FELC sponsoring oil conversion forum
The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is hosting Enrique Gomezdelcampo, professor at Bowling Green State University, for an adult education program called "French Fried Machines" 10 a.m.-noon April 28,
The program deals with converting diesel and gasoline lawnmower engines to use recycled cooking oil instead of fuel.
Gomezdelcampo is to explain where and how to get waste cooking oil, how much money is saved, as well as the environmental savings.
Program fee is $5.
For more information or to register, call (419) 448-7485.
Magee fundraiser scheduled May 12
OAK HARBOR - Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is hosting the second annual Walk on
the Wild Side at 9:30 a.m. May 12.
Proceeds support Magee's Weeds to Wildflowers project. Walkers are encouraged to get sponsors to raise funds to help meet a goal of $2,500. Walkers may form their own team or join an existing team.
Last year, volunteers planted more than 900 native plants such as wild columbine and wild geranium along the boardwalk to add beauty and benefit birds and other wildlife.
For more information, visit walk.birdday.org/mageemarsh.
Spring turkey season opening
COLUMBUS - Spring wild turkey season opens in all 88 counties April 23 and continues through May 20, according
to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
A youth-only hunt is to take place April 21-22. Young hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, age 18 or older. Legal hunting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset each day.
All hunters must report their harvest, but no longer are required to take a turkey to a check station for physical inspection.
Legal hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until noon April 23-May 6. Hours May 7-20 are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset.
Ohio leads nation in Tree City spots
COLUMBUS - Ohio remains the nation's leader in Tree City USA communities with 237 participating cities, villages and townships.
This marks the state's 31st year as the top Tree City USA state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.
"Half of Ohioans live and work in a Tree City USA and enjoy a variety of benefits that come with having more trees, such as cleaner air and water, reduced stormwater runoff and increased property values," said Bob Boyles, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry.
As part of the nationwide program, Ohioans last year planted more than 28,000 trees, pruned more than 92,000 trees, volunteered more than 43,000 hours landscaping public parks and preserves and invested more than $39 million toward urban forestry efforts.
Ohio state parks offer 25% discount
COLUMBUS - April has been designated Go Camping Month at Ohio State Parks, and to celebrate, the state park campgrounds are offering a 25 percent discount.
The discount applies to regular camping fees in any of 55 family campgrounds or 16 horseman's camps, as well as getaway rentals, including Rent-a-Camp, Rent-a-RV, yurt, tipi, camper cabin and cedar cabin units offered at 38 state parks.
The discount is available through April 30 on overnight stays, and cannot be combined with other discounts.
Campsites and getaway rentals can be reserved up to six months in advance by calling (866) 644-6727 or online at www.ohiostateparks.org.
'Angler' TV series to kick off Saturday
"The Buckeye Angler" fishing show premieres on the Ohio News Network at 7 a.m. Saturday, starring outdoor columnist and host Jack Kiser, Ohio editor of Midwest Outdoors Magazine and regular columnist for Ohio Valley Outdoors.
The program features location segments at fishing and recreational outdoor locations throughout the state and emphasizes environmentally responsible ways to enjoy Ohio's wetlands and waterways in a family friendly and "down home" format.
Upcoming guest stars on the program include fishing legends Roland Martin and Jimmy Houston.
"The Buckeye Angler" was named best TV show/video project for 2010 by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio.
Locally, ONN is on channel 362 for Time Warner customers.
Vicki Johnson is the outdoors reporter for The A-T. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.