The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 20, 2013

Bob Garrett's Talking Points: Falcon cam gives up-close view

Daily Item

---- — "May you have warm words on a cold night, a full moon on a dark evening, and a smooth road all the way home."

Our state's Department of Environmental Protection staff has launched their 24-hour live webcast of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons that live on the Rachel Carson Office Building in Harrisburg.

This office building serves as the agency's headquarters. This year, a new high-definition camera is being used with personal computer-operated zoom and pan capabilities. Once the first egg is laid, an additional camera will be placed near the nest for an up-close view.

According to the agency spokesperson, a territorial dispute between the falcon that has called this ledge home since 2005 and a new male is being to brew. To view the birds, go to:

Bird count

By March 1 the final tally for this year's Great Backyard Bird Count will be known. The actual count was conducted last weekend. Right now, our state has the second largest tally with Pennsylvanians submitting 5,987 checklists.

The state of New York is in first place with 6,397 checklists submitted so far.

During the weekend-long count, participants were asked to watch birds at any location for at least 15 minutes and make a tally by species of each bird that they saw. The Great American Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Audubon Society.

Catfish tournaments

Catfish Nation Outdoors, will be the hosting several Susquehanna River tournaments this year. These tournaments are scheduled for: March 16, April 20 and May 18 at Goldsboro, York County; June 29, July 13, Aug. 10, and Sept. 7 on the Lake Aldred section in Lancaster County; June 29 on the Long Level section in York County; and July 27 on the Glen Cove section in Maryland.

Full moon

The full moon of February will hit its peak Monday evening in what the native people of our valley traditionally called the Snow Moon since heavy snowfalls typically occur this month.

The February full moon has many names, just as every month does. In addition to its Snow Moon nickname, it's also known as the Hunger Moon, Storm Moon and Candles Moon.

These names come from the fact that we are now in the "bleak mid-winter" when traditionally food could become scarce and the weather foul.

Outdoor show

The annual Cabin Fever Outdoor Show rolls into Mifflinburg H.S. this weekend. The show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This is a great show and an excellent opportunity to find out what's happening in the "great out-of-doors" in our area.

Learn about invasives

You won't have to worry about Martians or other aliens at this free session, but you will learn about "bio-bullies" and what you can do to halt their spread.

During Homeschool Day at the R.B. Winter State Park on Wednesday, participants will learn about non-native and invasive species during a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. session for students ages 9 to 18.

The discussion will focus on alien plants and animals that crowd out and impact native wildlife and plants.

This is a great program for students participating in the "PA Envirothon."

Pre-registration is required. Please call 966-1455 to register. All participants need bring along a lunch with drinks, and make sure to dress for both indoor and outdoor activities.

Learn to kayak

The great folks with the Bloomsburg Quest Outdoor Program are offering beginner kayaking lessons on Tuesday evening.

You and your family members can learn tips on how to paddle a kayak or even roll a kayak within the safety of a heated pool.

The cost is just $5 for the general public and you can learn more by visiting: id=3850 or by calling (570) 389-4409.