Outdoors briefs, March 21

Bartlett and crew banding birds at Springville Marsh

Tom Bartlett and his crew of volunteers have begun banding birds for an ongoing study at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve.

Dates in March are Saturday and March 30. April dates are 12, 13, 19 and 26. And May dates are 11, 18, 24, 25 and 31.

Hours are a half-hour before sunrise until around noon.

If weather is questionable, Bartlett suggests calling him before driving to the site, at (419) 447-0005 or (567) 278-2300.

Grant winners announced

Fostoria Fire Department and Seneca County Park District were among 12 recipients of funding from Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District to buy products made from recycled materials in the first round of competitive funding.

Fostoria Fire Department was awarded $5,900 to buy cribbing made from recycled plastic and the park district received $1,986 to buy recycled plastic signs for use in the parks.

The grant program’s main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, governmental entities or non-profit organizations.

Any agency applying must have a recycling program in place to apply for funds for products made from recycled material. Each applicant must match a minimum of 20 percent of the project cost, and products must contain at least 25 percent recycled material.

The next funding round deadline is June 30. Grant applications are available online, however, applicants are required to attend a meeting prior to submitting an application. The purpose of the meeting is to explain information needed to properly fill out the grant application form.

The next meeting is 10 a.m. May 29 at the district’s main office, 1875 E. State St., Fremont. Registration is required by calling (888) 850-7224.

Panel amends proposal for deer-hunting change

After considering public input and reviewing data, modifications were made to the 2014-15 hunting regulations proposals the Ohio Wildlife Council is to vote on at its next meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The amended proposal states that shotguns and pistol cartridge rifles used for white-tailed deer hunting be loaded with no more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

Deer bag limit adjustments were proposed in five counties. The updated bag limit proposal would lower limits in Trumbull County to three deer and Mercer County to two deer. The antlerless permit was proposed to be removed from Hardin, Knox and Lawrence counties, where the bag limit remains three deer. Hunters may harvest only one antlered deer in Ohio, regardless of method or location.

The council is to vote on proposals at its April 9 meeting.

Fishing workshop April 9

Spaces are available for educators, leaders or conservation clubs interested 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 be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 9 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. Participants must pass a background check before being certified.

To register, call (419) 429-8347 by April 2.

Habitat stamp chosen

The artwork of wildlife artist Gunner Hilliard won first place in the 2014 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Hilliard’s painting of northern shovelers is to appear on the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp issued in fall 2015.

The winner was selected from a field of 17 original paintings submitted by artists from nine states.