Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gone Fishing

Fishin time again

Catfish catch


Delaware County Trout Stocking Schedule

🐟 Who knew the PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks the streams with trout? I just missed the anglers carrying the buckets of fish down to the stream. It was like watching Santa Claus coming to town. No one knows how it happens but it happens. Some of the creeks in Delaware County were stocked yesterday, April 25. It was fun to catch them in action. 

In PA a fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older
Resident annual license is $21 ($22.90 with fees)$9.90 with fees
Non-resident annual $51 ($52.90 with fees)
Senior resident annual $10 ($11.90 with fees)
Trout permits $8 ($9.90 with fees)

Multi-year licenses can also be purchased.

Check out the education programs provided by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Other places to fish in the area with kids:  

Linvilla Orchard Lake is open on weekends, look for special upcoming derby events.

Newlin Grist Mill Pond has an interesting option on their website, you have to keep what you catch but if you don't like to eat trout you can donate it to feed an osprey or an eagle. Read more about Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.  I would call first to make sure they are still taking donations.

Newlin Grist Mill also has stream fishing for licensed fly fishing for a fee.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easter Birdies of Long Beach Island

I felt the Easter Bunny was a little harder to spot this year, so I went seeking Easter birdies. It was in  the air, you could easily sense it.

 These birds know it is just a matter of time until the summer swimmers will flock to the beach and create crowd chaos. Birds will have to share and they have every right to squawk about it. 

Easter breakfast at the beach, crab of course.

A bunch of Brant Geese joyously enjoying calm waters around the Barnegat Lighthouse.

Also spotted floating in the Barnegat inlet was a lone cormorant. He fits right in with the constant company of fishermen that find this area a "hot spot".

Taking the Maritime Forest Trail

You will hear plenty songbirds as you walk through the dense woods and maybe spot one or two as they swiftly flit from tree to tree. Rarely will they stop to pose as this charming cardinal did.

Birds were bountiful over on the bayside.

Red-winged black birds flashed their brilliant red only to prove they are no ordinary black bird.

Mallard Ducks have style and grace as they demonstrate the mystery of flight, wings up and wings down.

Bonaparte Seagull is what I am naming this one leg balancing, poll sitting seagull.  There are at least 28 species of this seabird, bonaparte is my best guess.

Common Tern would be my name for this crooner but naming anything common to me just seems to be an insult but we all tend to downplay the regulars and the ordinary which make up the majority. Odd how that is.  It is almost more recognizable to let your freak feathers fly.

Osprey never seem to be found far from the nest unless there is good fishing in a body of water nearby.

This oyster catcher couple was a surprise find to me.  I thought they were just summer visitors.  Now I have investigate to see if they are early spring arrivals.

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Mute Swans have an interesting history, I was just reading about it at Mute swans mate for life with a few exceptions.  They do take mates if one of them dies.  If a male mute chooses a younger mate, she will follow him to his habitat, if he chooses an older mate they go to her place. Female mute tend to choose younger mates. I'll stay mute on the rest of their story, you can read it at Okay one more thing, I saw the swans in the second photograph when they were relatively new to the area in December and a guy that lived there said they just turned white, they were brown the previous week.  You can see a hint of brown on the on in the back.

A cowbird crunching on a crustacean. I know very little about the cow bird except that it has a brown coloring. I seem to be seeing them more and more in my bird watching travels. This one was lunching bayside.

Seagulls are in the foreground.  Is that a Great Blue Heron in the background?

I am guessing this is a Greater Yellow Legs on the tip of the island? It had a long beak. Both of these bird blurred pictures were taken on the road to the Bridge to nowhere in Manahawkin.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming week events of April 24 - 27

April 24 First Daughter Joins International Space Station Call Promoting Women in STEM President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special Earth-to-space call Monday, April 24, from the Oval Office to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station.
The 20-minute call will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. EDT, and will be made available to schools, museums, and other organizations across the nation and globally.

April 24 "Fences" the movie discussion at Aston Library 11 a.m.

April 24 Fake News and the Soul of Society presented by James Caccamo, Associate Professor at St. Joseph's University at Helen Kate Furness Library, 7:15 p.m. Advanced registration is requested 610.566.9331.

