According to Pennsylvania Game Commission Land Management Group Supervisor Mike Beahm, who serves Carbon, Monroe and Luzerne counties, reports that a slow draw down of Brady's Lake, a 200-acre lake on State Game Lands 127 in Monroe County, is being done to allow native vegetation to grow in the flood plains of the lake.
Water levels will be allowed to rise starting in the fall to provide food and cover for migrating waterfowl on the lake that is open to year-round fishing to non-motorized boats. Food and cover crews will also attempt to plant annual agricultural crops in areas that will allow access and make the lake more attractive to nesting and migrating waterfowl.
In another project, Beahm stated that crews in Carbon County are preparing fields on SGL 40 and 141 for spring plantings. These projects include the planting of grains, clover and native grasses and were funded by the National Wild Turkey Federation Superfund sponsored by the Honey Hole Longbeards, and Pittman Robertson funds.
Crews are also creating early successional habitat adjacent to these fields utilizing a CAT297 with a Fecon forestry cutter and chainsaws. When completed the areas will have a total face lift and provide more quality food and habitat for all wildlife.
Registration for individual days of the Schuylkill River Sojourn, which begins Saturday, June 1, in Schuylkill Haven and ends Friday, June 7, in Philadelphia. In its 15th year, the sojourn is organized by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Pottstown, as a means to draw attention to the river as a beautiful natural and recreational resource.
Sojourners are provided with expert guides, three daily meals, shuttle service to their cars and programs at lunch and evening stops during the 112-mile guided canoe and kayak tour. This year's theme focuses on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with "A Civil War Odyssey" that highlights the Schuylkill River Region during the Civil War era. Programs will include re-enactors, musical entertainment, a one-woman play and a discussion on the Underground Railroad in the region. For information or links for registration visit the Schuylkill River Heritage Area website at www.schuylkillriver.org/Sojourn.aspx or call (484) 945-0200.
Free registration is underway for Schuylkill County Youth Field Day, Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friedensburg Fish and Game, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove. This hands-on, outdoors educational event includes lunch and is for youth between the ages of 10-15, who must be accompanied by an adult chaperones. For information and registration, contact "Porcupine Pat" McKinney at the Schuylkill County Conservation District at (570) 622-4124, Ext.113, or email porcupinepat@ yahoo.com.
A simulated hunting 3D course is open daily through October 12 from dawn to dusk at Bears Head Archery, Delano, off I-81 exit 134. Sundays, the course is closed from 1-4 p.m. for trap. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410-AM WLSH, at 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM and on the Web at http://www. wmgh.com/ by clicking the link to the program, features turkey hunting authority and calling champion Matt Morrett of the Harrisburg area.
Family Fun Fishing Day, to benefit outdoors educational events of the Schuylkill County Sportsmen's Association, will be held at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove, Sunday, May 5, beginning at 8 a.m. Tagged fish may be turned in for prizes through the end of the month, and for information, registration and becoming a sponsor contact Craig Morgan at (570) 617-8223, (570) 739-2627 or email email@example.com; and to download a registration form access the SALCP website at http://www.sweetarrowlakepark.com/.
Schuylkill County Trout Unlimited meets Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m., at Amvets Lodge, 13th and Seneca St., Pottsville. For information contact Randy Emerich at 570-622-1252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.