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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Upcoming Programs At Hills Creek State Park

WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. Most programs will be in the park's Nature Center area located in the campground between B and C loop.

Bears of Pennsylvania
Find out why black bears are doing better in Pennsylvania than in any other state, from having the largest average weights to earlier breeding ages to larger average litter sizes. This free, one-hour program will be at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at the park's Nature Center Pavilion. No registration is required.

Return of the Otter and Fisher
On Sunday, Aug. 13, at 8:30 p.m. in the park's Nature Center, learn about these fun-loving members of the weasel family that were extirpated from Pennsylvania by logging and unregulated harvesting. Find out about their return and how well they are doing.

Hills Creek Offers Two Free Seminars on Trapping
Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro is offering two free seminars at the park’s Nature Center Area for anyone interested in learning how to trap furbearing animals on land and/or in water. Each seminar is limited to the first 20 people who preregister. The Land Trapping Seminar will be Sunday, Aug. 13 from 3-5 p.m. Covered will be ethics, laws, responsibilities, trap preparation and adjustment, set types, methods, locating sets, trouble shooting and anchoring methods. Fur handling options will also be discussed. The Water Trapping Seminar will be Sunday, Aug. 20 from 3-5 p.m. Covered will be methods to take raccoons, muskrats and beavers. Both seminars are for the general public and are open to youth and adults. Those ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. To preregister for one or both seminars, call the park office at 570-724-4246.

Effects of Invasive Species on Hills Creek Wildlife
On Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 1-3 p.m., join Park Intern Shania Dauphinais near the concession stand for a free two-hour program to learn about the various invasive species that are in the park, such as honeysuckle, autumn olive, garlic mustard and multiflora rose; their impact on park wildlife; how they can be managed and what the public can do to help. These plants will be displayed.

Invasive Species at Hills Creek
At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, meet Park Intern Shania Dauphinais at the park's Sugarbush Pavilion to go on a short walk to learn about invasive species at Hills Creek. During this one-hour program, learn how to identify honeysuckle, autumn olive, garlic mustard, multiflora rose and crown vetch, their impact on the park, how they can be managed and how the public can help.

World of the Beaver
On Sunday, Aug. 20, at 8:30 p.m. in the Nature Center area, learn about the history of this unique mammal, its biology and management during a free, one-hour program.

Information about Hills Creek programs is available online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/hills_creek_state_park/calendar. Have questions? Call the park office at 570-724-4246.

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