Outdoor briefs, Nov. 1

Upcycling program planned

Families can learn how items can be recycled into new items during an upcycling program 10 a.m. noon Nov. 9 at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Franics Ave.

The program is the second in a series of Saturday morning adult education programs lasting through the rest of the year.

The program is provide a look into the step-by-step process of taking recyclable materials and creating something new with them. After a short presentation, participants can upcycle some common items into new purposes and then take home to use as gifts or keep for themselves. The crafts are for children and adults.

To register, call (419) 448-7485 or email earthliteracy@felctiffin.org.

FELC to host Webelos program

A Webelos forester program is planned for 1-3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave.

Badge workshops meet designated requirements to complete each badge. Materials and leadership are provided by FELC.

Registration is required for the programs. Fee is $5 per scout.

To register or for more information, call (419) 448-7485.

Master gardener class forming

Anyone with a strong interest in gardening and helping others is invited to apply to become an Ohio State University Master Gardener volunteer.

Training is to begin Jan. 29 and continue every Wednesday through March at the Seneca County Agricultural Services Center, 3140 S. SR 100. Times are 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. each day.

To become certified, participants must attend all training sessions, pass an examination and volunteer 50 hours of horticultural service to the community.

Class size is limited, and there is a materials fee of $175.

For an application, call (419) 447-9722. Completed applications must be returned by Dec. 31.

Ohio acorn production declines

The 2013 Ohio acorn mast survey conducted at 36 wildlife areas showed a decrease in production from the previous year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Ohio’s fall crop of acorns is an important food source for more than 90 forest wildlife species, and mast crop abundance can influence hunting plans.

The overall number of white oak trees producing acorns decreased 30 percent after an almost banner year in 2012, and the number of red oak trees producing acorns decreased by 32 percent.

Hunters can expect to find white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and squirrels concentrated near areas with heavy crops of white and chestnut oak acorns. In areas with poor acorn production, animals are more likely to feed near agricultural areas and forest edges.

Acorn production is cyclical, with some trees producing acorns nearly every year, and others rarely producing. Wildlife prefer white oak acorns because red oak acorns contain a high amount of tannin and taste bitter.

Division of Wildlife employees scanned the canopies of selected oak trees on 36 state wildlife areas to determine the percentage of trees that produced acorns and the relative size of the acorn crop. An average of 21 percent of white oak trees and 34 percent of red oak trees bore fruit this year.

Thirty-three wildlife areas reported a decrease in white oak acorn production, and 31 wildlife areas showed a decrease in red oak acorn production. In 2012, 52 percent of white oak trees and 67 percent of red oak trees bore fruit, nearly matching the exceptional production in 2010.

Although the 2013 survey shows acorn mast production is below average, it has oscillated during the past five years. Anecdotal reports of above average crops of walnuts, hickories and beech nuts may offset the acorn decline this year.

Hunters may find this information online at bit.ly/2013fallohioacornresults.

Email A-T Staff Writer Vicki Johnson at vjohnson@advertiser-tribune.com.