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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 of turkeys and facts along the trail. Registration is required.

• Fall things are the topics of a Backpackin’ Babies program at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Zimmerman Nature Preserve, 680 E SR 18. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore autumn along the trails. Fingerplays, stories and puppets add to the program. Registration is required.

For more information or to register for programs, call (419) 447-8091 or email lrose@senecacountyparks.com. Visit the website at senecacountyparks.com.

Sandusky County

• Sandusky County Park District is hosting a Star Gaze program at 7 p.m. Saturday at Creek Bend Farm’s Wilson Nature Center, 654 S. Main St., Lindsey. Participants are to look at stars and learn the stories they have to tell. Registration is required.

• Puddle Jumpers ages 2-5 with an adult companion are invited to a tracks and trail program at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at Blue Heron Reserve, 2134 CR 260, Vickery. Kids are to use their detective skills to find clues left behind by creatures big and small. Register children only.

• At the same time, Tree Huggers ages 6-12 can learn about wolves, coyotes and foxes at Blue Heron Reserve. Kids can study their pelts, skulls and scat, and then hike in search of tracks. Register children only.

• A Baby & Toddler Nature Walk is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 5 at Creek Bend Farm. Introduce little ones to nature with a walk. Register children only.

For more information or to register, visit lovemyparks.com or call (419) 334-4495.

Crawford County

• Aves are the topic of a Crawford Park District’s Homeschool in Nature program at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Thursday at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Crestline. No, not avenues. The class is about birds this month. A pelican can hold more than 2 gallons of water in its bill. Learn lots of other bird beak and bill facts. Classes are limited to 20 students per session. Reserve a spot by Wednesday for children ages 5-12 year.

• A saw-whet owl program is planned for 6 p.m. Friday at Lowe-Volk Park. Secretive and nocturnal, saw-whets are Ohio’s smallest owl. They breed mainly in northern boreal forests with some venturing south in the fall and winter. Bird bander Bob Placier plans to provide his mist nets to gather data on them. A PowerPoint presentation is to be followed by checks of the mist nets in the hopes of catching a few of the nocturnal flyers. Between net checks, there will be a craft and campfire to enjoy the fall evening. Dress for the weather and take along a flashlight.

• Join Placier again 8 a.m.-noon Saturday for fall bird banding at Lowe-Volk Park. Fall banding provides insight into bird populations that remain in or visit Crawford County for the winter. Placier is to have his nets open and traps set to see who is hanging around this time of year.

• The park district is honoring Director Bill Fisher as he retires with an open house 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. His last day is Oct. 31.

For more information, contact (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordpark

district.org.

Wood County

• A homeschoolers Creatures of Your House program is set for 10 a.m. Friday at Wood County Park District’s W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Road, Perrysburg. As the weather gets colder, some creatures seek warmth in people’s homes, and others are specially adapted to live with people. Participants can search the nature center for signs of wildlife in the nature center. Registration is required.

• A Project Feederwatch program is planned for 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve. Join citizen scientists around the world to count wintering birds. A presentation about how to identify and count the birds is to be followed by a practice session at the feeders. Registration is required.

• An informational program on the park district’s Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist certification program 7-9 p.m. Nov. 6 at the park district headquarters, 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green. The session is to explain the details of the natural resources education program. Beginning in April, the certification program is coupled with community-based volunteer service. Sessions include many topics such as birds, interpretation, ecology, native plants, mammals, insects and geology. Certification is co-sponsored by Ohio State University Extension. Registration is required.

To register for programs, visit www.wcparks.org or call (419) 353-1897.

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