SWCD: Harvest Fest help needed
Seneca Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers and donations for the fifth annual Harvest Fest to take place Oct. 13 at Miller Conservation Farm, 5670 E. TR 138.
A highlight of the free, family event is a nature and candy hike. Families hike through the woods stopping at stations along the way. Each station has a nature-based activity and question. At the end of the hike, people who answered all 10 questions correctly get to pick 10 pieces of candy.
The hiking trail is stroller accessible, though not paved. It winds through different types of woodlands, near ponds, over streams, into crop fields and ends at the back of the farm.
Hayrides, an obstacle course, archery, crafts and educational displays also are planned.
Go to www.senecaswcd.com or call (419) 447-7073.
Asian carp video footage offered
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee has released Asian carp footage to the broadcast media and to the public. The footage provides extensive, professionally filmed video of Asian carp, an invasive species threatening to enter the Great Lakes.
People may view the footage by visiting www.glfcvideos.org.
New footage will be added as it becomes available. The video footage was acquired by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission at the request of the ACRCC.
Asian carp refers to several species of carp originating in Asia. Bighead and silver varieties were imported into the United States in the 1970s to keep aquaculture facilities clean, to manage waste and, in the case of bighead carp, to serve as a fish for human consumption.
Carps escaped into the Mississippi River through floods and have thrived in the environment, working their way northward toward the Great Lakes.
A recent risk assessment conducted by scientists from Canada and the United States concluded Asian carp, should they enter the Great Lakes, likely would cause considerable harm.
For more information about ACRCC, including the action framework for Asian carp prevention, visit www.asiancarp.us.