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Underfoot: COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE (Chelydra serpentium)

By Susan Sprout A surprising find, in the truck room of our local volunteer fire company – a baby snapping turtle! Coming back from a midnight fire call, my Safety Officer husband and the Assistant Chief saw a small dark shadow moving from the back wall of the station house toward the front doors. A lucky rescue for this silver-dollar-size hatchling that undoubtedly had been … Continue reading Underfoot: COMMON SNAPPING TURTLE (Chelydra serpentium) »

Underfoot: INDIAN TOBACCO (Lobelia inflata)

By Susan Sprout I have been looking for this plant. It can bloom from July to October, depending on where it grows. And depending on where I look since it is a native in North America all the way from Labrador to Georgia and Louisiana. According to a Pennsylvania native plant site on-line, it has been found growing in every county in our state. I … Continue reading Underfoot: INDIAN TOBACCO (Lobelia inflata) »

Underfoot: King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti *

(A mnemonic for remembering Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species) By Susan Sprout Remember learning this sentence in Life Science class? It was used to help students remember the various steps in the Linnaean Classification System developed in the 18th century and used to group organisms together based on the body structures they shared. Wow, has this system evolved since then as advanced knowledge … Continue reading Underfoot: King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti * »

102 Acres Conserved in Plunketts Creek Township, Lycoming County

Conservation happens at varying speeds. Some projects take years, if not decades to navigate and complete, and other projects happen in weeks. The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy’s members invest in both slow and fast conservation. Providing the support to build trust over time and work through questions and contemplations as well as supplying the resources to act when an opportunity presents itself. Back in March 2023 … Continue reading 102 Acres Conserved in Plunketts Creek Township, Lycoming County »


By Susan Sprout What a joy to get outside and see what is happening, after being cooped up for days by rain showers! I am not complaining because we do need the rain to recharge above-ground and underground water resources. I would like to share some of the things we saw during our lovely time outside. The rain must have really been pelting down to … Continue reading Underfoot: AFTER THE RAIN »