The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Anthracite Post 283 in Kingston. The featured speaker will be Don Baylor, who will present “The Poconos of PA – Cradle of American Trout Fishing.” The event is free and open tot he public. For more information visit sctu.org.
The chapter will hold its Bugs and Brews event on Tuesday, March 26 at Sabatini’s Bottle Shoppe in Exeter at 6:30 p.m. Each month will feature a specific fly tied by one of the SCTU members. Come join us for an evening of tying, or just come talk fishing. Refreshments are available for purchase.
The Luzerne Conservation District will hold a manure management workshop to aid livestock owners in complying with the Manure Management Plan.
The primary purpose of these workshops is to guide participants through the process of completing a plan for their operation. This will be accomplished by briefly reviewing the requirements of each section of the MMP followed by “planning” sessions during which each partaker will complete that section of the MMP for his/her own operation. All materials needed to complete a plan will be provided.
In addition to a completed MMP, participants will receive a free meal and soil test kits.
The workshop will be held on March 27 at the PA Game Commission building in Dallas, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 570-674-7991, ext. 7 to register. Please register one week prior to the workshop. Workshops are subject to cancellation due to lack of participants.
The Western Pocono Chapter of Trout Unlimited will meet Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at Nescopeck State Park. Bucknell University professor, Dr. Ben Hayes, will provide a slide program on his natural stream improvement projects. Dr. Hayes heads the Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program at Bucknell University. He has done extensive stream improvement work in north central Pennsylvania and New England. He will explain his technique of using nature and natural devices to improve trout stream conditions where applicable and the philosophy behind this method. A member of Trout Unlimited, Dr. Hayes also runs the popular annual Rivers Symposium at Bucknell. The program is free to the public. For more information call 570-454-4862, and to register call the park office at 570-403-2006.
Beltzville State Park will host a Basic Boating Course instructed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on Sunday, March 17. The course will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There is no charge for the course, but all participants must pre-register by calling Beltzville State Park at 610-377-0045. The Basic Boating Course is designed to supply boaters with practical information, so they can make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors will provide students with information via a classroom setting to help them reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water. Students who successfully complete the course may apply for a Boating Safety Education Certificate for a $10 fee. The certificate is required of all operators of personal watercraft (PWCs) or anyone born on or after January 1, 1982 who operate a motorboat of more than 25 horsepower. More information about this course or boating safety can be found by visiting the Commission’s website at fishandboat.com.
A Spotted Lanternfly Seminar, hosted by state Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) will be held on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the Triton Hose Company, 116 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
“This destructive insect’s appearance has yet to be verified in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties,” Boback said. “Nearby Carbon and Monroe counties, however, are on the quarantine list, and we’re trying to be proactive due to the potential damage that can be inflicted by the spotted lanternfly.”
Declared a “public nuisance” by the Department of Agriculture, the spotted lanternfly poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s economy. The insect feeds on – and can destroy – more than 70 varieties of plants, including hardwood trees, grapes, apples, peaches and hops. Local officials are bracing for impact, should that status change.
This event is contingent on sufficient pre-registration. If you plan to attend, please reserve your seat by contacting Boback’s Tunkhannock district office at 570-836-4777.
The North Mountain Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association will hold an educational food plot demonstration on March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sorber Mountain Cabin. All stages of food plotting will be covered. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call Chip Sorber at 570-477-2303. Directions to cabin are: From the intersection of Rt. 118 & Rt. 29 go North on Rt. 29 3.9 miles, turn left on Sorber Mt. Road, (a dirt road), go 1.9 miles and turn left on Sorbert Mt. Road West, go .4 miles to dead end at Sorber Mt. Cabin.
The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will hold a muzzleloader shoot on the club grounds on Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No in-line rifles – must use round ball projectiles. Event includes a tomahawk toss, shooter prizes, and the kitchen will be open. No admission charge, but a per event fee will apply.
For more information visit the club’s website at fscweb.org or call Paul at 570-561-3748.
The Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its Annual Conservation Banquet on April 6 at the Holiday Inn, East Mountain. For more information, visit sctu.org. To make reservations, call 570-457-8697 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will host an educational program on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the Game Commission Northeast Region Office building in Dallas.
PA Lyme Resource Network Regional Leader Michele Cassetori will present Dare 2B Tick Aware, a program on preventing tick-borne diseases, reducing tick bites, and improving early diagnosis.
“Hunters and other outdoor recreationalists have been increasingly concerned about reducing their contact with ticks and preventing Lyme disease,” said Game Commission Information and Education Supervisor William Williams. “This program will provide strategies on how to combat Lyme and other tick-related illnesses.”
The Dare 2B Tick Aware program is made available through an educational grant from the PA Department of Health.
The Game Commission Northeast Region Office building located at 3917 Memorial Highway in Dallas. No reservations are required. For more information contact William Williams at (570) 675-1143.
Nescopeck State Park will hold the following programs in March (for more information call the park office at 570-403-2006):
Tuesday, March 12 — Landscape Memory: Glaciers, 19th Century Log Drives and Headwater Streams Today; 7 p.m. Registration required.
Thursday, March 21 — GO Teach Hiking Workshop for Educators; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration required. $10 per person.
Saturday, March 23 — Spring Thaw Hike at Hickory Run State Park; 9 a.m. Registration required.
Sunday, March 24 — History of Ice Harvesting; 1 p.m. Registration required.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society will hold the following events this spring (for more information, visit gwvas.org):
Monday, March 18 – Birdscaping in Bird Town, 7 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Irem Road in Dallas; Free.
Sunday, March 24 – Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, 8 a.m. Free.
Monday, April 15 – Dare 2B Tick Aware, 7 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Irem Road in Dallas. Free.
Saturday, April 20 – Ricketts Glen State Park Falls Trail System Hike, 9 a.m. Free.
Sunday, April 26 – Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, 8 a.m. Free.
May 17 – Magee March Birding Trip. Registration required.
Sunday, May 26 – Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, 8 a.m. Free.
Wednesday, June 12 – GWVAS Annual Banquet – “Camouflage and Mimicry.” Located at the AppleTree Terrace in Dallas. Doors open at 6 p.m. Reservation deadline is June 3.
Sunday, June 30 – Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, 8 a.m. Free.
Sunday, July 28 – Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, 8 a.m. Free.