Outdoor briefs, Feb. 10

Pheasants Forever hosting youth rabbit hunt Saturday

Seneca County Pheasants Forever is planning a youth rabbit hunt for a limited number of youth Saturday to replace the one canceled by inclement weather.

Youth can apply by emailing their name, age and preference for a 9 a.m. or noon hunting slot to pheasantsforever@bright.net.

Youth drawn in the lottery are to receive further instructions.

Seneca hunters take 1,770 deer

COLUMBUS — Seneca County hunters checked 1,770 deer during the 2018-19 hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That number was a decrease from 1,895 deer the previous season.

Statewide, hunters checked 172,040 deer, compared to 186,247 deer last year.

Numbers in neighboring counties were: Crawford, 1,122 (1,222); Hancock, 1,142 (1,228); Huron, 2,100 (2,377); Sandusky, 829 (904); Wood, 905 (931); and Wyandot, 1,448 (1,559).

Black Swamp

Conservancy hosting fundraiser March 15

PERRYSBURG — Food, music and auctions are to be featured March 15 at a Black Swamp Conservancy fundraiser along the banks of the Maumee River in downtown Toledo.

The eighth annual Bluegrass & Green Acres fundraiser is to take place at the ProMedica Steam Plant, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Live entertainment is to be provided by a powerhouse bluegrass trio comprised of three artists who previously have been featured at the event — Eric Lambert (guitar), Mark Lavengood (dobro) and Aaron Jonah Lewis (fiddle and banjo). The band is to present its first concert at this event before moving on to a limited tour in the spring.

The evening also features live and silent auctions, including the chance to bid on first-ever experiences.

Free indoor parking, a dinner of heavy hors d’oeuvres, a beer and wine bar are included in the $75 ticket price. A pre-event cocktail party is to take place at 5:30 p.m. in a scenic corridor of the Steam Plant overlooking the river for an additional $25.

For information and tickets, visit BlackSwamp.org.

For information about Bluegrass & Green Acres, and to reserve tickets, visit

www.BlackSwamp.org/bgga/ or call the office at (419) 833-1025.

‘Stayin’ Alive’ is theme of Wildlife Diversity Conference March 5

COLUMBUS — Prepare to get a groove on at the 35th annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference, and examine restoration work being done throughout the Buckeye State.

Hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the conference is set for March 5 at the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus.

This year’s keynote speaker is Chris Vandergoot of the U.S. Geological Survey. Vandergoot has been involved in efforts to re-establish lake sturgeon in the Maumee River. Last fall, 3,000 juvenile sturgeon were released into the river, with more releases planned in future years.

Register at wildohio.gov or call (800) WILDLIFE.

For a discounted registration rate of $25, register by March 1. The cost to register is $35 after March 1 or the day of the conference. Reduced-price student registration is available for $10.

Conference attendees who register before the day of the conference also may purchase the 2019 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp and pin featuring a pair of barred owls at the discounted price of $12, a 20 percent savings. Stamps and pins will be available for purchase at the conference for the regular price of $15. Details about the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp are available at wildohio.gov. Proceeds from the sale of the annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp are used to support endangered and threatened native species, habitat restoration, land purchases, conservation easements, and educational products for students and wildlife enthusiasts.