April 24 Stargazing at Widener University Observatory, 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall, 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

April 25 The Middletown Land Conservancy 36th Annual Members Meeting will present "Thy sincer Cousen" John Bartram, Humphry Marshall and Early American Botany by Joel Fry, Curator, Bartram's Garden 7:30 p.m. at the Middletown Township Building 27 N. Pennell Road in Lima.

April 26 NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson will take viewers 250 miles off the Earth to the International Space Station in the highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

April 26 "The Ghost of Duffy's Cut: The Irish who died building America's most dangerous stretch of railroad," author Prof. William E. Watson 1:30 p.m. at Upper Chichester Library.

April 26 Memories Games a program presented by Thomas McNellis, president of Memory Matters Corporation at Aston Community Center 2 - 3:15 p.m.

April 26 Poet Sonia Sanchez will appear at Cheyney University free and open to the public 7 p.m. tickets are available for a 5:30 p.m. VIP reception.  

April 26 The Road to and Through Impressionism with author Fred Dixon 7:15 p.m. at Helen Kate Furness Library, Advanced registration is requested 610.566.9331.

April 27 - 29 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

April 27 "An Oyster Cart on Every Street Corner". Celebrated historian Nancy Webster will present A Brief History of Popular Street Foods, an exploration of sidewalk cuisine from American Colonial times through present day. Some will be familiar (we’ve been frequenting hot dog and soft pretzel vendors for ages) and others will be surprising. Bonus: Samples of old-fashioned street foods will be available for tasting! Presented by the Nether Providence Historical Society at the Helen Kate Furness Library on Providnce Road in Wallingford at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend Events April 21-23

πŸ•April 21 PAWS for People Training session for potential pet therapy 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunrise of Granite Run located at 247 Middletown Rd. in Middletown Township. 
🌎Ongoing: “Adopt the Planet” Online Activity NASA invites the public to learn about our global environment by "adopting" a small part of our home planet. Participants will receive a personalized adoption certificate for their unique, numbered piece of Earth (approximately 55 miles wide) to print and share on social media. The certificate features NASA Earth science data collected for that location.

🌎April 21 Hayden Planetarium Special Event: Earth Day Celebration in New York 7 p.m.American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York. The program will celebrate Earth Day with a visually stunning tour of our dynamic planet. Beginning with the Earth’s rise above the moon, first seen by the Apollo 8 astronauts and the original inspiration for Earth Day, the program will explore the many ways scientists use satellite instruments and computer models to monitor global change. NASA climate scientist Benjamin Cook, from the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will co-lead the program using OpenSpace, a new NASA-funded, real-time visualization platform.

πŸ‘œApril 21 Notre Dame DeLourdes Home and School in Swarthmore Designer Handbag Bingo Doors open 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m.

April 21 Historic Lecture by Gene Pisasle at Middletown Free Library - Lafayette the Battle of Brandywine and Saving Our Historic Sites 2 p.m. RSVP

April 21 -29 Philadelphia Science Festival over 80 events!

πŸ‘ͺApril 22 Community Day in Delaware County 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at Rose Tree Park.

🌎April 22 Earth Day do something to thank the planet, even if you stoop over and pick up trash. 

🌎April 22 Earth Day "treevitalize" at the Saul Wildlife Sanctuary behind the Old Mill, 9 Old Mill Lane in Rose Valley sponsored by the Rose Valley Environmental Advisory Council. The event will include the planting of native trees acquired through a grant from Aqua-PADEP. Free and open to the public 9 a.m. to noon.

April 22 Bartram's Mile Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Bartram's Garden 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

🌎April 22 Earth Day

April 22 Shred Event at Strath Haven High School rear lot off Larkin Lane 9 a.m. - Noon. 

🏠April 22 National Registry Historic 1785 Thomas Leiper House opens for tours on Saturday and Sundays 1 - 4 p.m. for the season. Located at 521 Avondale Road in Nether Providence Township.

🍺April 22 West Chester Craft Beer and Restaurant Stroll

πŸƒApril 22 Twilight Run and Walk in Haverford race begins 5 p.m. at Haverford High School.  This years event will remember Jane Greenspun. 
πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒApril 22 Rockin with the Troops 2 at Neumann University Mirenda Center a DCHS fundraiser. 7 - 10 p.m.


πŸ•April 22 Rescued on the Runway fashion show hosted by Providence Animal Center at Garrett Williamson Foundation 395 Bishop Hollow Road in Newtown Square 7 - 10 p.m. Fashions presented by Philadelphia Premium Outlets. Cost $75.

