Outdoors

Outdoor briefs, July 22

Water Fest is Aug. 4 at Miller Farm Seneca Conservation District is to host its second annual Water Fest Aug. 4 at Miller Conservation Farm, 5670 E. TR 138. The free event takes place rain or shine and offers families a chance to get outdoors, enjoy themselves and learn why clean water is ...

Park programs, July 22

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Tiffin Park & Recreation Department is to host its third annual VB(all) Nighter Aug. 25 at Hedges-Boyer Park. Teams can register by emailing Nick Basting at nbasting@tiffin ohio.gov. Registration fee is $100, and the winning team takes home $200. The ...

The definition of ‘berry’ gets picky

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet … —Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene II The suburban development outside Rochester, New York, was going up rapid fire, one cookie-cutter colonial after another. We were the fourth house down the hill ...

Park programs, July 15

Seneca County • During a Seneca County Park District Discovery Series program at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, teens ages 12-17 can learn about the sights and sounds of the night. Join a naturalist to discover something new and exciting in the nature preserves each month. For the location and to ...

Outdoor briefs, July 15

SCPD, FELC offering volunteer naturalist certification Seneca County Park District and Franciscan Earth Literacy Center are partnering to offer an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist course this fall. At the end of the course, attendees would be certified volunteer naturalists through The ...

Mild bloom forecast

GIBRALTAR ISLAND — This year’s harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie is expected to be of moderate severity — a 6 on a 10-point scale — according to research scientists who made the announcement Thursday. Rick Stumpf, oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Kasich move dictates some field practices

Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Wednesday mandating regulations on the methods some farmers use to fertilize crops. Although Lake Erie research experts were unclear Thursday on details of the measure, Laura Johnson, director of Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water ...

Outdoor briefs, July 8

Winners announced for park district photo contest Adult best of show and people’s choice awards went to Dawn Mizen and youth best of show and people’s choice went to Lyra Dicken during Seneca County Park District’s 18th annual photo contest. A public viewing of the 68 entries took ...

Park programs, July 8

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Young Adventurers ages 6-12 for some fishing fun at 5 p.m. Thursday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids can try their hand at catching a fish in the pond. Supplies are provided or they can provide their own. Registration is ...

The early bird greets dawn with song

I think, after all these years, Allen Benton’s rain song was just the robin whispering to itself. 1973. I was finishing my senior year at SUNY-Fredonia in western NY after a several year intermission, so to speak, in the military. Dr. Benton, the Biology Department’s Field ...

Park Programs, June 24

Tiffin Park & Recreation • The next summer PLAY Days sponsored by Tiffin Park & Recreation Department is planned for Friday at the Moose Shelter at Hedges-Boyer Park. Planned Leisure Activities for Youth Days involve organized games, crafts and activities in neighborhood parks. The ...

Outdoor briefs, June 24

SCPD board to consider grant allocations at meeting Monday Seneca County Park District’s board has scheduled a special meeting for 10:30 a.m. Monday to consider a recommendation for allocations of the park district’s Community Park Grant funds. The funds are from a portion of the park ...

Nightmare or daydream, here’s clover’s backstory

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee. One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few. – Emily Dickinson What would Miss Dickinson have known of the prairie, that immense sweep of unbroken grasslands that once stretched from the Dakotas ...

Outdoor briefs, June 17

Yosemite’s haven for giant sequoias ready for visitors YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park’s largest sequoia grove is ready to open to the public after crews completed a restoration project to protect the nearly 500 ancient trees, officials said ...

Park programs, June 17

Tiffin Park & Recreation • The Late Show is featured June 24 in the Tiffin Park & Recreation Department Summer Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. in the band shelter at Hedges-Boyer Park. The rest of the concerts in this year’s series, sponsored by Tiffin Moose, include Rusty Vinyl at 7 ...

Biological time clocks are ticking

As one telling of the story goes, at some point during Yogi Berr’s managerial stint with the Mets in the early 1970s, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver called over to him: Tom: “Hey, Yogi, what time is it?” Yogi: “You mean now?” We humans are deeply interested — obsessed would ...

Park Programs, June 3

Tiffin Park & Recreation • North Coast Concert Band kicks off the Tiffin Parks & Recreation Department Summer Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. today in the band shelter at Hedges-Boyer Park. Other concerts in the series, sponsored by Tiffin Moose, include Fostoria Community Band at 7:30 ...

Outdoor Briefs, June 3

SRWC meeting set for Wednesday The next Steering Committee meeting for the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition is 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Heidelberg Campus Center 220. The meeting is to focus on the organization’s annual meeting and family-centered activities scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 ...

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

Spring is the busiest time of year for bees and their beekeepers. Queens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load in raising more brood. For beekeepers, late summer and autumn are the ...