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Apple Butter Day at Bushkill Falls

This Saturday is Apple Butter Day at Bushkill Falls. We will be providing live wildlife programs at 1 and 2 pm, help make and see apple butter being made! The falls will be running high from the rain! Wear your slicker and boots and we’ll see you there!!!...

Prayers please for this beautiful bald eagle

Prayers please for this beautiful bald eagle that his surgery for wing fracture goes well. His surgeon, Dr. Geoff Wright is very talented but prayers and support are always appreciated. For anyone wishing to help, we need fish!!! Lake Minsi has open fishing season with no creel limit except for...

Caring for Orphan Animals of the Wild

  Spring is a wonderful season in northeastern Pennsylvania. Flowers are beginning to bloom, Spring Peepers and Wood frogs are calling and the birds are returning from their wintering grounds. People of all ages emerge from their homes as if from a cocoon, enjoying walking, gardening, playing and just enjoying...

A Different Kind of Love

Every year we are privileged to care for many, many animals. I am often asked what my favorite is, and, although I love most species of animals from reptiles to birds to mammals, there have always been several that I could answer that either fascinate me just a little more,...

Foxes in a Boxes

As a wildlife rehabilitator, I have seen injured and orphaned wildlife presented to Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in many ways over the past three decades. Some come in odd containers, primarily because folks need to utilize what is near at hand. Birds have arrived in brown paper lunch...

The Canids of the Poconos

The Pocono Mountains are home to three canids that are among the most beautiful and charismatic predators in North America. Let’s learn about our “dogs of the Poconos”. Foxes are the smallest of our canids, and there are two quite different species in the northeast. Both foxes are intelligent, quick...

A Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Spring

There are several ways of defining Spring in northeastern Pennsylvania. The easiest and most definitive is, of course, meteorological Spring which falls on March 20th this year. Meteorological Spring is calculated when the Sun passes through the equatorial plane. When going from Winter to Spring, the Sun is moving North,...

The Poconos are Ducky

It’s a funny thing, how we can grow up seeing things, but not really seeing them. Most of us have spent time at a “duck pond”, tossing bread and giggling at the resulting feeding frenzy. We haven’t taken much time to think about these birds, the many kinds, the varied...

What Makes Bald Eagles Beautiful?

If you haven’t stood outside, with a bitter wind threatening to solidly freeze your ears and nose, scanning river and trees on the banks, searching and watching, you haven’t felt it. If you haven’t watched the massive raptor weighing up to 14 pounds with a 7 foot wingspan soar overhead,...

Winter is for the Birds

December in the Pocono Mountains… The feelings expressed by people regarding the onset of winter are as varied as the strategies animals use to deal with the season. For some people winter evokes thoughts of cold, crisp air and bright blue skies. Visions of skiing, hot toddies, and fireplaces add...

Winter for the Warm Blooded

As the depths of winter descend on the Pocono region, and we have taken our fill of friends and family, consumed more turkey, ham, kielbasa, seafood and desserts than one should in a month’s time, and watched old movies and football games cozied up by the fire, we settle in...

Wildlife Quiz

One of the things that really gets my goat as a wildlife educator is that it seems that people know more about wildlife from other parts of the world than they do about the wildlife here in the good old USA. Lets see how you fare on this special patriotic...

Its for the Birds

The burst of flowers and first warm spring nights filled with the sounds of trilling frogs have eased into the comfort of evenings warm enough for a walk, and days busy with birds proclaiming territory, building nests and laying eggs. Here at the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, the...

Wildlife Friends and Foes

Living in the Pocono Mountains is a dream come true for many of us, young and old, new to the area, or born here. The area is rich with beautiful views, forests, streams, and wildlife. Deer, rabbits, birds, bears, and others are abundant in our region like few others. As...

An Eagle Story

The work of being a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator is, at times, rewarding, fun and exhilarating, while at others, devastating, exhausting, and frustrating. Over the last twenty-eight years I have worked with creatures as small as hummingbirds, as large as bears, and as common as cottontails. There are only a handful...