Park programs, January 11

Seneca County

Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion are invited to an Awesome Owls program at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve.

Kids can learn about owls, their habitat, what they eat, how they fly and more, and then take a short hike to discover more owl facts.

Young Adventurers ages 6-12 can learn about “Creatures of the Night” at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Tiffin University Nature Preserve.

Kids should dress to be outdoors and walk the trails looking and listening for the sights and sounds of the evening creatures in the preserve.

To register for either program, call (419) 435-3915.

Sandusky County

A year-long series called Nature Discoveries begins 1-3 p.m. Jan 19 at White Star Park’s main entrance, 925 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, with a program studying trees and their branches.

Bring a hand lens if possible. The program is open to those 10 and older.

Yo-Yo Quilting is planned 4:30-6:30 p.m. Jan.22 at the park office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont.

Participants should provide their own yard of yellow and green scrap fabric to help make a corn-themed fundraising quilt. Also, bring matching thread and scissors. Fabric can be plain or print.

No previous quilting experience is needed.

Register by calling (419) 334-4495.

Hancock County

Learn what bears really do in the woods during a Black Bears of Ohio program at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area.

Scott Butterworth, wildlife management supervisor with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, plans to discuss the life history and return of black bears to Ohio.

Riverbend Recreation Area is at 16618 TR 208, off SR 568 east of Findlay.

Dan Woodward, programs manager for Fort Meigs, Perrysburg, is to be the featured speaker during the first program in the 2013 Hancock Park District Historical Lecture Series.

He plans to speak about “The War of 1812 Soldier and Fort Findlay” at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 inside the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Woodward will be sharing detailed information on what it was like to be a War of 1812 soldier serving in Hull’s Army and will be showing several reproduction items.

Register with $2 by Jan. 18 at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., Findlay. Participants should be 12 or older due to program contents.

Oakwoods preserve is west of Findlay at 1400 Oakwoods Lane.

Crawford County

An All About Birds program is to take place 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Lowe-Volk Park with naturalist Josh Dyer.

Participants can view and touch a collection of bird-related items such as nests, feathers, mounts and eggs.

Lowe-Volk Park is 3 miles north of US 30.

Nutty Squirrels are the topic when volunteer Joy Etter-Link leads a program for children up to grade 5 at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lowe-Volk Park.

Join naturalist Warren Uxley for a winter bird walk at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sears Woods State Nature Preserve, 1486 Mt. Zion Road.

Wild food crops at home and hundreds of miles further north go a long way toward determining winter bird populations. There have been spectacular views of northern finches, grosbeaks and sparrows.

For more information, call (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordparkdistrict.