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My First Hike In The Thornhurst Tract Of The Pinchot State Forest.

The Pinchot State Forest  is a 50,000 acre  forest located on several tracts in Lackawanna,  Wyoming, Wayne, Susquehanna and Luzerne Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I have  hiked in the Crystal Lake and Mocanaqua tracts before but I made my first visit to the Thornhurst Tract in Luzerne County last Sunday. It won’t be my last….

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Enjoying The Sounds, Smells And Heat Of Summer At The Susquehanna Wetlands And Riverlands

Summer is nearing it’s peak here in Northeastern Pennsylvania and one could easily see the many signs hiking in our woodlands. I returned to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township in Luzerne County early Saturday morning. It was warm and humid when I exited my Jeep near the ponds at the entrance. I immediately noticed…

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Finally, A Bear, And A Big One, In The State Game Lands 119 In Luzerne County.

This is the first year in  over a decade a bear hasn’t showed up in my back yard in Hazle Township, Luzerne  County. Industrial and residential development has destroyed much of their habitat near my home. I am still hoping for one to appear in my yard, but I decided to go looking for one…

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A Pleasant Summer Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands And A Rare Sighting Of Some Virginia Rails.

The skies cleared  Saturday morning after some nighttime thunderstorms here In Northeastern Pennsylvania. As I often do,  I decided to drive to the Susquehanna Wetlands  about 20 miles from my home in Luzerne County and hike in the wetlands and river lands. I love looking for wildlife here and never know what I will see….

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No Rain But Lots Of Purple Martins, Heat And Humidity At Leaser Lake In Lehigh County.

I returned to Leaser Lake in Lehigh County last Sunday. I wanted  to see the purple martins that reside  there during our Summers. I have become more interested in birding,  and especially migratory birds, the past few years, and,  these amazing swallows  travel from the Amazon  Basin in South America to nest here in the…

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Hiking On A Cloudy Summer Day In The Susquehanna Wetlands

The skies were cloudy when  I awoke early Saturday morning. Rain was in the forecast later in the morning.  I still decided to take my usual hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands and River Lands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. A thunderstorm caused a lot of damage in nearby Berwick on Thursday. I wanted to see…

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Another Hike In The Heat And Humidity In State Game Lands 119 In Carbon County

The heat wave continued  on Sunday morning here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I was up early again  to get my hiking in and try and beat the heat. I have not seen any black bears visit my backyard in Hazle Township Luzerne County this year. And I only saw one bear , briefly,  on my hike…

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Summer Arrives With Heat And Humidity At The Susquehanna Wetlands

I love the Spring, but Summer is my favorite season. I love the heat and humidity.   And this year Summer arrived with both. We were in the midst of a heat wave last weekend,  the first weekend  of  Summer.  I decided to return to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. And, I decided…

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A Sunny Hike On The Last Sunday In Spring At The Susquehanna Wetlands

It was another cool June morning last Sunday.  It was hard to believe, but it was also the last Sunday in Spring.  It went so fast, and seems to get faster each year now.  I decided to enjoy the brilliant sunshine and last hours of the Spring  back at the Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County. …

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Looking For Mountain Laurel In The State Game Lands In Carbon County

I was disappointed last Friday when I found very few of the mountain laurel shrubs blooming  along the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails near my home in Luzerne County. Last year’s display of our State Flower was spectacular there.  However, I remembered two  years ago  there wasn’t a great display of the mountain laurel flowers …

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