Briefly, May 24

Help needed

to sample rivers

Volunteers are needed to conduct stream quality monitoring on the Maumee and Sandusky rivers for the state’s Ohio Scenic Rivers program.

Sessions on the Sandusky River are planned for 10 a.m.-noon June 15 at Indian Mill, SR 53, near Upper Sandusky, and Aug. 17 at Wolf Creek, SR 53 between Tiffin and Fremont.

Maumee River training dates are 6-8 p.m. June 12 at Farnsworth Park, Lucas County, and 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 31 at Otsego Park, Wood County.

During the workshops, volunteers are to sample water quality by learning to net and identify the aquatic insects that live in the rivers, to help determine water quality.

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Turkey harvest decreases locally

Seneca County wild turkey hunters checked 154 birds, a decrease from 165 in 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Statewide, hunters got 18,391 turkeys, a 4 percent increase from 2012’s 17,646 birds, during the season that ended Sunday.

In neighboring counties, hunters had higher numbers this year than in 2012 – Crawford, 93 this year (77 in 2012); Hancock, 34 (23); Huron, 186 (152); Sandusky, 25 (13); Wood, 30 (19); and Wyandot: 114 (88).

Ashtabula County again led the state with 766.

The Division of Wildlife estimated more than 70,000 people hunted turkeys during the spring season.