Briefly, July 19

Summer camps slated

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center has three youth summer camps left this season.

Next week’s camp is a five-day science camp for ages 5-10 to take place 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday.

The camp scheduled for July 29-Aug. 2 is a five-day “Camp Dig” for ages 5-10. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon. Children will become historical detectives to find out how things have changed in northwest Ohio.

The last camp of the summer is four-day Aquatic Adventures set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5-8. Kids can explore the science of water and learn how to protect it.

For fees and other information or to register, call (419) 448-7485.

Drawings planned

for controlled hunts

Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in drawings for controlled hunting opportunities in northwest Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

A drawing is planned at Magee Marsh for early teal and goose hunting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Registration is 5-6:20 p.m. at the Magee Marsh Beach parking lot, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.

Two drawings for early teal and goose hunting at Pipe Creek Wildlife Area and East Sandusky Bay Metro Park are to take place at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Osborn Park, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron. Registration is 5-6:20 p.m.

Adult participants are required to present a current or previous year’s Ohio Wetland Stamp or resident hunting license. Youth hunters are required to provide a 2012 or 2013 resident youth hunting license.

Conservancy agrees to protection of Bell Woods

PERRYSBURG – Black Swamp Conservancy has entered into a conservation easement protecting an 80-acre property outside of Pemberville in Wood County.

The property, known as Bell Woods, is a forested wetland, one of the few remnants of the Great Black Swamp which retains the natural characteristics of this region’s natural history.

Eight state-listed species are known to inhabit Bell Woods, including two rare orchids, and the property includes a great blue heron rookery with more than 40 nests.

In the spring, trillium carpets the forest floor.

The protection was made possible by a grant from the Clean Ohio Greenspace Fund, which helps support the preservation of natural habitats throughout the state.

The property remains private land.

– By Vicki Johnson, A-T staff writer