The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 16, 2013

Midd-West Moment: A digital glimpse into the region's 'night life'

By John Zaktansky
The Daily Item

— There is plenty to do during the day in our Midd-West region. Cool places to visit, things to check out, great deals to find at area businesses. But what happens at night away from the glowing street lights among the rural stretches throughout Snyder County?

At a home in the country near Middleburg, a dead chicken was tossed from a coop into the woods for nature to take its course. To help illustrate the night life and see what happens, a trail camera is strategically placed on a small maple tree nearby.

Hoping for a cool picture or two of a rare night predator, I was disappointed to only find a few frames of a stray orange tabby cat lurking aroung and eventually snacking on the chicken. However, near the end of the 37 digital pictures, a wary raccoon sneaks in to check out the scene.

Raccoons aren't exactly rare. You can find them all over our region, especially at night. However, it is still neat to see one in its element and looking for an easy meal.

When it comes to sweet, practical gift ideas for the outdoors person on your shopping list, a digital trail camera is hard to beat. It gives nature lovers the one thing they enjoy the most -- more time enjoying the local outdoors, even when tucked snugly in their beds.

Do you have neat trail camera photos of wildlife in our Midd-West region that you'd like to share? Feel free to send them to and we'll post them here at our community page.