The upcoming week looks to be wintery. While last week’s warm weather was enjoyable, mud was everywhere.
December 7 is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The surprise attack on the US Naval base began around sunrise that Sunday morning – the day of infamy. Some 2,000 people were killed and over a 1,000 wounded; 18 American warships were destroyed and 300 military aircraft were destroyed. The United States Congress declared war against Japan the next day and days later, war against Germany. World War11 for the United States opened.
On a lighter historical note, there is a Friday the 13 this month and the Full Moon will be December 17. The moon is sometimes called the Yule Moon, or the Long Night’s Moon and sometimes the Full Cold Moon. Winter officially begins with the solstice on December 21 and of course, Santa arrives on December 24- 25.
On the Wild Side
It seems as if every day, there are sightings of the snowy owls in the area. Apparently, the general consenous seems to they are in the local region because of a lack of food much further north. Their diet consists of small rodents and lemmings. The adults are almost solid white in color while the younger birds will have black spots.The snowy owls have strikingly golden or yellow eyes and will hunt farm fields day or night. Several have been spotted in the Conneaut Lake area in the last few weeks.
The January cold weather the region has endured the last several weeks has frozen many ponds and swamps making trapping for muskrats somewhat more difficult. In recent trapping news, apparently prices for furs has been sliding downhill. It remains to be seen how furs will sell and for how much at the Toronto Fur Sale which will be held in Febraury. Some trappers have been commenting on the large number of fisher tracks seen in the snow particularly in the Spartansburg area.
There is one more week left to the deer rifle season. There have been some nice bucks and does taken in the region during the first week. There have been many successful hinters in this neighborhood who have harvested some large deer this year.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
• “Creative Clay Project Two-Day Workshop,” Tuesday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Come to the Nature Center to relax and work (play?) with some clay! Join Ron McCorkle, Natural Resources and Conservation Center (NRCS) and local artist, to make either a Pinch Pot or Clay Box. What a special, creative holiday gift idea! Limited to the first 15 registrants. $5.00 Materials Fee.
• “French Creek…Our Backyard Treasure,” Thursday, January 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The French Creek Conservancy will tell us more about the outstanding creek that travels right through our backyards and explain why we truly have a local treasure in French Creek.
• “House Plants,” Wednesday, January 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Bertha Mesarch, Penn State Master Gardeners, will show us how to successfully grow our own house plants. Find out how they can be beneficial in many ways.
• “Painting with Soil,” Tuesday, January 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Limited to the first 18 registrants. Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, will demonstrate how to use soil as a painting medium. You will be able to create your own unique masterpiece!
• “Winter Wildlife Adaptations,” Thursday, January 30, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Shayne Hoachlander, Land Management Group Supervisor, PA Game Commission, will tell us what kinds of adaptations wildlife undergo for winter.
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.
Reservations are now closed for the GoGirls Archery program. The program reached capacity recently. The First Walk will be on January 1 at 10 a.m. If there is snow, bring snowshoes, it will be snowshoes walk; otherwise boots. Some snowshoes may be available at the Park. Call the Park Office to reserve a pair, 724-932-3971.
The first harvest of 2014 was on the minds of hundreds at the second annual Lake Erie Maple Expo (LEME)
The event was termed a terrific and amazing event and was well attended from people throughout the United States ad Canada. The Expo was held in Albion at Northwestern High School. For more information, EXPO.