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I fly fish a lot…locally, regionally, and nationally.  Some view my commitment as an obsession, but for me, it’s a passionate, near-amorous experience.     My favorite target fish are the cold water species comprised of brook, rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout.  Of course, I have favorite destinations, and some secret ones too, where I spend anywhere from 100 to 150 days a year suited-up and coaxing trout to fur and feathered flies.  However, when tethered in State College, I steal away to rom...

Photo 1.  Barn and Education Building at Millbrook Marsh.

Located just over a mile from Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is one of the many public nature spaces around State College that are operated by Centre Region Parks and Recreation. Not only does Millbrook Marsh play an important role for water quality as a wetland and natural filter, it is also a place where anyone can enjoy a relaxing hike, watch birds, fish, and become immersed in nature.

​ Map 1: Millbrook Marsh...

The Spring Creek Watershed provides excellent birding opportunities and is home to an avid birding community. Below is a list of some of the more popular birding sites within the Spring Creek Watershed.

Baltimore Oriole (credit: D. Kiel)

1) Fisherman's Paradise and Spring Creek Canyon – Spring Creek Canyon is a great place to see birds associated with riparian habitats. It can be accessed by either the Fisherman’s Paradise parking area or the Shiloh Road parking lot from the south.  The canyon is...

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