Outdoor Briefs

Early registration ends May 1 for FELC summer camps

Early registration for summer camps at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., ends May 1.

Visit www.felctiffin.org for camp and pricing details. Scholarship funds for low-income families are available on request. Scholarships are provided through grants and donations by Walmart and The Walmart Foundation – Community Grant Program, B.A. Seitz Fund of the Columbus Foundation, Ruth Weinken Bailey Fund, and the Cliff Farmer Fund.

Call Sister Shirley Shrafanek for more information at (419) 448-7485.

FELC has community garden plots available

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center has community garden plots for rent.

Prices are $100 for a 20-foot by 30-foot plot, $75 for a 20-foot by 15-foot plot or $50 for a mini-plot 10 feet by 15 feet.

Rental incoudes use of the plot from May through October as well as the FELC greenhouse.

Plot fees are waived for those who qualify for financial assistance.

Visit www.felctiffin.org for guidelines or to download an application. Call (419) 448-7485 for more information.

Beginning birding tours for IMBD weekend

OAK HARBOR — The Ohio Ornithological Society is accepting signups for guided beginner birding tours during International Migratory Bird Day weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

The OOS, in cooperation with the Division of Wildlife, are to conduct guided bird walks May 11-12 at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. The outings are targeted at novice or new birding enthusiasts and help people who are new to birding get better acquainted with the beauty of birds.

May 11 walks are to take place at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and May 12 walks are planned for 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Walks are limited to 15 participants each and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register by emailing Julie.davis@ohiobirds.org. Provide name, phone number and requested date and time slot. Additional information is provided upon registration.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is listed as one of the top 10 birding hotspots in the country, and a typical spring songbird migration can draw around 80,000 people in April and May. In past years, visitors have traveled from all 50 states and more than 30 counties. During these months, birders spend nearly $40 million at area businesses, hotels and restaurants.

Boating safety course offered in Toledo May 4

TOLEDO — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft invites the public to take part in an Ohio boating education course 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4 at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo.

Advanced registration is required, but admission is free.

The course covers a variety of topics including navigation rules, boating and personal safety equipment, navigational signage, Ohio boating laws and others.

Ohio law requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 to show proof of completing an approved boater safety education course if they operate any watercraft powered by a motor greater than 10 horsepower.

To register, visit web1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/ohmetroparkstoledowt.wsc/search.html (search keyword OBEC).

For additional information on boating, contact the Maumee Bay office at (419) 836-6003 or visit watercraft.ohiodnr.gov.

The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is responsible for managing Ohio’s 74 state parks and providing outdoor recreational opportunities including first-class boating services, facilities and law enforcement for users of Ohio’s waterways and public lands.

Lake Erie Commission seeking photo contest submissions

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission is seeking submissions for its 27th annual Life on Lake Erie photo contest, which invites amateur photographers to submit photos of Lake Erie and surrounding landscapes.

The contest is open to amateur photographers who are at least 18 years old and who submit original photos taken between Aug. 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, of Ohio’s Lake Erie watershed. Entries may include photos of the lake itself or surrounding landscapes, boating, swimming, ice fishing, people, wildlife or events around the lake, for example.

An entry form and official contest rules can be found at the Ohio Lake Erie Commission’s website. The deadline to enter is July 31, and winners are to announced at the fall meeting of the Ohio Lake Erie Commission. Winning photographs may be displayed on the commission’s website, social media platforms and publications to promote Lake Erie.

Winners of the 2017 and 2018 Lake Erie photo contest will be featured in a gallery tour coordinated by the commission and local partners to provide opportunities for the public to view the photos. The photo display is to appear throughout the year at locations such as the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake, Maumee Bay Lodge, Great Lakes Science Center, Lake Erie Shores & Islands Tourism Center and Ohio Statehouse.