Outdoor briefs, Feb. 11

Gypsy moth management open house Tuesday

An open house about the state’s gypsy moth management program has been scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Seneca County Fairgrounds Junior Fair Building, 100 Hopewell Ave.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture each year conducts an extensive trapping program across Ohio to detect growing populations of the invasive species Lymantria dispar, better known as the gypsy moth.

ODA recently completed an analysis of gypsy moth populations throughout Ohio, and aerial treatments of infested forested areas may begin in early to mid-May with a larvacide treatment and in mid-June with a mating disruption treatment.

Notification letters are to be sent to residents that may be affected by the treatment. The public comment period ends March 2.

For more information, call (614) 728-6400 or email. adkins@agri.ohio.gov, or visit www.agri.ohio.gov and click on Programs and then on Gypsy Moth Program.

Sandusky County PD to offer OCVN training

FREMONT — Sandusky County Park District, in conjunction with Ohio State University Extension, is planning Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist training Tuesday evenings and select Saturday mornings during April and May at Wilson Nature Center at Creek Bend Farm, Lindsey.

The training program provides a balanced, integrated and practical course in natural resource science. Participants learn about the biology, ecology and natural history of Ohio from park district staff as well as state experts.

Participants become part of a local and statewide network of volunteers who apply their talents and passion to protecting, restoring and understanding Ohio’s natural treasures.

The course fee is $100, which covers classroom materials, training and refreshments.

For more information or to register visit www.lovemyparks.com and click on programs and events, or call (419) 334-4495. Registration deadline is March 23.

Hancock PD planning Recycled Runway fundraiser

FINDLAY — Register by noon March 2 for Hancock Park District’s Recycled Runway, Posh Repurpose for Parks fundraising fashion show to take place May 4.

Participants are to create fashionable looks made from materials that otherwise would be headed to the landfill.

Designers must be 15 years or older to enter, but models may be of any age. Each entry must be a wearable outfit to be eligible to win prizes — $500 for grand prize — on the red carpet at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Participants have until the day of the show to complete their designs.

Entries are being accepted securely online at www.hancockparks.com under Park News. The $25 entrance fee includes one outfit submission, food ticket for one designer and one model.

Audience guest tickets are to be sold through the website beginning March 3.

WFIN’s Chris Oaks is to be master of ceremonies, and guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, music, raffles and the fashion show.

Proceeds benefit Hancock Parks Foundation

For more information, contact Anne Coburn-Griffis, acoburn-griffis@hancockparks.com or (419) 425-7275.

Seneca County deer hunt totals almost 1,900

COLUMBUS — Seneca County hunters checked a total of 1,895 deer during fall and winter seasons, an increase from 1,842 deer last season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Statewide, hunters harvested 186,247 deer, up from last season’s total of 182,169.

Numbers in neighboring counties were: Crawford, 1,222 (1,113); Hancock, 1,228 (1,179); Huron, 2,377 (2,279); Sandusky, 904 (862); Wood, 931 (857); and Wyandot: 1,559 (1,484).

Wildlife Diversity Conference set for March 6

COLUMBUS — Experts from Ohio and across the country are to convene March 6 to examine Ohio’s predatory animals at the 34th annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus.

Covering predators that fly to those that howl in the night, the conference is sure to make attendees hungry for more information. Keynote speaker is to be Aaron Corcoran from the University of North Carolina, whose research focuses on the aerial warfare between bats and their insect prey.

Doors open for registration at 8 a.m. and the conference, Predators: Never Late for Dinner, is to run 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Ohio Union is at 1739 N. High St., Columbus.

The conference is sponsored by the ODNR Division of Wildlife.

Register at wildohio.gov or call (800) WILDLIFE (945-3543). People who register before March 1 are to receive a discounted rate of $25. The cost beginning March 1 will be $35. Reduced-price student registration is available for $10.

People who register before the conference may purchase the 2018 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and pin featuring the eastern garter snake at a price of $12, a 20-percent savings. Stamps and pins are to be available for purchase at the conference for the regular price of $15.

Details about the stamp are available at wildohio.gov. Proceeds from stamp sales are used to support endangered and threatened native species, habitat restoration, land purchases, conservation easements and educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts.

Woodland Water and Wildlife Conference March 7

The 2018 Ohio Woodland Water and Wildlife Conference is to take place March 7 at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center, 890 W. 4th St., #100, Mansfield.

The event targets natural resource land managers who are looking to stay up to date with key natural resource issues. There is a notebook of the presentations given to each attendee along with a jump drive containing supplemental information.

Some of the topics on the agenda include using drones to monitor forest health; water level control for wetland management; climate change impacts to forests and wildlife; what is beech leaf disease?; and Ohio’s Comeback Critters — bears, bobcats, otters and fishers.

Early registration before Feb. 20 is $60, and then increases to $80. The final day to register is Feb. 27.

Continuing education credits are to be offered for ISA, pesticide and SAF-CFE.

Lake La Su An youth turkey hunt drawing March 24

FINDLAY — A special drawing is to take place March 24 at the Lake La Su An Wildlife Area headquarters for youths interested in turkey hunting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Youths ages 17 and younger may participate.

Lake La Su An Wildlife Area headquarters is at 09-455 CR R, Pioneer. Registration is to begin at 9:30 a.m. and continues until the drawing at 10 a.m.

Youth hunters must possess a valid 2018-2019 hunting license to register. Youth hunters are not required to be present to register. Adults may register a youth by presenting the youth’s hunting license.

Winners are to select an available section of their choice for a three-, four-, or five-day permit for the youth and spring wild turkey seasons. There are 56 spots available.

For more information, call (419) 485-9092 or (419) 424-5000.