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The Snow Geese Return: Morning Magic At Middle Creek

About 15 years ago my brother Mike asked me to join him,  his son Mike Jr.  and my brother Joe to take a ride to see the snow geese migration at Middle Creek. At that time I had never heard of snow geese or Middle Creek. That day I would come to know, and love,…

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Sunshine And Another Sign Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands

Although we had a few cold days with temperatures plunging into the low teens this past week, our  unusually mild Winter continued.  This morning the skies were clear and I decided to return to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. It was 28 degrees when I arrived  around 9 a.m. I wasn’t sure…

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Tanzania Day Eight: A Scenic Drive To The Ngorongoro Highlands

After our morning hike, and a  delicious breakfast, our group left the   Burunge Tented Camp and headed for the Ngorongoro Highlands. These highlands surround the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, formed by a massive ancient volcano. We would spend two  nights at the Ngorongoro Farm House  near the entrance to the crater. It was about a 100 mile,…

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Hiking Along The Weissport Canal.

Temperatures warmed up here in Northeastern Pennsylvania overnight. It was  3 degrees on  Saturday morning  but had risen to a mild  25 degrees here in my backyard in Hazle Township this morning.  Warmer, but still below freezing.   I knew that the ponds and canals  at the PPL Wetlands  would still be covered in ice.  So…

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Finally, Frigid Temperatures Arrive In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The past few weeks my blog post talked about the mild Winter we have been having here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Well, an arctic front arrived on Friday bringing with it  frigid temperatures and sunshine. It was 3 degrees in my backyard this morning.  I was curious to see how the cold affected the geese, ducks…

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A Bald Eagle Sighting At the PPL Wetlands Is Always Exciting

Temperatures remained near freezing Saturday night here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This is mild for February in these  parts. We also got another dusting of snow. I decided to return to the PPL Wetlands and look for one of  a bald eagle. A  family of eagles  have nested near the wetlands and have been visiting the…

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Colder, But Still Above Average At The PPL Wetlands And Riverlands..

After another week of above average weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania the temperatures finally dropped before freezing on Friday and we got about an inch of snow in my backyard. I decided to drive to the PPL wetlands and riverlands in Salem township on Saturday. Located about 15 miles from my house the wetlands and…

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The Winter Thaw Continues In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The usually January thaw has become  a winter thaw this year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Unseasonably warm temperatures returned to the area last week. I drove to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township and found this unusual scene, completely ice-free lakes and ponds!  Even the Susquehanna River was free of the usual chunks which, in…

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Tanzania Day Eight: A Morning Nature Walk To The Muddy Shores Of Lake Manyara

I awoke on a  mild and overcast Spring day in Tanzania. I left my tent/lodge at the Burunge Tented Camp and made my way to the main lodge to join my group for a nature walk to the shores of Lake Manyara. I  was disappointed I didn’t see and zebras or giraffes on the way. …

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A Carbon County Saturday: An Abandoned Cemetery, A Historic Town And A Hike Along The Lehigh.

It has been a while since I hiked   the Lehigh River Gorge  in Carbon County. So, on Saturday, I planned to park at the Leslie Run  access and begin a hike on the D & L trail along the river.  It was  mild, for February, with temperatures in the mid 30’s. And it was overcast…

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