πŸ“šApril 22-24 Media UP Library accepting donations of books, dvd's cd's and puzzles and games for their upcoming book sale.
April 22-23 Brickfest Live.

🏑April 22 - 29 Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

πŸ‘ͺApril 23 Super Sunday Media 9 a.m. Raindate April 30. 

πŸ•April 23 Providence Animal Center will host a fashion luncheon sponsored by Boscov's at King's Mill 6000 Pennell Road in Aston from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tickets $50.

πŸƒApril 23 Walk MS at Ridley Creek State Park Site opens at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

🌎April 23 Earth Day Celebration at Area 17 Pavilion at Ridley Creek Stat Park 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

πŸƒApril 23 Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run and 3-Mile Walk and Young Patriot fun runRace begins at 8:30 a.m. Race registration $40, Walk $15, Fun Run $15.

April 23 Delco Remembrances is a “World War I and America Reading and Discussion Group” with upcoming meetings at the Haverford Library on Darby Road in Havertown  at 2:00 pm. The discussions will be moderated by Historian Katie Sibley and  English Professor and Veteran Owen Gilman on various topics concerning the Great War.  Click here for more information.

🎢April 23 Italian Music Festival at Widener University Alumni Hall 3 p.m. sponsored by Ciao Delco. Donations $20 all proceeds will go to Ciao Delco's various charities.


April 24 "Fences" the movie discussion at Aston Library 11 a.m.

April 24 Fake News and the Soul of Society presented by James Caccamo, Associate Professor at St. Joseph's University at Helen Kate Furness Library, Advanced registration is requested 610.566.9331.

April 28 Black and White Masquerade to benefit Middletown Free Library. 7 to 10 p.m.

🚌 Arrange for a seat on the bus and participate in People's Climate March in D.C. April 29.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 15 to April 23 National Park Week

I remember listening to an interview with former Secretary of the Interior Jewell during the 100th Anniversary of National Parks. She was asked, which is your favorite park and her answer was, I love all my children equally. Was it a political, maternal, a sign of great leadership answer? I think it was simply an honest answer.  How could you possibly judge, with all the different gems our National Parks have to offer. I am going to share the ones I have had the pleasure of visiting.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Yosemite, California

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Mesa Verde, Colorado

Rocky Mountain, Colorado

Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina - Tennessee

Shenandoah, Virginia

Wind Cave, South Dakota

Grand Teton, Wyoming

I πŸ’— Them All
but unlike Secretary Jewell
last but not least 

Yellowstone is my favorite.

April 23, dozens of parks, including Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Shenandoah National Park, Capulin Volcano National Monument, TumacΓ‘cori National Historical Park, Prince William Forest Park, Hot Springs National Park, and park partners will host activities that include hikes, health screenings, yoga, and volleyball.

Highly Recommended

GET a PASS: Passes Available: Senior Pass Seniors 62 and older $10 for a lifetime pass that can include discounts on certain activities. Military Pass free annual pass to military personnel. Volunteer Pass free, Access Pass free for persons with permanent disabilities, Annual 4th Grade Pass, free valid for one year, Annual Pass $80 Each annual pass can have two owners, according to can order a pass online for an additional processing fee or get one at the link locations.

GET a PASSPORT Book. You can get it stamped/cancelled at these locations as a remembrance. Last year at the Philadelphia Flower Show, honoring the 1 n't forget to add your address and phone number in the book, in case you leave it behind. Only once did I do this, the other time I lost it in my house.  They also have a new kid's edition with activities and games, if only I had waited to get mine. They are fun to have and to go around and get stamped. I got mine at Devil's Tower, the First National Monument.

Learn about the Federal Duck Stamp Contest and how and why to buy Duck Stamps and Jr. Duck Stamps.

Find an Event at a Park Near You or Find a Park you want to be near.

Kids can become a Jr. Ranger, as a soon to be senior I gruff at this idea but the $10 lifetime fee for seniors is an absolute perk I look forward to in the future. The Jr. Ranger Program looks like so much fun, I am also looking forward to when I have some juniors in the family to share the National Park treasures with. Check out the ages 6 - 12 Jr. Ranger Activity Guide.

Ranger led tours for all Ages! MY favorite to date was with Dave at Mesa Verde.

This gentleman at the Lincoln Memorial was also very good. Look for signs of ranger led tours, you will learn a lot.