It's hard to imagine, but hunting season is only a few weeks away.
With goose season starting in September and game season following closely behind, it’s never too late to help your hunting companion get ready for a few months of what he/she is born to do.
On Aug. 6, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper John Zaktansky submitted a letter of recommendation to the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) concerning permit requests the organization was reviewing from a Clinton County slaughterhouse, Nicholas Meats, which would allow the business to greatly expand operations.
The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association was chosen as one of 14 programs within 10 Pennsylvania counties to receive a combined $160,000 in grant money from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's R3 Grant Program, designed to recruit, retain or reactivate anglers.
John "Toast" Oast, founder of fishyaker.com, spends countless hours on the Susquehanna River and its tributaries fishing for all kinds of species from his kayak and sharing his adventures via YouTube videos that have garnered more than 5 million views since 2006.
The Bloomsburg resident talks about how he got into this labor of love, what trends he has seen within our aquatic ecosystem and the highly personal stories behind his passion for the use of life jackets while boating the river.
We recently released a story looking at the invasive infiltration of various exotic crayfish species in our watershed and how it could impact our resources.
Dr. David Lieb, who has studied crayfish throughout the state for the Fish and Boat Commission and other organizations for nearly two decades provides his take on this issue in our most recent episode of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper podcast.
The Shikellamy State Park is in the midst of numerous transitions as the longstanding marina building at the convergence of the North and West branches of the Susquehanna River is stripped down and the park conducts a search for a new manager.
David Bressler didn't know what to expect as he responded to a plea by the Pennsylvania State Police at 7:30 a.m. on June 6, 2019, to help clean up an accident and massive spill of lime along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River near Montgomery.
"I was the first one there from our company, and when I got to it, I could see the tractor-trailer was over the guard rail along the bank of the river. It was completely smashed," he said. "There was white powder everywhere -- it looked like a grenade had exploded."
"Dad, look, a swan!"
Suddenly, my younger daughter, Samantha, plunged her paddle into the calm waters of Lake Chillisquaque and took off toward a small cove, hoping for a closer glimpse.
"I always wanted to see a real swan up close," she said afterward with a huge smile. "I guess I can mark that off my bucket list."
A violent battle rages in waterways throughout Pennsylvania, as native crayfish increasingly are wiped out by invasive exotic species such as the rusty crayfish – a transplant from the Ohio River basin.
As we shared via a post on June 19, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is reviewing and seeking public comment on new permit application requests from a slaughterhouse operation in Clinton County. More details specifically about the permit application can be found here.
After investigating new concerns by a homeowner, backed by observations from a local official, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association has formally drafted and submitted the following letter of recommendation and comment to the SRBC.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.