For many the cooler temperatures this weekend are welcome. The rainfall was nice for farms and home gardens. Locally, the harvest season is well underway. Support our farms and buy locally. The roadside stands are numerous.
While the drought has impacted the corn crop in many areas of the country, the corn and soybean crop locally appears to be doing just fine. Read more CORN. The nations drought will likely create higher food prices later this year. Corn is widely used in many consumer products.
Tonight (Saturday) there will a show in the night sky as the Perseid meteor show will be visible. Well, the show will be visible if the cloud cover clears out after sun down.
In a few more weeks, many schools will be opening. It seems like the summer months flew by quickly. So get out and enjoy some fun summer activities.
On the Wild Side
Many native plants are now blooming in the fields,meadows and in the woods. August is a great time to explore our natural resources and there plenty of hiking trails in the region to enjoy.
The deer seems to be numerous this year, at least in my neighborhood. The wild turkey population also appears to be good. There is hardly a week that goes by without seeing a hen turkey with her young ones.
The wild black berries are big and sweet this year and there are plenty of them to pick. The elderberries are also ripening but get them before the birds do. In many fields and meadows the goldenrods are now blooming, along with other native flowers and herbs such as “boneset”. The yellow golden rods are an important food source for the bees and their flowers signal some upcoming changes for the beekeepers and the bees. More next week on what August means to the bees and the beekeepers.
The popular Book Swap program in Canadohta Lake has been suspended temporarily. The program is sponsored by the Canadohta Art Society under the direction of Ann Bergheim. The organization is looking for a new location for the program since the building that housed the program is for sale. She is planning on a major book sale on Labor Day weekend. More details on the changes soon.
August, September and October are great months to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Lake Canadohta region If your in the area and getting hungry, there are plenty of good places to get a sandwich or enjoy a relaxing meal. The Frog Pond restaurant is a good choice for a sit down, relaxing meal. The food is excellent and the service is some of the best around.
The Timberland Bait Shop’s Kid’s Fish and Fun Day is being held today. Updates will be posted here as they become available and again next week. It’s a fun time at Van Tassel’s pond any time but especially for the kids today.
Some crappies from Tamarac Lake have been netted by the Fish and Boat Commission, according to Gerry Van Tassel of Timberland. Tamarac water levels are being lowered because of structural problems with two dams. Some of these crappie did not survive the journey and have died. The dead fish raised concerns and speculations about a possible fish kill. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case after a few inquiries.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
• “Basic Compass Course,” Tuesday, August 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Limited to first 20 registrants. Join Brian Pilarcik, Crawford County Conservation District, for an introduction to using a compass. Materials and compasses will be provided.
• “Butterflies Walk,” Tuesday, August 21, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Lynn Sandieson, Crawford Conservation District, will lead us on a scouting expedition at the Nature Center and through Stainbrook Park to search for and identify some of our most common species.
• “Summer Tree Identification,” Tuesday, August 28, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Mark Lewis, Service Forester, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, will lead a tree identification walk on the Nature Center grounds. This program is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine.
All Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call 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.
A Pymatuning Festival will be held at the popular State Park on September 1 from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. The event will be held at the park on Damn Road just outside of Jamestown.
There will be food vendors, an Arts and Crafts Show live music and much more. All proceeds go to the Pymatuning Lake Association.
The final Tea Time Talk will be held on Sunday, August 12 at 3 p.m. with Brett Maloney, a well known landscape artist from North East. The cost is $3 for members and $7 for nonmembers. For more information on this event or other events at the Gardens click, Gardens.