Podcast: Ed Wytovich discusses the Catawissa Creek's unique potential, threats it faces and what is needed
Catawissa Creek Restoration Association President Ed Wytovich discusses the unique aspects of the creek, the successes it has seen via two treatment facilities and the hurdles faced in addressing the Audenreid Mine Tunnel's discharge into the waterway.
Seven 2021 Floating Classroom trips on the Hiawatha Paddleboat offer environmental studies to 407 people
Reflecting on her time aboard the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association’s Aug. 3, 2021, Floating Classroom, 12-year-old Cerafina McKee appreciated the hands-on experience aboard the Hiawatha Paddleboat in Williamsport.
“I really liked looking down into the water from the boat and thinking about what was down there besides fish,” she said. “I also liked touching the rattlesnake and then afterwards showing all my friends the hand I used to touch it. It all really inspired me to be more aware of pollution and the environment.”
Patience, persistence, collaboration all lessons learned via successful resurgence of bald eagles, osprey
The incredible successes of the state’s bald eagle, osprey and peregrine falcon recoveries offer important lessons to the greater cause of conservation and dealing with an intimidating set of newer environmental threats, according to Dan Brauning.
“There are currently a lot of eagles around Pennsylvania – I never imagined we would have them as widespread as we do today, especially since these species were at the brink of extinction. At least regionally, they were really gone,” Brauning, the recently retired supervisor of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Wildlife Diversity Program, said during a recent interview on the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Podcast.
“It took a long and steady dedicated effort to successfully bring them back to their ecological place in our region. The very fact that that we have been able to bring these birds – or any animal – back from the brink is really heartening. It shows us that a dedicated effort can be successful and is not a waste of time.”
Sept. 28 Floating Classroom helped connect families with common bird species in the region, issues they face
More than 60 people participated on Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the final Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association Floating Classroom program of the 2021 season.
Aboard Williamsport's Hiawatha Paddleboat, members of the Lycoming Audubon Society shared a wide assortment of facts, identification tips and birdwatching pointers during the hour-long cruise.
Podcast: DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn on parks, waterway buffers and connecting all to the outdoors
In the newest episode of the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Podcast, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn talks about the process in landing such a big role, the importance of DCNR's work to connect people with our outdoor resources, the benefits of forest as waterway buffers and some of the projects DCNR is working on.
Part of the conversation includes DCNR's commitment to provide a park or trail within 10 minutes of every Pennsylvanian -- Cindy assesses how realistic this goal is and what some of the major hurdles are in achieving it.
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.