Briefly, Jan. 17

Calendar contest winners chosen by waste district

The artwork of Bailey Huss and Makayla Dariano of Calvert High School and Jenna Huffman and Olivia Lear of Hopewell-Loudon was selected for use in Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Solid Waste District’s Calendar Design Contest.

Students in the three counties in grades 7-12 were encouraged to create a design with a recycling or litter prevention theme to be included in a 2014 calendar.

Entries were judged by the Community Arts Council in Tiffin. Twelve designs were selected to be displayed within the calendar.

In Seneca County, high school winners were Bailey, first, and Daiano, second. Seneca County middle school winners were Huffman, first, and Lear, second.

Calendars were distributed to schools and county offices in each of the three counties. Winners received a book bag made from recycled plastic water bottles and yogurt containers and filled with a variety of art supplies. In addition, the district framed the winner’s original artwork in a recycled content frame.

Area conservancy to host farmland preservation forum

Black Swamp Conservancy, a Perrysburg-based land conservation organization, is planning an informational meeting about farmland preservation 4-6 p.m. Monday.

The meeting is to take place in the Great Room at W.W. Knight Preserve, 29530 White Road in Perrysburg, near White Road and East River Road (SR 65).

The conservancy has been allocated $564,320 from the Ohio Department of Agriculture for the purchase of agricultural easements through the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program.

Black Swamp Conservancy also uses the Federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, administered by USDA-NRCS.

Landowners interested in preserving their farmland are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn about LAEPP, FRPP and other options available to them.

Muzzleloaders take 98 deer

Despite record-setting cold temperatures, Seneca County hunters harvested 98 deer during muzzleloader season Jan. 4-7, compared to 149 last muzzleloader season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

In neighboring counties, numbers also were down: Crawford, 53 (95); Hancock, 42 (102); Huron, 150 (177); Sandusky, 43 (66); Wood, 34 (57); and Wyandot, 69 (126).

Statewide, hunters took 16,464 deer, and 3,800 deer were checked during Monday and Tuesday’s extreme cold.

Counties reporting the highest number of deer checked were Guernsey, 652; Coshocton, 630; Muskingum, 593; Tuscarawas, 592; Belmont, 561; Harrison, 513; Licking, 511; Athens, 485; Jefferson, 472; and Carroll, 458.

Wildlife council to consider changing rules for bobcats

Ohio Wildlife Council received proposed changes to several species designations, including bobcats, as well as potential dates for the upcoming fall hunting seasons at its last meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Division of Wildlife biologists submitted a proposal to remove the bobcat from Ohio’s threatened species list. The bobcat was one of 71 species on Ohio’s first endangered list in 1974. The bobcat population then began to rebound in the 1970s, and in recent years the number of verified sightings has continued to increase.

Changes were proposed for four other species.

Now endangered, snowshoe hares were proposed to be changed to a species of concern. Translocated hares have not been detected in Ohio since 2010 as the population has declined.

Presently listed as endangered, the Bewick’s wren is proposed to move to extirpated. The last time a Bewick’s wren nest was confirmed in Ohio was 1995.

Another species of concern, the smooth greensnake is proposed to move to the endangered list. This rare snake has lost much of its habitat and range in Ohio.

The Eastern hog-nosed snake is to be listed as a species of concern.

Hunting season date proposals are to maintain many traditional opening day dates.

Sept. 1 is the proposed start date for fall squirrel and dove seasons, while rabbit, ring-necked pheasant and bobwhite quail seasons are proposed to start Nov. 7. Fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum and weasel hunting and trapping are proposed to start Nov. 10.

Proposed wild turkey hunting season dates this fall are Oct. 13-Nov. 30, and spring dates next year would be April 20-May 17. Proposed youth turkey weekend is April 18-19.

Spaces available For fishing instructor workshop Feb. 1

Spaces are available for educators, leaders or conservation clubs who have an interest in taking kids fishing and want to become certified fishing instructors, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

A free workshop is to take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 1 at Wildlife District Two Office, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay.

Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors. All participants will need to pass a background check before being certified.

Passport to Fishing was developed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and adopted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Workshops teach volunteers the basics of fishing and how to run a four-station fishing program with a fishing event.

These instructors then go back to their communities, with a written curriculum and training aids, to teach youngsters and beginning anglers the basics of fishing.

By becoming a certified instructor, attendees will be able to help in reconnecting students with the outdoors, and have the skills and resources to do it in a more successful way. Resources available include grants, equipment, brochures and training.

To register for the workshop, call Linda at (419) 429-8347 by Jan. 24. For additional class information, visit

– Compiled by Staff Writer Vicki Johnson