Outdoor briefs, April 22
Tiffin gets 37th Tree City USA award
Members of the Shade Tree and Beautification Commission of Tiffin Wednesday accepted the city’s 37th award from the 2018 Northwest Ohio Tree City USA awards celebration at Trinity Evangelical Church, Upper Sandusky.
The northwest Ohio district encompasses 19 counties, and Tiffin is the second-oldest community to receive the award.
Tree Cities must meet four national standards to receive the award.
The first standard is to have in place a tree board or department, which is responsible for caring for trees on city-owned property. The program also requires there to be a tree care ordinance in place, and an annual community forest program with annual budget of at least $2 per capita.
Lastly, the city must sponsor an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. This year’s Arbor Day program is to be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hedges-Boyer Park band shelter, honoring 48 people who planted trees at Hedges-Boyer 70 years ago when they were in sixth grade.
Izaak-Walton hosting fun shoot Saturday
Tiffin-Seneca Izaak Walton League is planning a handgun fun shoot for adults 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the club grounds, 3570 River Road.
The free shoot is for people ages 21 or older who have never shot a handgun, but always wanted to give it a try. No experience is necessary.
Experiences shooters plan to coach new shooters on safety and gun operation in a low-pressure, con-competitive environment.
IWL provides guns, ammunition, safety equipment, instruction and refreshments.
Participants must not be legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.
For more information, contact Dean Henry at (419) 447-1661 or any Izaak Walton League member.
Dickinson now wildlife officer in Williams County; new one on way
FINDLAY — Former Seneca County State Wildlife Officer Austin Dickinson has been assigned to Williams County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Dickinson had been assigned to Seneca County since his graduation from the Ohio Wildlife Officer Academy in 2014.
He is expected to be replaced within a few months by a new academy graduate.
To reach a wildlife officer, call the District Two office in Findlay at (419) 424-5000, or to report serious activity involving wildlife, call (800) POACHER. Reports can remain anonymous.
Pheasants Forever to meet May 1
The monthly meeting of Seneca County Pheasants Forever is set for 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the Sandusky River Coon Hunters barn, 7575 S. TR 131.
The organization invited everyone to learn more about what the chapter does and how it supports the community. Free refreshments are to be offered.
For more information, see the Facebook group Seneca County Pheasants Forever or visit www.senecacountypheasantsforever.org.
Summer camps planned at FELC
Sign up for a summer of fun at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., with outdoor summer day camp programs designed to be active, educational and challenging with hands-on activities, experiments, crafts and games.
Planned camps include: June 11-15 – Grow It, Bake It, Eat It; June 18-22 – Camp Dig; June 25-29 – Amazing Animals; July 9-13 – Pickles, Pies, Peace and Me; July 23-26 – I Will Survive; July 30-Aug. 3 – Science Camp; and Aug. 6-9 – Extreme Game Camp.
A limited number of scholarships are available for children who wish to attend a camp, but whose families are financially challenged. Scholarships are provided through grants from The Walmart Foundation’s Community Grant Program, the B.A. Seitz Fund of the Columbus Foundation and the Cliff Farmer Scholarship Fund. For scholarship information, contact FELC before registering for a summer camp.
Also, the White Family Charitable Fund of Tiffin Community Foundation is supporting STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — adaptations being offered this summer.
For more details or to register, visit www.felctiffin.org or contact Sister Shirley at (419) 448-7485.
Camp fees increase after May 1.
Stone Lab to offer non-credit workshops
GIBRALTAR ISLAND — Workshops at Stone Lab, The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie, are a way to pick up a new hobby or add professional development to the summer. This year’s offerings last from one day to a week, and some workshops offer continuing education contact hours.
For people looking to expand their professional know-how, Algae Identification and Dealing with Cyanobacteria, Algal Toxins and Taste & Odor Compounds help prepare water treatment plant operators for harmful algal blooms that may affect their water intakes. Fish-Sampling Techniques, Fish Aging and Larval Fish Identification were developed with the help of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and are taught by ODNR staff to give job seekers experience with techniques needed for agency employment. And workshops such as Water and Wildlife Training for Educators, Field Geology for Educators and Enhancing Earth Science Education with Educational Technology help teachers and other educators bring Lake Erie knowledge and new teaching techniques back to their classrooms.
If learning a new hobby sounds more interesting, Introduction to Bird Identification and Banding takes advantage of the height of spring migration on Kelleys Island to teach the basics of birding and ornithology. Tiffin resident Tom Bartlett is one of the instructors. And Lake Erie Sport Fishing introduces participants to fishing techniques and technologies, and focuses on hands-on experience with daily planned fishing trips.
A complete listing is available at go.osu.edu/SLworkshops. Workshop registration occurs on a rolling basis, but early application is recommended to reserve a spot.
Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, Stone Lab is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students and educators. For information, visit stonelab.osu.edu.