Outdoor

ANF receives requests to reissue 12 special-use permits

The Allegheny National Forest’s Marienville Ranger District has received requests to reissue 12 expired special use permits for six existing spring developments, two oil and gas pipelines, a fish hatchery, road access right-of-way, storage area and a liquid waste disposal area. The uses are ...

On skiing and snow

To say our society is polarized right now on many issues may be an understatement. Some are more important than others- Democrat or Republican, Microsoft or Apple and this weekend Falcons or Patriots. I am a firm believer in the “gray”. There is often value in both sides and one answer ...

Eagle Watch can jumpstart a birding hobby

The annual Eagle Watch Day at Kinzua Dam will be held February 4, Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Bald eagles have been seen during each of the past 10 events. This year is very promising. A few mature eagles and several immature eagles have been seen near the dam recently. Bald ...

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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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...