Outdoors

Bagworms an unwelcome neighbor

“All right then, what’s so funny?” We were sitting across from one another at the kitchen table when Deb started to chuckle, a curious little laugh that seemed half giggle and half a wistful sigh. In her hand was a page turned in by an earnest young man from her 10th grade English ...

Park programs, August 12

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Saturday is the last day the swimming pool at Hedges-Boyer Park is to be open for the season. The annual Summer Splash concert is planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 28. Dawg Days at the pool are planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29. Seneca County • Seneca County ...

Outdoor briefs, August 12

Water quality workshop at Indian Mill Aug. 22 UPPER SANDUSKY — A stream quality monitoring workshop is planned for 4-6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Indian Mill Park, Upper Sandusky. Participants are to meet at the park and groups are welcome. Volunteers should wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes, ...

Despite lack of rain, you still must dry herbs

The rain has been spotty all summer, some areas get real rain, others (like where I live) are in drought. I am seriously watering the most water-needing plants in the garden, tomatoes and zucchini, with lighter sprinkling of the other plants such as carrots, celery, shallots and herbs. Most ...

Park programs, August 5

Tiffin Park & Recreation • The last summer PLAY Day is noon-2 p.m. Friday at Oakley Park. Planned Leisure Activities for Youth are organized games, crafts and activities in neighborhood parks. The activity starts with lunch at noon, and activities take place 1-2 p.m. Parents, ...

Outdoor briefs, August 5

Park district seeking to fill board vacancy Seneca County Park District is accepting applications for a board vacancy in 2019. Board member Jim Nordholt is to leave the board because consecutive board terms are limited. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and resume by Sept. 17 to ...

Bats heat up with white nose syndrome

Twenty-seven miles due east of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is the second most popular natural attraction, after Niagara Falls, in New York State. Howe Caverns is a complex of limestone caves 160-200 feet below ground that today attracts upwards of 200,000 visitors each year. ...

Outdoor briefs, July 29

Registration open for 4-part Learn to Hunt program Hunting for Food is an in-depth program designed for adults with no hunting experience. The program is to teach the basics of deer hunting during four sessions in different locations. In session one, “Why Hunt?,” attendees are to learn ...

Park programs, July 29

Seneca County • Worms are the topic of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 10 a.m. Monday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve. Parents, grandparents or caregivers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore the world of fur, fin and feathers along the trails. Fingerplays, stories ...

Water is important during hot, dry spell

Janet DelTurco and I had a lovely visit last week. She is doing well, busy as always with family, gardens and community. She currently is visiting her sister in England and plans to return at the end of the month. I brought her red current muffins and cilantro, she gave me a book on ...

Outdoor briefs, July 22

Water Fest is Aug. 4 at Miller Farm Seneca Conservation District is to host its second annual Water Fest Aug. 4 at Miller Conservation Farm, 5670 E. TR 138. The free event takes place rain or shine and offers families a chance to get outdoors, enjoy themselves and learn why clean water is ...

Park programs, July 22

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Tiffin Park & Recreation Department is to host its third annual VB(all) Nighter Aug. 25 at Hedges-Boyer Park. Teams can register by emailing Nick Basting at nbasting@tiffin ohio.gov. Registration fee is $100, and the winning team takes home $200. The ...

The definition of ‘berry’ gets picky

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet … —Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scene II The suburban development outside Rochester, New York, was going up rapid fire, one cookie-cutter colonial after another. We were the fourth house down the hill ...

Park programs, July 15

Seneca County • During a Seneca County Park District Discovery Series program at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, teens ages 12-17 can learn about the sights and sounds of the night. Join a naturalist to discover something new and exciting in the nature preserves each month. For the location and to ...

Outdoor briefs, July 15

SCPD, FELC offering volunteer naturalist certification Seneca County Park District and Franciscan Earth Literacy Center are partnering to offer an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist course this fall. At the end of the course, attendees would be certified volunteer naturalists through The ...

Mild bloom forecast

GIBRALTAR ISLAND — This year’s harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie is expected to be of moderate severity — a 6 on a 10-point scale — according to research scientists who made the announcement Thursday. Rick Stumpf, oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Kasich move dictates some field practices

Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Wednesday mandating regulations on the methods some farmers use to fertilize crops. Although Lake Erie research experts were unclear Thursday on details of the measure, Laura Johnson, director of Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water ...

Outdoor briefs, July 8

Winners announced for park district photo contest Adult best of show and people’s choice awards went to Dawn Mizen and youth best of show and people’s choice went to Lyra Dicken during Seneca County Park District’s 18th annual photo contest. A public viewing of the 68 entries took ...

Park programs, July 8

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Young Adventurers ages 6-12 for some fishing fun at 5 p.m. Thursday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Kids can try their hand at catching a fish in the pond. Supplies are provided or they can provide their own. Registration is ...

The early bird greets dawn with song

I think, after all these years, Allen Benton’s rain song was just the robin whispering to itself. 1973. I was finishing my senior year at SUNY-Fredonia in western NY after a several year intermission, so to speak, in the military. Dr. Benton, the Biology Department’s Field ...