Outdoors

ODNR recommends NW Ohio fishing spots

FINDLAY — Ohio offers many locations for the public to fish, including 124,000 acres of inland water, 7,000 miles of streams, 2.25 million acres of Lake Erie water, and 481 miles of the Ohio River, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. DOW has numerous ...

The alternation of generations

Stepping off the wooded path, Dr. G. repositioned the hood of her slicker to keep at least some of the rain off her glasses. The leafless maples and oaks were doing precious little to block the cold, late March shower but, really, that was all to the good. It was why she was here. “But first, ...

Contest winners’ work on billboards

Fifth-graders Grace Fleckenstein and McKayla McClanahan, of Hopewell-Loudon, and Paige Stroub, of Tiffin City Schools’ Noble Elementary, were the Seneca County winners in an annual billboard contest sponsored by Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Solid Waste District. Billboards are on display this ...

Outdoor briefs, April 7

Birding photography workshop Saturday in northwest Ohio FINDLAY — Photographers, birders and outdoor enthusiasts interested in learning to photograph birds in the field are invited to attend a free informational workshop 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural ...

Park programs, April 6

Tiffin Park & Recreation • Tiffin Park & Recreation Department is hosting its annual Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run competition for area youths at 12:30 p.m. April 27 at Oakley Park, 70 6th Ave. The program is designed to provide youths with an opportunity to compete, free ...

No song for the mute swan

I suppose I might be excused for having missed, last Saturday, the enormous flock of gulls about a quarter mile off the south side of US 23, just east of Perrysburg. After all, we were heading up to Toledo with some friends for a TSO concert, the conversation was interesting, and I was in the ...

Park programs, March 24

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is planning a Craft Creations program to make yo-yo flowers at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve. Participants can learn the lost art of making yo-yo’s out of material. They can be used for quilts, hair bows, appliques and other ...

Outdoor briefs, March 24

Ethan Bingham is Seneca County’s new wildlife officer COLUMBUS — Ethan Bingham, of Wauseon, is Seneca County’s new wildlife officer. He is one of 10 new state wildlife officers from the 29th Wildlife Officer Pre-Service Training Academy sworn in March 15, according to the Ohio ...

A mighty oak awakens from an acorn

There’s a fine ball field on the north side of the red brick armory housing the Ohio Army National Guard’s Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment on Riverside Drive in Tiffin. Driving past with the windows down on a late spring afternoon, you might catch the ping of the bat ...

Natural pruning done, outdoor work starting

Wow, that was some wind Sunday, did a lot of pruning of dead branches on the trees. Thank goodness it was winter and the trees were mostly bare, wind went right through them. I saw a couple of blue spruces that were not so lucky, the dense branches were like a wall and the force of that wind ...

Outdoor briefs, March 3

Fishing, hunting licenses on sale COLUMBUS — Hunters and anglers can purchase 2019-20 fishing and hunting licenses, as 2018 licenses have expired. Purchases can be made at wildohio.gov and at hundreds of participating agents, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Licenses ...

Park programs, March 3

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District’s Backpackin’ Babies topic for 5 p.m. Thursday is Beautiful Birds at Schekelhoff Nature Preserve, near Tiffin’s Water Pollution Control Center. Parents, grandparents or care-givers of infants from birth to 18 months are invited to explore ...

Perceiving differences

Case #1.) Close your eyes and fold your hands in front of you on your desks. Now, listen attentively as I walk around the classroom, lightly clapping my hands. Not much trouble telling where I am, right? Your two ears working together tell you when I’m next to the door to your left or by ...

Bed bugs making a comeback

“Nitey-nite, sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” … And that was supposed to make a little kid feel all cozy and safe as Mom closed the bedroom door on you? Wait, what are we talking about here? Insects with teeth? To a child of the ’50s and ’60s — or even the ’70s, ...

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 ...

Park programs, Feb. 10

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites teens ages 12-17 to a Discovery Series program bird count at 9 a.m. Saturday at Garlo Heritage Preserve, 45 St. Lawrence Dr. Each month, young people can join a naturalist to discover something new and exciting in the nature preserves. ...

Houseplants have stories to be told

Houseplants — there are a lot of them in my sunroom, about 80; most are interesting, all of them have a story. The plants used as herbs include rosemary, Cuban oregano and bay leaf. Fruiting trees include a lemon, a key lime, a couple of figs and an Australian cherry. For spices, there are ...

Outdoor briefs, Jan. 20

Conservation, ag meetings planned The Nature Conservancy has assembled a list of winter agriculture and conservation-related events and meetings in the Western Lake Erie Basin. • Tuesday - Woodville - Women for the Land Workshop: Conservation Values - Your Land as Your Legacy. 8:30 a.m.-1 ...

Park programs, Jan. 20

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites Young Adventurers ages 6-12 to a Fur, Fin and Feathers program at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Schekelhoff Nature Preserve, just north of Tiffin’s water pollution control plant. Kids can walk the path discovering what animals live in the ...

It’s too soon to plant, but not to plan

Happy new year, and let’s hope it is a green one, rain at the right times, no killing frost, warm summer. Flowers this time of year are especially welcome, and you may have received an amaryllis bulb or hyacinths or paper whites; follow directions for getting the flowers. When flowering ...