Outdoor

‘Out of balance’

The Allegheny National Forest has an age demographic problem. Thanks to what amounted to widespread clearcutting in the area through the 1920s, the majority of the forest is about the same age. Warren County School District and the U.S. Forest Service would both like to see a better age ...

The unexpected visitor

When I think about animals that I see during the winter, there are a lot of animals I think of — deer, chickadees, Red Foxes, even squirrels. The one animal I never think of? Opossums. For some reason, the thought of seeing a little opossum waddling through the snow with its naked little ears ...

Down the home stretch

Behold, the woodchuck lied. After checking a few 10-day weather forecasts, it appears that we have a few days of ice building weather, until about Thursday, then we go into a longer stretch that may allow the ice to persist for what will probably be the end of winter. We are going into the ...

Game Commission to host annual waterfowl briefing

Representatives of waterfowl organizations, interested hunters and the public are invited to attend a briefing on Friday, March 15 on the status of Atlantic Flyway waterfowl populations and proposed federal frameworks for the 2019-20 waterfowl hunting seasons. The briefing will begin at 1 ...

Game Commission launches black bear den livestream

What’s better than one Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife livestream? Two, of course. The Game Commission has launched its second livestream of the season – video and audio captured at a Monroe County black-bear den and streamed in real time to viewers at www.pgc.pa.gov. There’s ...

State stocks up on Trout before season opener

You can’t go catch them for a few weeks, but stocked trout will start hitting Warren County waterways next week. Opening day is slated for Saturday, April 13 at 8 a.m. According to the Fish and Boat Commission, roughly 3.2 million trout will be stocked in a total of 707 streams and 127 ...

Allegheny Reservoir cleanup effort seeking volunteers

There’s an old saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The meaning is not literal but, typically, a commentary on how there is no judging for taste — what one person may think is worthless may be cherished by another. So, if you’ve been longing for a discarded ...

Tracks and howls

For a few nights, the coyotes had been howling and yipping close to the house. We’d even heard foxes barking much closer than usual. One morning, after the evening snow had created perfect tracking conditions, we wandered down to see what we could find. First, a lone coyote’s tracks ...

Raising hellbenders

In May of 2017, two Eastern Hellbenders named Oneka and Tweeg came to Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, N.Y., from the Buffalo Zoo to serve as animal ambassadors and help educate people of all ages about this incredible species. The Buffalo Zoo donated the hellbenders’ enclosure ...

It’s time to catch a big walleye

During most of the year, a person would not see any indication that huge walleye are hidden beneath the surface of the Allegheny River in Warren County. Fortunately, that time of the year is over for a while. Now is the time when you might actually get up close and personal with these old ...

Game Commission delivers annual report to legislature

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans recently presented the agency’s annual report to the General Assembly and delivered testimony before the House Game and Fisheries Committee. To view a copy of the agency’s annual report, please visit the Game Commission’s ...

PGC and USDA to target Chronic Wasting Disease

Confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Clearfield, Jefferson, and Franklin counties are driving “aggressive management strategies.” The Pennsylvania Game Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture — Wildlife Services are teaming up and working with landowners to do ...

To build or buy, a birdfeeder

What say we get this admission before even getting into the topic of building a bird feeder. If your time is worth much to you, buying a ready-made bird feeder would be much less expensive. This is for folks who just need an easy winter project. Some bird feeders that are ready-made are ...

Fish are friends

I’ve always been intrigued by the creatures that live underwater. Their adaptations that allow them to live, breathe, and flourish under immense pressure underwater is fascinating. When I relax by the television, an episode (or six) of ‘River Monsters’ on Animal Planet is usually my go-to ...

Unexciting items ice anglers should carry

Have you ever watched a fish pull a jigging rod through a hole in the ice? It is a pathetic scene. The rod owner is away checking a tip-up. Someone will yell to inform that angler the rod is going into the water. Bogged down with heavy layers of winter clothing, heavy boots, and ice cleats, ...

Monkey-faced scars on trees

I once took a workshop that evaluated children’s knowledge of nature based on how they drew trees. As their experience outside grew, their trees went from looking like green lollipops to developing rougher edges, some branches and then some animals in them. The drawings became more and more ...

Life goes on

There are no boot prints in the snow along trout streams, no orange-clad hunters kicking brush piles. Snowmobiles race along marked trails. But seldom do they see the deer that lie under low-hanging hemlock limbs watching them pass. Deer can not afford to flee loud creatures that rarely ...

Bear harvest 11th best all-time

One of these years, Pennsylvania is going to break the 4,000-bear barrier for a third time in annual black bear harvests. There was hope it would in 2018 with a bear population estimated at 20,000 and a fine start to the November firearms season. But unfavorable weather conditions dashed ...

Kids play outdoors at Audubon Nature Play Day

Nature Play Days at Audubon Community Nature Center are when your children to explore unstructured outdoor play in a safe environment while you learn how to continue the nature play experience at home. Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m. to noon, is the next opportunity for this experience for ...

Restocking Chapman lake fish will take some time

The lake at Chapman State Park is at full pool right now, but it’s short on fish. The renovation of the dam has required that the lake be drawn down more than once over the past year or so and it may happen again. That has been hard on the fish population. Until that kind of work is ...