Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District has scheduled a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday at Miller Conservation Farm for the maintenance building, the walkway that meets Americans with Disabilities Act specifications, a new paved parking lot and a supervisor memorial.
Bird walk slated
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is joining other places around the globe during the kickoff weekend of Pledge to Fledge by offering a beginning birder walk at 10 a.m. Aug. 25.
Participants should meet at the Bird Center at Magee Marsh for an easy walk. Binoculars are to be provided for people who need them. Birders are encouraged to bring a friend, relative, neighbor, co-worker, young person, or any other "non-birding" person.
Pledge to Fledge project is an effort to mobilize everyday birders across six continents to share their interest in birding with non-birders.
For more information, call (419) 898-0960, ext. 31.
Deer hunts in 7
COLUMBUS - In an effort to control deer populations, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, in conjunction with the ODNR Division of Parks, is to coordinate gun and archery deer hunts at seven state nature preserves.
Applications are to be handled at the local level by individual preserve managers. Hunters must attend individual meetings where they can enter a drawing. Up to five entries per hunter are allowed with a $5 fee for each entry.
Hunters must possess a valid 2012-13 hunting license. Names are to be randomly drawn, and hunting pairs are to be assigned a two-week block of time. Orientation immediately follows the drawing.
In northwest Ohio, an archery hunt drawing is to take place at Goll Woods State Nature Preserve, 26093 CR F, Archbold, at 9 a.m. Sept. 1.
An archery hunt drawing is to take place at Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve, 13278 CR 190, Kenton, at 10 a.m. Aug. 25.
Contact Ryan Schroeder at (419) 445-1775 for either drawing.
No Asian carp found in western parts of Lake Erie
After a week of intensive electrofishing and gill netting activities in Sandusky Bay, Maumee Bay and their main tributaries, officials have found no bighead or silver Asian carp in western Lake Erie.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to work to assess the status of Asian carp.
Fish sampling took place in response to six water samples taken from Sandusky and north Maumee bays in August 2011 that tested positive for the presence of Asian carp eDNA. Additional eDNA sampling activities occurred July 30-Aug. 4, and those findings are to be announced in a few weeks.
Waterfowl season dates approved
COLUMBUS - The 2012-13 waterfowl hunting season dates have been approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
The Lake Erie Marsh Zone encompasses portions of Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky and Erie counties. Duck season in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone is Oct. 13-28, followed by a second segment Nov. 10-Dec. 23.
Duck season in the North Zone is Oct. 13-28 and Nov. 24-Jan. 6. In the South Zone, duck season is open Oct. 20-28 and Dec. 8-Jan. 27.
Daily bag limit for ducks is six, which may not include more than four mallards (no more than one may be female), three wood ducks, one black duck, two redheads, four scaup, one canvasback, two pintails and one mottled duck.