Outdoors: May 11 through 17

A yellow-rumped warbler is one of the birds you might spot on May 20 if you participate in a hike at Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary with the North Branch Land Trust. - Submitted photo

THIS WEEK: May 11 through 17

Birding at Frances Slocum State Park. Join Bruce Troy, Wild Birds Unlimited, for a leisurely walk through the park to seek out beautiful birds. Spring is here and it’s a great time for bird watching and enjoying nature. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the Environmental Education Center and boat rental at 8:30 a.m. May 12. Bring your binoculars and have fun looking and listening to the birds. Info, 570-675-9900.

Kid’s Fishing Derby, Wilkes-Barre Township Settlement Camp, Bear Creek Township, for children through age 15. Registration is at 9 a.m. May 12 and derby begins at 10 a.m. Three age categories: 1 through 5, 6 through 9 and 10 through 15. Prizes will be awarded to children who catch the largest fish in each category. The lake will be stocked with trout. Children must be accompanied by an adult, wear eye protection and bring their own rod with reel, tackle and bait. 570-823-7540.

Mt. Tammany at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Difficult 11 mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall at 8:45 a.m. May 13 and leave at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.

FUTURE

Hike at Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary with North Branch Land Trust, 7 a.m. May 20, approximately 2 miles on easy trail with Ellie Harding of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Bird ID guides will be available to borrow. Event is free for NBLT members, $10 for non-members. Registration required by 5 p.m. May 18. Please register online at nblt.org, email [email protected], or call the NBLT office at 570-310-1781. Bring binoculars if you have them, something to drink, and sturdy shows. Please arrive by 6:45 a.m. and leave four-legged friends at home.

Y Cycle Sunday “Path of History” Family Bike Ride, second in a series, meet at 2 p.m. May 20 at the Millennium Circle portal of Wilkes-Barre’s River Common, 92 North River St. Parking is available in the lot behind the Irem Temple across the street. Ride will be slow, family and novice-rider friendly. Riders must wear helmets and parents or guardians must accompany minor children. The ride will follow the levee trail to the Wyoming Monument. Contact Michele Schasberger at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA at 570-823-2121, ext. 5040 with any questions.

Vosburg hike, moderate six miles with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309 in Dallas at 11:45 a.m May 20 and leave at noon. Bring snack and water. Leaders Wendell and Kathy Jones 570-406-3173.

The Life of a Union Soldier, presented by John Moran in the campground amphitheater at Frances Slocum State Park, Mt. Olivet Road, Kingston Township, 7 p.m. May 26. Info, 570-696-9105.

Pennsylvania Black Bears, a program on bear biology, ecology, management and hunting opportunities presented by Bill Williams from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 7 p.m. May 31, Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Meet at the park office. Free. Registration required. Call 570-403-2006.

Y Cycle Sunday “Trail to Trail” Bicycle Ride for National Trails Day. Third in a series. Meet at the Millennium Circle portal at 2 p.m. June 3 and ride the Susquehanna River Levee trail up and around to the Kmart on Wyoming Avenue, and continue on city streets to the Back Mountain Trail, which we will ride up to the waterfall. We will learn about the trail network currently growing in Luzerne County, especially the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor extension to the City of Wilkes-Barre. This ride will have a moderate uphill slope for part of the ride. Riders must wear helmets and parents or guardians must accompany minor children. Contact Michele Schasberger at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA at 570-823-2121, ext. 5040 with any questions.

High Knob Vista, difficult 10-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet 8:45 a.m. June 3 at Dallas Shopping Center, Route 309, Dallas and leave at 9 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader is Rich McNulty 570-239-8237.

Volunteer Workday, 6 to 8 p.m. June 7 at Nescopeck State Park, Honey Hole Road, Drums. Join us for some light trail work! We’ll hit the trail to help remove brush and improve conditions for hikers. Equipment is provided. Long pants and a long sleeve layer are recommended. Meet at the park office. Registration requested so we can plan projects and equipment accordingly. 570-403-2006.

Bear Creek Preserve, difficult 8-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at 10:45 a.m. June 10 at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall and leave at 11 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Nicole Gfeller 570-735-4359.

Brady’s Lake Hike at State Game Lands 127, part of hiking series. Join a naturalist at 9 a.m. June 15 at Brady’s Lake, off Route 940. Approximate address is 106 Brady’s Lake Road, Pocono Pines, PA 18350. Drive about 3 miles on dirt road to reach Brady’s Lake, where we will hike 4 miles and listen for birds. No registration required. Free. Info, call Nescopeck State Park Office, 570-403-2006.

Lackawanna State Park, moderate 9-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at 9:45 am. June 17 at Park & Ride on Route 315 in Dupont and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Al Chapacharis 570-806-1754.

Lehigh Gap Trails, difficult 8-mile hike with the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. Meet at 9:45 a.m. June 24 at the Sears Auto Center, Wyoming Valley Mall and leave at 10 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Leader Tom Barnard 570-262-7957.

A yellow-rumped warbler is one of the birds you might spot on May 20 if you participate in a hike at Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary with the North Branch Land Trust.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_yellow.rumped.warbler.jpgA yellow-rumped warbler is one of the birds you might spot on May 20 if you participate in a hike at Forest Echo Bird Sanctuary with the North Branch Land Trust. Submitted photo