Outdoor briefs, April 29

Watershed coalition meeting Wednesday at Heidelberg

Sandusky River Watershed Coalition Steering Committee is planning its monthly meeting for 8:30-10.20 a.m. Wednesday at Heidelberg Campus Center 220.

On the agenda are membership, by-laws and planning the annual meeting.

For more information, email Jakob Boehler at jboehler@heidelberg.edu.

OSS compost workshop May 9 at Meadowbrook

Residents of Seneca, Sandusky and Ottawa counties can learn to compost yard waste, food scraps and other organic materials during a compost workshop May 9 at Meadowbrook Park, 5430 W. Tiffin St., Bascom.

The workshop alternates between the three counties of Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District, and is open to residents of the three counties including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue. Times are 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the fee is $5, which can be paid on arrival.

The workshop is to cover basic techniques and essentials of composting including the composting process, what materials to place in a pile and solutions for common compost problems.

Registered participants will be put into a drawing to win composting and gardening door prizes. Snacks are to be served and participants can take a tour of Meadowbrook Park (weather permitting) after the workshop.

Advanced registration is required online at www.recycleoss.org or by calling (419) 334-7222 or (888) 850-7224 by May 8.

OSS grant awards announced

Meadowbrook Park was among 10 recipients of the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District first-round competitive grant for this year. The park in Hopewell Township received $6,799 for campground site markers.

The grant program’s main priority is to set up recycling programs for educational institutions, governmental entities or non-profit organizations. If an agency has a recycling program in place, it may apply for funds to purchase products made from recycled material. Applicants must match a minimum of 25 percent of the total project cost, and products must contain at least 25-percent recycled material.

Deadline for the next funding round is June 30. The grant application is available online, but grant applicants are required to attend a meeting at 10 a.m. May 31 prior to submitting an application at the OSS main office, 1875 E. State St., Fremont.

Registration is required by contacting Assistant Director Amy Drummer at (888) 850-7224 or ad@recycleoss.org.

OSS collecting household hazardous waste Saturday

Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection Saturday for residents of its three counties, including all residents of Fostoria and Bellevue.

People with last names starting with A-M are asked to drop off items 9-10:30 a.m. and last names N-Z 10:30 a.m.-noon. Seneca County’s drop-off spot is at the fairgrounds, south lot, CR 594.

Residents are asked not to smoke and to stay in their vehicles while they are being unloaded at the collection point.

Paint and related products are to be accepted in containers no larger than 5 gallons, including latex and oil-based paint, sealers, primers, coatings and spray-paint aerosol cans; household pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides; varnish, polyurethane and shellacs, wood stains, primers and strippers, paint thinner, turpentine, kerosene and lighter fluid; household cleaners such as oven and drain cleaner and muriatic acid; hand-held propane cylinders; household batteries, fluorescent bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs; cooking oil; automotive fluids including antifreeze and motor oil; and mercury — liquids, thermostats and thermometers.

Paint or a household hazardous waste container that is completely dry and empty can be disposed of in the regular trash if the lid is removed.

No construction materials such as shingles or asbestos materials will be accepted.

Materials from businesses or institutions will not be accepted.

As a part of this collection, residents may exchange mercury fever thermometers for new digital thermometers while the district’s supply lasts. Mercury thermometers should be placed in a double Ziploc plastic bag. Mercury is a danger in a household if a thermometer breaks because mercury vaporizes at room temperature. Breathing the vapor can damage the brain, liver and kidneys. In case of a home mercury spill, contact a local fire department for information.

For general recycling information, recycling collections and events, visit www.recycleoss.org or find Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene on Facebook. On Twitter, search for OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen.

For more information call (419) 334-7222 or (888) 850-7224.

Seneca County’s young turkey hunters take 12

COLUMBUS — Seneca County’s youth harvested 12 wild turkeys during the youth season last weekend, an increase from 11 in 2017.

Statewide, 1,860 birds were harvested, down from 1,895 in 2017, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Numbers in neighboring counties were: Crawford, 9 (5); Hancock, 0 (2); Huron, 13 (16); Sandusky, 0 (1); Wood, 0 (2); Wyandot, 4 (8).

Hunters ages 17 and younger were eligible to participate in the two-day season.

The youth spring turkey season is one of four youth-only seasons designed by the Division of Wildlife to offer a safe and productive early hunting experience for young hunters. Youth seasons also are set aside for upland game, white-tailed deer and waterfowl.

Learn how to attract native pollinators May 8 in Findlay

FINDLAY — Landowners and outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning about Ohio’s native pollinators and how to attract them to their property are invited to attend a free informational seminar 6-7:30 p.m. May 8 at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources District 2 office, 952 Lima Ave., Findlay.

Topics to be covered by Division of Wildlife staff include pollinator life histories, benefits and ecology as well as issues facing pollinators and how to attract them.

Advanced registration is required

by May 7 by calling Meredith Gilbert at (419) 429-8359 or emailing meredith.gilbert@dnr.state.oh.us.

For more information on Ohio’s pollinators and other native wildlife, please visit wildohio.gov.

Fish for free next weekend

COLUMBUS — Ohio anglers are invited to take part in the annual free fishing weekend May 5-6 in any of the state’s public waters, including Lake Erie, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

This is the only weekend of the year that does not require anyone age 16 or older to have a fishing license. The number of Ohio anglers is 1.3 million.

The Division of Wildlife’s six fish hatcheries stocked more than 66 million sport fish in public waters in 2017 including walleye, saugeye, steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, muskellunge, channel catfish, blue catfish and hybrid striped bass.

Ohio State Parks also is offering a camping discount during the free fishing days. Campers can receive a 20-percent discount Friday through Sunday by using the promotion code 18ANGLER.