There were signs of spring with some warmer temperatures over the last few days. However, there is the potential for a mid-week snowstorm. Stay tuned to local forecasts.
It was an adjustment getting up in the morning and waiting for daybreak on Sunday morning; officially daybreak was at 7: 43 a.m. The clocks were moved forward at 2 a.m. Sunday giving us more daylight during the early evening hours and less daylight during the early morning..
Winter 2013 – 2014 has been harsh. Records have been shattered throughout the region and in much of the country. The Great Lakes remain akin to a frozen iceberg. NOAA reports that over 90% of the Great Lakes are frozen over as of March 6.
Ponds are also covered with a thick layer of ice, although some creeks are open in places and the water is flowing. Looking at past records, the spring peepers usually begin the last week of March. For that to happen, there will need to be a big warm-up, fast.
On the Wild Side
Another sign of approaching spring, it’s almost time for shed hunting. Shed hunting involves finding the antlers of deer and elk in the woods. It’s a great time to be out in the woods searching for the trophy antlers and it’s all free. Antlers begin to grow in April and May and many are “shed” in December. Once the snows melt, it’s time to get out there and search.
The deer are moving in herds, the opossums and raccoon have been out and about and the mourning doves have been cooing…maybe they are searching for food or maybe….
A Little Bit of History
This old hand corn planter was discovered in a old farm house in the Pleasantville area several years ago. We’ve been tracking down some information on the tool. It was labeled the Acme Hand Corn Planter and was manufactured by the Potato Implement Company located in Traverse City, Michigan. The patent date for this corn planter was September 11, 1900, although it was manufactured and used previous to 1900.
In the Sears and Roebuck 1902 catalog it sold for $.56 cents
Maple Open House Taste and Tour
The real sign of spring is maple syrup (forget about changing the clocks around) This upcoming weekend is the 11 annual Open House Taste and Tour weekend at many local Sugar Houses. It is a lot of family fun and each Sugar House offers something unique. For more information, Signs of Spring. The event is sponsored by the Northwestern PA Maple Association which also has more information, Taste and Tour.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
Tree Sale : 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.
• “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.
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.
Conneaut Lake Ice Fishing
Two important notes from Conneaut Lake. First, the Van Tassel Bait Shop Ice Fishing Tournament was a success and many large fish were caught including the musky pictured above. It was caught by Sreve Elmen of Guys Mills. The contest was held on February 22 and some 300 anglers participated..
Jerry Van Tasel noted that a lot of Northern pike were caught during the tournament. The northern pike breed in later winter when the water begins to warm. Could the pike know something about the arrival of spring?
Secondly, from an email from Darl Black and another sign of approaching spring weather : “I’m in the process of putting together the 3rd Pa Crappie Camp at Pymatuning Lake on behalf of Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau during May 13-15. This events brings together outdoor angling media from various publications across the US, pro crappie anglers and a number of tackle manufacturers for a three day fishing and equipment evaluation on area lakes. Now in its third year, this event has helped to put crappie fishing at Pymatuning in focus across the country.”
More information on the Crappie Tournament as it becomes available.
Just for the Heck of It