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Spring: Events to Learn and Enjoy

Everyone seemed to enjoy the early spring weather. The peeps started to sing in my neighborhood on March 15 which is the earliest I have ever recorded. Flocks of robins were seen a week or so even before that which also seems unusually early.

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, I planted my tomato seeds and left the flats, covered with plastic and glass outside in a makeshift cold frame since the forecasts for this upcoming week all indicate continued warmth.

It would appear as if it was a very short maple syrup run this year with the warm weather. According to Laura Dengler of the Maple Producers Association most of the producers have already pulled their taps.

The popular Maple Taste and Tour weekend is set for March 24 – 25. For more information see the post below.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – a busy spring schedule of events: First

 

There will be two free manure management workshops on April 3 and again on April 10. Both will be held at the Crawford County Extension Office, 13400 Dunham Road, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A light luncheon will be served to participants.

The topics will center around updates to manure management manual, particularly Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control) and the PAONESTOP for manure management plans.

While the workshops are free, registration is required by called the District at 814- 763-5269 or email nutrientmanagement@crawfordconservation.org

The email should include the senders contact information, name and the number of people attending.

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Crawford County residents and landowners have an opportunity to register for a workshop on Rain barrels, and receive a $30 rebate for installing a rain barrel on their property thanks to a mini grant from the Water Resources Education Network.  The Crawford County Conservation District, Planning Commission, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Meadville Area Water Authority will conduct workshops in Cochranton on March 28th, and in Cambridge Springs on March 29th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The agenda includes a brief talk on types, installation, and use of rain barrels as well as backyard stormwater management.  All registered participants have the option to sign up and receive a $30 rebate coupon for installing the rain barrel of their choice.

The rain barrels are being offered in an effort to slow stormwater runoff that flows into Crawford County waterways, as well as provide the homeowner with a free source of water which can be used on the lawn and garden.

Preregistration is required and space is limited.  The rain barrel rebates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no cost to attend.  All those interested in attending should call the Crawford County Conservation District at (814) 763-5269 to register.

 

Seedling Sale

 

It’s time again for the Crawford County Conservation District 33rd Annual Tree Seedling Sale! We are offering quality seedlings that increase property value, enhance wildlife habitat, beautify the landscape, improve the environment, and provide a source of income. We have several new items this year, including some fruit trees. Seedlings are pre-ordered (orders due by March 26) and then ready for pick-up on April 20, 2012. Tree seedlings offered this year are: Colorado Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Douglas Fir, Balsam fir, Eastern White Pine, Canadian Hemlock, Red Cedar, Eastern Larch, Northern Red Oak, White Oak, English Oak, Black Cherry, Sugar Maple, Flowering Dogwood, American Hazelnut, Red Mulberry, American Basswood, Witch Hazel, Spicebush, Black Chokeberry, American Elderberry, Blueberries, Apple, Pear and Peach trees., Also available are: North East Annual & Perennial Wildflower Mix, Keystone Deer & Turkey Mix, and Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden Mix. We are also offering tree shelters, bat houses and bluebird house kits and rainbarrels. . The Crawford County Conservation District’s Seedling Sale is an annual fundraiser to help support our educational programs and district activities held at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center. For an order blank, or for more information, call 814-763-5269 or go to the District’s website: www.crawfordconservation.com.

 

Free Educational Programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center: Please check the Web site www.crawfordconservation.com for information.

 

Pymatuning

Pools, Puddles and Polliwogs

Enjoy a short movie on the importance of Vernal Pools and then explore some of the pools near the Environmental Classroom and search for frogs and salamanders. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Environmental Classroom located at the Jamestown Marina within Pymatuning State Park. For more information call 724-932-3142 or visit http://www.state.pa.us/

 

Maple Weekend

For a lot of family fun join the Maple Taste and Tour weekend. Sixteen sugarhouses in the region will host this event for people to witness how the sap is made; free samples will be available as well as maple products for sale. The event is scheduled for Saturday March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on Saturday, the Edinboro Historical Society will sponsor a Maple Festival at the Edinboro Fire Hall, 125 Meadville Street. There will be live music, arts and crafts, and plenty of good food and maple syrup. For more information, visit the Northwest Maple Syrup Association at http://pamaple.org/

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