Outdoors briefs, May 2

OSS billboard contest winners

Winning designs in this year’s OSS Solid Waste District’s billboard contest for fifth-graders were created by Brynn Carrel, Hopewell-Loudon; Avree DeBold, Seneca East; and Ariana Remmel, Noble Elementary.

The contest, sponsored each year by Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Joint Solid Waste District, encourages students to enter designs with a recycling or litter-prevention theme. District staff members select three winners from each county and artwork is displayed on billboards within their respective counties during April in celebration of Earth Day.

Fishing offered free this weekend

Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of free fishing days Saturday and Sunday.

For two days only, anglers may fish in any of the state’s public waters without having to buy a fishing license, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

The divisions of Wildlife and Parks are co-sponsoring a youth fishing activity 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Maumee Bay State Park. Youths 15 years and younger are eligible to participate.

During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid fishing license to take fish, frogs or turtles from Ohio waters. A license costs $19 a year for residents.

Wildflower walk

Black Swamp Conservancy is hosting a guided wildflower walk at 10 a.m. May 10 at Bell Woods in Wood County.

The wooded wetland, protected with a conservation easement in 2013, features native wildflowers including trillium. The walk includes a glimpse of the great blue heron rookery on the property.

For more information, call (419) 872-5263.

Workshop taking applicants

An EARTH teacher workshop is scheduled June 17-18 at Wynford Schools, near Bucyrus.

The theme for the two-day, hands-on learning event, hosted by Seneca, Crawford and Marion Soil & Water Conservation Districts, is “Digging In to Real Science.” It provides lessons, resources, experts and activities to teach the Next Generation Science Standards. Sessions are provided for all grade levels and are cross curricular.

Non-formal educators also are welcome.

Registration is $55 before May 21 and $65 later, which includes snacks, lunch, field trips and materials.

For a list of sessions, visit www.senecaswcd.com.

Birding tours on tap for beginners

Ohio Ornithological Society is accepting applications for beginner bird tours on International Migratory Bird Day at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Times are 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. May 10 and 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. May 11. Walks are limited to 15 participants each.

To sign up, applicants should email info@ohiobirds.org with name, phone number, date and desired time.