Outdoors

City frogs sing more alluring love songs

WASHINGTON (AP) — City frogs and rainforest frogs don’t sing the same tune, researchers have found. A study released Monday examined why Panama’s tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when ...

The leaves are brown, and the lawn needs raking

The wind finally is knocking down leaves, which now need to be raked. It’s been a funny autumn; October was cold enough that house plants came in early, but trees did not get color until late and leaves are only coming down now. If you have ever left unraked leaves in an area, you know they ...

Park programs. Nov. 11

Seneca County • A Craft Creations program on rug braiding is planned for 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Participants can learn the lost art of hand rug-braiding. Take along a yard of cotton material, scissors, ...

Money laundering has new meaning

VI TAR ENDAST EMOT KORT INGA KONTANTER “We only accept cards, no cash” reads a sign outside a coffee shop in Stockholm. Sweden often is cited as leading the charge to a “cashless society” with just a quarter of its population using cash at least once a week and fully 85 percent of ...

Park Programs

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District’ invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to an Autumn Adventure at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, 45 St. Lawrence Dr. Kids can learn about autumn as they walk the trail, and then make an autumn collage. ...

Outdoor Briefs

Straw bale house tours continue Nov. 11 Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 2-4 p.m. Nov. 11. Visitors also can plan ahead to reserve a home-cooked brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings using local ...

Frost signals time to prepare for winter

We have had a frost, so it’s time to tear out tomato vines and basil, and refill those raised beds with compost. The tomato cages, a retirement gift from my department, will be doing duty this winter as deer deterrents. There have been chicken wire cages around my newest fruit trees all ...

Outdoor briefs, Oct. 28

Hayride, night hike Saturday at FELC A free family hayride and night hike is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 192 St. Francis Ave. Participants can take a walk along the trails, enjoy a hay ride to the woods and a campfire and snack as well as stop at ...

Park programs, Oct. 28

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion to a Terrific Turkeys program at 5 p.m. Thursday at Tiffin University Nature Preserve, 2375 W. CR 26. Kids can learn about the wild turkey, and then go for a short hike to look for signs ...

Nature is full of hoarders

Funny thing about nail clippers. Over the years they seem to accumulate in odd corners of the medicine cabinet, the junk drawer, the little dish atop the dresser... The other day, out of curiosity, I collected as many as I could find around the house without working too hard. Thirteen. How ...

Potatoes still a major staple of diets

Pommes de terre frites à cru, en petites tranches — Potatoes deep-fried while raw, in small slices. French fries. Whether or not they were actually invented in France — the Belgians strongly contest the point — this recipe from Thomas Jefferson’s memoirs seems to be their first ...

Park programs, Oct. 6

Seneca County • The monthly Nature Walk Bird Talk is set for 8 a.m. Oct. 14 at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, SR 19 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 ...

Compost some vines, stems; discard others

It is time to prepare the garden for fall. If you planted potatoes, you need to dig them up, rinse to remove soil and let dry a day before storing. There are always a few potatoes I miss that survive the winter and sprout next spring, so do some digging to get as many as you can. Old ...

Park programs, Sept. 30

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is to host an Autumnfest celebration noon-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, two miles south of Bloomville on SR 19. Food this year includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and desserts. The afternoon includes music, wagon rides, ...

Outdoor briefs, Sept. 30

FELC to host children’s science day Oct. 5; register by Tuesday Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is to host Science Days for Kids ages 5-10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the center, 194 St. Francis Ave. Participants can become scientists for the day and explore science through ...

The history of the Irish famine: part I

Aug. 23, 1845 — The British periodical, The Gardeners’ Chronicle and Horticultural Gazette: “A fearful malady has broken out among the potato crop. ... In Belgium the fields are said to be completely desolated. There is hardly a sound sample in Covent Garden market. ... As for cure for ...

Park programs, Sept. 23

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is to host an autumn hike at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bowen Nature Preserve. All ages are invited to walk the trails to enjoy the sights and sounds of autumn. The walk is to last 1-1 1/2 hours and is to qualify for the walking stick program. • A ...

Outdoor briefs, Sept. 23

Deer season opens Saturday COLUMBUS — Archery season for white-tailed deer opens Saturday and runs through Feb. 3, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Other deer seasons this fall and winter are youth gun, Nov. 17-18; gun, Nov. 26-Dec. 2 and Dec. 15-16; and ...

There’s still time to harvest fruits (and veggies) of gardening

We’ve had rain and some of my garden plants are greening up and looking perky. This is bad timing for them, because cool nights are coming. I watch the night low temperatures on the weather forecasts and when they dip near or below 50, the tropical plants have to come in. There are a lot ...

Park programs, Sept. 16

Seneca County • Young Adventurers ages 6-12 are invited to a make a leaf creation during a program at 6 p.m. Thursday at Seneca County Park District’s Steyer Nature Preserve, 5901 N. CR 33. Kids can learn about the life cycle of leaves, then gather some to create a leaf creation. Supplies ...