Outdoors

Beetle species approaching 400,000

“There is a story, possibly apocryphal, of the distinguished British biologist, J.B.S. Haldane, who found himself in the company of a group of theologians. On being asked what one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of his creation, Haldane is said to have answered, ...

Park Programs

Seneca County Join Seneca County Park District for a Summer Solstice Walk at 8 a.m. Friday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, on the grounds of Mercy Health - Tiffin. Spend a morning walking the trail and learning about the summer solstice. The walk will last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours and ...

Research labs retiring monkeys when studies finish

WESTFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined inside a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health. But these rhesus macaques have paid their dues and are now living in retirement — in larger enclosures that let them venture ...

Hero Academy 2

Riley Wagner of Tiffin pulls a dummy during a physical agility test as part of Tiffin Park & Recreation’s Hero Academy at Hedges-Boyer Park Thursday morning.

Little things that run the world

Generally, I’ll agree to do most anything if you ask me six months in advance. So last fall, when a lady from the Blossoms and Butterflies Club asked if I’d be willing to give a talk at their May meeting on something gardenish, I was happy to oblige. I’d think of something. The panic ...

Park Programs, June 1

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Fostoria Community Band is featured Sunday for the summer’s first Tiffin Park & Recreation Department Summer Concert Series at the East Green Amphitheater, 167 E. Market St. Music starts at 7 p.m. Other concerts in the park department series are The Late ...

Outdoor Briefs, June 1

Seneca turkey hunters take 154 birds COLUMBUS — Seneca County hunters checked 154 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, a few more than 2018’s 151 total. In neighboring counties, numbers were: • ...

Outdoor Briefs

Early registration ends May 1 for FELC summer camps Early registration for summer camps at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., ends May 1. Visit www.felctiffin.org for camp and pricing details. Scholarship funds for low-income families are available on request. ...

Park Programs

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is planning a Craft Creations program to learn flower pressing at 5 p.m. April 29 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, Bloomville. Participants can learn the art of flower pressing after gathering and identifying some woodland flowers. Project ...

An encounter with Rocky, the flying squirrel

In the mid-1970s I lived with five other guys in an old brick house owned by the Millers. The family occupied the first floor and our rents paid for separate rooms on the second floor with the use of a common kitchen and bath. We called our modest accommodations Miller Manor. The kitchen and ...

ODNR recommends NW Ohio fishing spots

FINDLAY — Ohio offers many locations for the public to fish, including 124,000 acres of inland water, 7,000 miles of streams, 2.25 million acres of Lake Erie water, and 481 miles of the Ohio River, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. DOW has numerous ...

The alternation of generations

Stepping off the wooded path, Dr. G. repositioned the hood of her slicker to keep at least some of the rain off her glasses. The leafless maples and oaks were doing precious little to block the cold, late March shower but, really, that was all to the good. It was why she was here. “But first, ...

Contest winners’ work on billboards

Fifth-graders Grace Fleckenstein and McKayla McClanahan, of Hopewell-Loudon, and Paige Stroub, of Tiffin City Schools’ Noble Elementary, were the Seneca County winners in an annual billboard contest sponsored by Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Solid Waste District. Billboards are on display this ...

Outdoor briefs, April 7

Birding photography workshop Saturday in northwest Ohio FINDLAY — Photographers, birders and outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning to photograph birds in the field are invited to attend a free informational workshop 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural ...

Park programs, April 6

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Tiffin Park & Recreation Department is hosting its annual Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run competition for area youths at 12:30 p.m. April 27 at Oakley Park, 70 6th Ave. The program is designed to provide youths with an opportunity to compete, free ...

No song for the mute swan

I suppose I might be excused for having missed, last Saturday, the enormous flock of gulls about a quarter mile off the south side of US 23, just east of Perrysburg. After all, we were heading up to Toledo with some friends for a TSO concert, the conversation was interesting, and I was in the ...

Park programs, March 24

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is planning a Craft Creations program to make yo-yo flowers at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Participants can learn the lost art of making yo-yo’s out of material. They can be used for quilts, hair bows, appliques and other ...

Outdoor briefs, March 24

Ethan Bingham is Seneca County’s new wildlife officer COLUMBUS — Ethan Bingham, of Wauseon, is Seneca County’s new wildlife officer. He is one of 10 new state wildlife officers from the 29th Wildlife Officer Pre-Service Training Academy sworn in March 15, according to the Ohio ...

A mighty oak awakens from an acorn

There’s a fine ball field on the north side of the red brick armory housing the Ohio Army National Guard’s Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment on Riverside Drive in Tiffin. Driving past with the windows down on a late spring afternoon, you might catch the ping of the bat ...

Natural pruning done, outdoor work starting

Wow, that was some wind Sunday, did a lot of pruning of dead branches on the trees. Thank goodness it was winter and the trees were mostly bare, wind went right through them. I saw a couple of blue spruces that were not so lucky, the dense branches were like a wall and the force of that wind ...