Easter, Earth Day and Warmer Weather
Hopefully, the warm weather of Easter Sunday today signals winter’s final demise. Easter Monday promises to be almost as nice but the weather will turn cooler for Tuesday and Wednesday before it begins to improve later on in the week.
The warmer weather did however signal an end to the region’s First Harvest, Maple Syrup. The harvest was above average for many producers. Learn more about the season below in the Maple post.
There are many activities planned at the Crawford County Conservation District and at Pymatuning for Earth Day on Tuesday. More information is posted below.
It was amazing to see how much ice remains out on Lake Erie, a grim reminder of how harsh this past winter actually was. It also seems as if a lot of people are still dealing with head colds for this time of year
It depends on Mother Nature, but many of the local farmers are expressing some optimism about the upcoming year. More information, Farm.
On the Wild Side
The wild leeks are ready for picking and every day seem to get a little bigger. The spring peppers are also enjoying the more spring-like weather. Sunday and Monday evening there should be quite the chorus in bogs, swamps and ponds.
The yellow finches made an appearance this past week, at least in my neighborhood.The finches are a good sign of more spring and summer weather. Hummers should be here rather shortly, a true sign of better weather. Reports claim the first Hummers, Ruby-throated, seen in the Pittsburgh area were viewed on April 12. A good Web site to track the progress of the Hummers can be found at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
• “Earthstravaganza!” Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Live music by the Earthday Singers! Judy Acker, Audubon PA, Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, and volunteers from the Crawford Senior Environmental Corps, will offer activities, crafts and snacks. Celebrate Earth Day a day early with us.
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.
Pymatuning Earth Day Clean Up
Earth Day Clean up, April 22 at 6 p.m., meet at shelter #3 near the dam and dress for the weather. Persons with kayaks or canoes are asked to bring them to help clean the debris on Ackerman Islands, others will clean the shoreline. Please call the Park Office to register the proper amount of supplies can be on hand, 724-932-3149.
Crawford County Pomona Grange
CRAWFORD COUNTY POMONA GRANGE
TO RECOGNIZE KOREAN WAR VETERANS
At the 2012 National Grange Convention, passed a resolution to designate one group of Veterans to be recognized each year. World War II Veterans were recognized during 2013 and the Veterans to be recognized during 2014 are Korean War Veterans.
A program is being planned for this recognition on Saturday, November 1st from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Atlantic Grange which meets at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Atlantic. The program will be open to the public and all Veterans. The hall is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will conclude the recognition.
Names and addresses of Korean War Veterans are requested from the public so that the names may be submitted to The National Grange for preparation of certificates. Anyone with names of Veterans from Crawford County is asked to contact Pomona Lecturer Susan Tau by August 31st in order to compile a listing and notify Veterans of the recognition. Notification may be sent to 14687 West Road, Saegertown, PA 16433 or by phoning 814-763-4831.
According to several maple producers, this past season was above average for maple syrup and there are plenty of maple products available for sale. Please check the NW PA Maple Association for a list of producers, here. Some producers termed this year’s sap run as “exceptional”.
Also Hurry Hill Maple Museum is open every Sunday through May from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, Hurry Hill. It makes for a good family outing on nice spring day.