Outdoors

Park briefs, May 27

Tiffin Park & Recreation • The city swimming pool at Hedges-Boyer Park is to open for the season 1-7 p.m. Monday. The pool is to be open daily through Aug. 18. Daily admission is $3 for youth ages 17 and younger, free for children ages 2 and younger, $5 for adults ages 18-59, $4 for ...

Outdoor briefs, May 27

Ohio Wildlife Council OKs 2018-19 hunting regs COLUMBUS — The 2018-19 hunting and trapping seasons have been approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. White-tailed deer hunting changes include modifications to antlerless harvest on ...

Protected

A Canada goose protects a group of goslings resting on brush in the Sandusky River near Washington Street Sunday afternoon.

More to fungi than meets the eye

“Now of course, the fungi are much more closely related to us than they are to plants.” Wait. … What? Yes, for a long time biologists classified them as a weird side branch of the Plant Kingdom. After all, mushrooms grow from the ground, have a stem-like structure and reproductive ...

Parks Programs, May 13

Seneca County • A Craft Creations program on cast iron cooking is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Participants can try their hand at cast iron cooking by preparing a dessert over the open fire. They all can learn about care and ...

Award winning painting

COLUMBUS — The artwork of wildlife artist Jocelyn Beatty won first place in the 2018 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp design competition, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Beatty’s painting of a pair of redheads will appear on the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp issued in fall ...

Janet bids farewell — to the column, not her garden

Note: This column is written by Janet DelTurco’s granddaughter, Brittany Szablewski. There are a few things you should know. The first is that Janet (also known in our family as Nan) has had a mild stroke. Thankfully, she is recovering more every day. The next thing that you should know ...

Outdoor briefs, April 29

Watershed coalition meeting Wednesday at Heidelberg Sandusky River Watershed Coalition Steering Committee is planning its monthly meeting for 8:30-10.20 a.m. Wednesday at Heidelberg Campus Center 220. On the agenda are membership, by-laws and planning the annual meeting. For more ...

Park Programs, April 29

Seneca County • Nature textures is the topic of a Seneca County Park District Backpackin’ Babies program at 5 p.m. Thursday at Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore textures and nature things ...

Some hard-earned knowledge about skunks

As the Ojibwe elders tell it, there was once a hunter who was a good provider for his wife and young son, but he unfortunately had a bad temper. One day, his wife irritated him while he was trapping beaver and he yelled at her so harshly that she ran back to the wigwam and took away their son, ...

Outdoor briefs, April 22

Tiffin gets 37th Tree City USA award Members of the Shade Tree and Beautification Commission of Tiffin Wednesday accepted the city’s 37th award from the 2018 Northwest Ohio Tree City USA awards celebration at Trinity Evangelical Church, Upper Sandusky. The northwest Ohio district ...

Park Programs, April 22

Seneca County • A Craft Creations program on knitting 101 is planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 south of Bloomville. Participants can try their hands at basic knitting stitches. No experience needed, but experienced people ...

Park patrons

Judy and John Arnold received the Commissioners Award from the Seneca County Park District in March for their years of service to the board and park projects. Judy retired as board secretary in March after more than 19 years of taking meeting minutes, handling correspondence and similar ...

Volunteers muscle behind Kildow

A partnership among Seneca County’s conservation organizations has been quietly happening for more than two years. About 25 dedicated people have been restoring Kildow Wildlife Area from a mass of invasive species to a vibrant habitat for wildlife. The state-owned Kildow property north of ...

$1.3M bequested to county parks

Seneca County Park District’s board Tuesday accepted a bequest of more than $1.3 million to its endowment fund to be used for special projects. The bequest from the late Robert Teach, of Republic, who died Jan. 31, was made to the endowment fund, and interest earned from the principal can ...

You can’t see a forest without the trees

They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum, And they charged all the people a dollar and a half to see ’em. Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone? They paved paradise and they put up a parking lot. Joni Mitchell wrote those ...

Peppers are colorful and — hot or not — easy vegetables to grow

No vegetable is easier to grow than a pepper. This is a perfectly straight-forward plant that simply needs you to wait patiently until the ground has reached 65 degrees and the last frost is over for the year, and then to slip the seedlings into the ground. There are many, many varieties of ...

Park programs, April 8

Seneca County • Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion can learn about rain as they explore the trail at 5 p.m. April 17 at Schekelhoff Nature Preserve. Registration is required. For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 435-3915 or email ...

Outdoor briefs, April 8

Community garden plots available at Seeds of Hope Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is hosting community garden plots on the Seeds of Hope Farm. Plots are available for a participation fee for anyone interested in growing produce to use themselves. FELC promotes active learning and healthy ...