Outdoors

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 ...

Time to get busy outside in earnest

After a winter that seemed to go on for ever, decorated with a frosting of snow every time we began to come up for air, yesterday was the first time we saw a day that felt like spring. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the temperature just right. I reviewed my list of jobs to be done ...

Park Programs, April 1

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District reminds residents of its walking stick program. Two hikes are offered each month, and people who attend four hikes earn a walking stick. After they attend another four hikes, they earn a medallion. • An ongoing program at Garlo Heritage Nature ...

Outdoor Programs, April 1

SCPD board, staff to meet Tuesday at park office Seneca County Park District board and staff members are to meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the park office. The meeting is to explore the responsibilities of the board and those of staff members to void potential conflict, said board Chairman Jim ...

Gardens are dynamic

Anyone who has the responsibility for a garden, whether it be a window box or container or a full-fledged estate, knows things never stand still. They always are moving and shifting and growing and changing. I am going to see even more of this process than usual as we recover and rebuild ...

Park Briefs

Sandusky County • Sandusky County Park District is to host a Botany 101 series 6-8 p.m. beginning Thursday and continuing March 22 and 29 at Creek Bend Farm’s Wilson Nature Center, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey. Tiptoe through the trout lilies during a hike to view wildflowers in the park and ...

At the intersection of cars and deer

It’s totally not supposed to work this way. Seriously, the two other times I hit a deer—one a gentle no-harm-done kiss with the bumper and the other a $4,200 rearrangement of the truck’s front end—at least those both occurred when you might expect, at dusk on a brisk November ...

Tickets available for Pheasants Forever banquet set for March 24

Tickets are for sale until March 19 for the annual Seneca County Pheasants Forever fundraiser banquet to take place March 24 at Meadowbrook Ballroom, Bascom. People who buy tickets by Thursday are to be entered in an early-bird drawing. The banquet is open to the public, but tickets must be ...

Planting time almost here

It seems that we only have had a couple of days without snow on the ground since Thanksgiving. It will be so good to see some green sprouts appearing and some color in the landscape at last. I need to clear the latest jigsaw puzzle from the table in the sun room and get the seeds settled in for ...

Blue jay’s way: Animals and color

“Good morning. Baker, Baker, Brown and Gray; how may I direct your call?” With our two adult daughters long since out of the house, it’s just Deb, me, the chocolate lab and the little gray tabby cat at home now. We sound like a law firm. Cute. How about Baker, Baker, Green and Blue? ...

Park Programs, Feb. 25

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District’s monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 9 south of Bloomville. All ages are welcome to walk the trails to see what nature has to offer. Dress appropriately for a one to 1 1/2-hour walk. ...

Fire changes everything — temporarily

The most predictable thing about my life at the moment is its unpredictability. Things have been up and down since last fall, with a  disaster this past Friday evening when we had a major fire on the property. We think it may have started in the chicken coop, where we had a heat lamp. ...

Park programs, Feb. 11

Seneca County • Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to a join a bird count at 9 a.m. Saturday at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids should dress to be outdoors as they find a spot to watch and count birds. Bird identification books are provided. ...

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 ...

Chickens, gardens just go together

I keep my crackers in a cookie jar that proclaims, “A garden without chickens is like a film with no actors.” Just in case I forget! My garden is centered around them, and they force me to go outside at least once a day for feeding time. Otherwise, I probably would stay shut in on most ...