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Outdoors notebook: Coyotes and gardens are topics in new books

Planting season is upon us and coyote hunting presents more challenges than most other pursuits.

• Angela England, in her new book “Gardening Like a Ninja,” presents a guide to working edible plants into a flower garden – or putting flowers in a veggie garden. The interesting and unlikely mixes England describes gives vegetable and fruit growers more floral presence to attract pollinating bees.

The variety and remarkable production of intercropped veggies makes a flower garden placed anywhere – around the house, in the yard or out in a field – most enjoyable and rewarding.

For example, edible beans of all varieties can be tucked into corners of flower beds and climbing (pole) beans are prized. She writes, “Their climbing nature means they don’t take up too much space.” She adds that their blossoms pass for an additional floral presence.

Planting approaches are set up for gardeners in cold climates and warm southern planting sites. This Cedar Fort publication can be found at

• Coyotes have been an object of study for wildlife biologists and game managers, but not many texts focus on how to hunt, photograph or even successfully observe these adaptive creatures known to outfox other predators with their wily skills at avoiding viewers and hunters.

Michael Huff has put together a book that covers every aspect of a coyote’s life and details how hunters can hunt and viewers can view and photograph these sly, sneaky creatures.

This text is available at; for an autographed copy ($25) write to: Michael Huff, 5401 Yale Place, Macungie, PA 18062.

Brush-burning ban

We can set out palms on this first-day-of spring Sunday but burning bush, brush tree limbs and other outdoor trash is banned in New York State from March 16 to May 14.

A lack of snow pack this winter and dry conditions increase the probability of wildfires, and open burning of debris is cited as the leading cause of spring wild fires in New York State.

Since the Department of Environmental Conservation first imposed this ban in 2009 the average number of spring fires has dropped from 3,297 to 1,649 and 2015.

Campfires set with charcoal or untreated wood are allowed in areas attended. People should fully extinguish fires before leaving a burning site. Burning of garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.

To view a statewide fire-danger rating forecast, visit

Youth trout camp

The New York State Council of Trout Unlimited is offering youths ages 13 and older by May 15 a Conservation Camp outing at Land of the Vikings, 25 miles south of Binghamton, in Sherman, Pa., July 11-22.

The co-ed camp invites boys and girls to submit a written essay stating why they would like to attend. Classroom and outdoors activities each day provides attendees with tying skills, casting, entomology, stream restoration, ecology, stream etiquette and other facts and insights.

Accepted applicants pay a fee of $450, which covers tuition, all meals and board. For complete details, check with Ronald Urban at (845) 339-5938 or email:

Pheasant chick program

Bird keepers brooding about something to do this spring and summer might consider applying to the DEC’s Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program conducted out of the Reynolds Game Farm. Persons with the proper facilities and interested in rearing pheasants can contact the Reynolds Farm for details.

Applicants must apply by Friday. For complete details, call the farm at (607) 273-2768 or visit