeborough Memorial Outdoor Show at the Warren Mall this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, visitors will be able to check out displays of pieces from the ...

Mike Bleech
Outdoors Columnist

Christmas bird count surprisingly normal

Warren Christmas Bird Count data manager Mike Toole said that he was surprised by the lack of bird activity for the December 17 event. Then he was surprised again by the number of bird species seen. Weather for this bird count in Warren was not unusual. A cold blast drove many local birds ...

Ron Keeney
For The Audubon

‘Get out of jail free’

Winter is of the season when many prefer to hibernate and stay indoors for long periods of time, due to the cold, snowy weather. Seldom do many of us even think about venturing outside for a winter hike or walk in the woods. So we prefer to lock ourselves in to our warm homes and watch the ...


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Mike Bleech

Forest changes only normal

Vegetation on the Allegheny National forest is dynamic. Changes happen oh so gradually, and they happen almost overnight, of so it seems. Change is inevitable. Preservationists often identify as pristine one particular stage of forest evolution. Typically in this supposedly pristine state ...


To get your items in the Outdoors Calendar contact mikeb73@verizon.net or phone (814) 726-1035 - Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.: trap and skeet practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun Club - Thursdays, must arrive before 9:30 a.m.: one round only sporting clays practice, Kalbfus Rod & Gun ...


On aging and time and the end of this particular trip around the sun

Today you are as old as you have ever been. Today, you are as young as you will ever be again. Those of a classic optimistic mindset will likely choose the latter sentiment. For those that carry with them the haze of pessimism the former will ring more true. Or perhaps vice versa. Both are ...

Eagle Cam 2015

Eye in the sky

Let the eagle watching begin. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Eagle Cam is back online. The Game Commission on Wednesday launched the latest rendition of its Eagle Cam, which enables viewers worldwide round-the-clock access to live video and audio captured at a bald-eagle nest in ...

Mike Bleech

Visions of Christmas past

Christmas is a great time for fishing, and simpatico. It must be. Fish tend to be cooperative. Brown trout were very active during a visit to the Tailwaters in the early 1970s. It was a glorious Christmas Day. The temperature rose well into the 60s. There was just an occasional breeze. Above ...


Beginner Backpacking Weekend next June with FAW, Chapman State Park

Friends of Allegheny Wilderness’ Beginning Backpacking class with Chapman State Park was such a popular success this past September that the group is planning on doing it again in 2017. Friends of Allegheny Wilderness and Chapman State Park have confirmed they are teaming up to facilitate a ...

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Evan Peterson, of Warren, 12-point buck, Warren area.

First time’s a charm for Warren’s Evan Peterson

Youth reigns supreme. Evan Peterson, 27, of Warren, and Tanner Rosenberg, 21, of Youngsville, each wound up with a 12-point buck this year. Peterson’s had a bit bigger spread, so he’s the winner of the Times Observer’s “Big Buck Bonanza,” with a special gift from Tall Tales ...

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Darin Freeborough speaks to a crowd during a past Warren County Outdoor, Travel, and Gun Show. The show has been renamed in his honor, becoming the Darin Freeborough Memorial Outdoor Show.

‘To honor him…’

Darin Freeborough was a fixture at the Warren County Outdoor, Travel, and Gun Show. Now, the event will carry his name. “Darin was a great friend and a great advocate for the outdoors — hunting, fishing, and of course, trapping,” Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Director ...