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Outdoors

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 ...

Park programs, Jan. 6

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District invites toddlers ages 18-36 months with an adult companion to a Fantastic Furs program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Kids can learn about mammals of the preserve through puppets and a story and ...

Outdoor briefs, Jan. 6

Coon Hunters fish fry Saturday Sandusky River Coon Hunters is hosting a fish fry 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday at the club lodge, TR 131, next to Walnut Grove Campground. The meal is $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and younger. Pheasants Forever to plan banquet at Tuesday meeting Seneca ...

Tiny houses provide another option for campers

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove and natural resource and trail technician Tasha Nielsen recently took a tape measure to the interior of a tiny house being readied for campers at the Gypsum City OHV Park southeast of Fort Dodge. They measured its ...

Holiday favorite Fraser fir in short supply

I worry about Frances Shaw Fraser. Doesn’t make any sense, I know, since she died back in 1813, but still. Having married a 28-year-old Scotsman in 1778 with reasonable prospects as a cloth merchant operating a small shop in London’s Chelsea district, she had no cause to anticipate how a ...

Parks Programs, Dec. 16

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District is planning a Winter Solstice Hike for 4 p.m. Friday at Forrest Nature Preserve, 701 E CR 6. Meet at the parking lot around the corner on TR 151. Hikers can walk the trails and enjoy the sights and sounds of the preserve on the first day of ...

City frogs sing more alluring love songs

WASHINGTON (AP) — City frogs and rainforest frogs don’t sing the same tune, researchers have found. A study released Monday examined why Panama’s tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when ...

The leaves are brown, and the lawn needs raking

The wind finally is knocking down leaves, which now need to be raked. It’s been a funny autumn; October was cold enough that house plants came in early, but trees did not get color until late and leaves are only coming down now. If you have ever left unraked leaves in an area, you know they ...

Park programs. Nov. 11

Seneca County • A Craft Creations program on rug braiding is planned for 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Seneca County Park District’s Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, 6777 S. SR 19, Bloomville. Participants can learn the lost art of hand rug-braiding. Take along a yard of cotton material, scissors, ...

Money laundering has new meaning

VI TAR ENDAST EMOT KORT INGA KONTANTER “We only accept cards, no cash” reads a sign outside a coffee shop in Stockholm. Sweden often is cited as leading the charge to a “cashless society” with just a quarter of its population using cash at least once a week and fully 85 percent of ...

Park Programs

Seneca County • Seneca County Park District’ invites Preschool Pals ages 3-5 with an adult companion to an Autumn Adventure at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mercy Community Nature Preserve, 45 St. Lawrence Dr. Kids can learn about autumn as they walk the trail, and then make an autumn collage. ...

Outdoor Briefs

Straw bale house tours continue Nov. 11 Tours of Little Portion Green, the straw bale house behind Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, 194 St. Francis Ave., are planned 2-4 p.m. Nov. 11. Visitors also can plan ahead to reserve a home-cooked brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings using local ...

Frost signals time to prepare for winter

We have had a frost, so it’s time to tear out tomato vines and basil, and refill those raised beds with compost. The tomato cages, a retirement gift from my department, will be doing duty this winter as deer deterrents. There have been chicken wire cages around my newest fruit trees all ...