Outdoor briefs, April 19

Household hazardous waste collection planned April 27

Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection 9 a.m.-noon April 27 for residents of Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties, including all of Fostoria and Bellevue.

In Seneca County, the new drop-off location for this year is the Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell Ave.

People with last names that start with the letters A-M are asked to drop off items 9-10:30 a.m. and last names N-Z from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Other locations accepting items are the Ottawa County Fairgrounds, West SR 163, Oak Harbor, and Sandusky County Fairgrounds, north parking lot, 712 North St., Fremont.

Residents are asked not to smoke and to stay in their vehicles while they are being unloaded at the collection.

Items accepted are paint and related products in containers no larger than 5 gallons such as latex and oil-based paint, sealers, primers, coatings and spray-paint aerosol cans; household pesticides (bug and rodent killers), herbicides (weed killers), insecticides (bug killers) and fungicides (mold killers); varnish, polyurethane and shellacs, wood stains, primers and strippers, paint thinner, turpentine, kerosene and lighter fluid; and household cleaners such as oven and drain cleaner and muriatic acid.

Also accepted are hand-held propane cylinders; household batteries; fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs; cooking oil; automotive fluids including antifreeze and motor oil; and mercury solids, liquids and thermostats.

For more information, call (419) 334-7222 or (888) 850-7224.

Storm water meeting for town officials coming Wednesday

FREMONT – Sandusky River Watershed Coalition’s Water Supply and Wastewater Committee invites anyone interested in storm water funding to a workshop 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday in the WSOS Brady Building, first-floor conference room, 219 S. Front St., Fremont.

Everyone is welcome but the coalition is encouraging city and village officials especially to attend and learn more about ways the coalition is willing to collaborate on water quality beneficial efforts such as storm water management.

For details, call (419) 334-5016.

Forest farming program slated

Vince Kirchner, a certified permaculture designer, master gardener and expert on mushroom farming, is to be talking about forest farming 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center.

He plans to take participants through the process of creating a mushroom log. People attending also will learn techniques of farming in the woods, including food products, medicinal plants, ornamentals and alternative agricultural techniques.

The workshop takes place at FELC, 194 St. Francis Ave.

Spring turkey season opening

COLUMBUS – Spring wild turkey hunting season opens Monday, and a youth season takes place Saturday and Sunday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The 2012 hatch should produce more jakes (1-year-old male turkeys) this year and help offset the poor 2011 hatch. However, the woods may be quieter with fewer 2-year-old toms, which generally are the most vocal gobblers.

Hunters harvested 17,657 wild turkeys during the 2012 youth and spring seasons, compared with 2011’s 18,162 birds.

The season is open statewide with the exception of Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County, which requires a special hunting permit.

In a new tagging procedure implemented this year, hunters must make their own game tag to attach to a turkey. Game tags can be made of any material (cardboard, plastic, paper, etc.) as long as it contains the hunter’s name, date, time and county of the harvest. Go to the Turkey Hunting Resources page at www.wildohio.

com for more information on changes to the game check process.

Black Swamp Conservancy to host Wood County nature walk

PEMBERVILLE – Black Swamp Conservancy invites the public to experience springtime in the Great Black Swamp at 10 a.m. May 4 at Huber Woods, rural Pemberville.

Huber Woods retains many qualities of the Great Black Swamp and boasts six state-listed rare, threatened and endangered species, including the three-birds orchid and the ruby-crowned kinglet. Guided by landowners Robert Huber and Moira Von Stadden, biology professors at Bowling Green State University, the tour includes a visit to the great blue heron rookery on the property.

The conservancy’s first walk of the season is to be at 10 a.m. April 27 at Forrest Woods Nature Preserve in Paulding County. Situated along Marie DeLarme Creek, a tributary of the Maumee River, the preserve is one of the finest remnants of the historic Great Black Swamp.

Walks are to take place rain or shine.

Those interested in attending should RSVP and obtain directions by calling (419) 872-5263.