Welcome March, another step forward, hopefully, towards spring. Next weekend late Saturday night, if you want, or very early Sunday at 2 a.m., to be official, the clocks are moved forward. Another important day will be March 20, the first day of spring. Thankfully.
Other important and noteworthy dates will be this Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, followed by Ash Wednesday, March 5. March is also Women’s History Month
Locally, the popular Open House Maple Taste and Tour weekend is set for March 15 and 16. Check below for more details and information. March 16 is the Full Moon, sometimes it is calledl the Full Worm Moon and others call it the Full Crow Moon. Not so sure we’ll see any earth worms in the next several weeks, but the crows have been cawing – a possible sign of winter’s demise.
The crows, however, might be a tad premature. Sunday and into Monday could likely be more January-like with snow and cold, The rest of the week, according to the forecasts, will see at least below freezing weather much of the time.
Not so sure about ” in like a lion and out like a lamb” this winter.
On the Wild Side
Yuk! Ugly! Get rid of it! Shoot it!
Opossum’s just have a bad reputation and they been out wandering about quite a bit in the last few weeks. They, like other animals are getting a bit hungry. In Native American stories, the opossum once had a beautiful tail but was tricked and the hair on the tail was shaved off. Opossum was so embarrassed by the loss of his tail that he played dead!
Opossums, however, are unique in that they are the only marsupials in North America/ They carry their young first in the uterus and then later in an external pouch called the marsupium, or “double womb”. Another unusual fact about these native mammals – they have been around since the days of the dinosaurs and the kangaroo is a distant relative.
A Little Bit of History
Daylight Savings Time has always been somewhat controversial. According to a Michael Downing, author of “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Time” : “When the Congress poked its finger into the face of every clock in the country, millions of Americans winced…United by a determination to beat back the big hand of government, daylight savings opponents raised holy hell, vowing to return the nation to real time, normal time, farm time and sun time – the time they liked to think of as God’s Time.”
Maple Taste and Tour
March 15 and 16 will be the 11 annual Maple Open House Taste and Tour weekend at participating Sugar Houses throughout the region. The event is sponsored by the Northwest PA Maple Association. For more information, check their Web site, here, or click Taste and Tour.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
• “Herbs for Your Home and Health,” Wednesday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College students Joshua Haffner and Maxwell Lindquist will teach us about herbal remedies. The students are both in Professor Liz Olson’s Environmental Science and Global Health Studies programs. Come and participate in some hands-on demonstrations.
• “Movie Matinee…Vanishing of the Bees,” Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a “B” movie (pun intended and popcorn provided.)
• “Beautiful Gems…Colors, Myths & Legends,” Join Allegheny College Intern Mikki Baxter and Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, to learn more about the rainbow of beauty and the aura of mystery that surrounds various rocks and gems.
• “A Sky Full of Stars,” This is a Nature Center Field Trip to Allegheny College’s Carr Hall Planetarium. Meet us there and enjoy Dr. James Lombardi’s presentation.
The Crawford County Conservation District’s 35th Annual Tree Sale Distribution is on Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds Home Show Building #1. For more information call Laura Dengler at 814-763-5269. All orders are due by Friday, April 4, 2014.
ALL Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.
French Creek Conservancy
Join the French Creek Conservancy this spring and help protect one of the most imortamnt resources in the state and the nation. The creek is important to all of us. Memberships can begin for as little as $25.
Correction and Please Note: The land was donated by Don Merritt and Lois Ward Merritt.
Don Merritt was identified incorrectly as John Merritt in the article posted above in Membership.
Grange – A grant for teachers.
Master Gardeners – Scholarship for High School Seniors
Just for the Heck of It
Congress first approved Daylight Savings Time on March 19, 1918 It was repealed the following year in 1919. Course the flu was bad in 1918 and possums have always played dead.
Was the just a crow cawing?