Last week marked a change in the weather with cooler temperatures. Many wood stoves were lit during the evening hours for extra warmth, flannel shirts and hoodies came out of the closet for morning commutes.
The cooler temperatures saw some increased activity as homeowners gathered, split and stacked firewood for the upcoming winter. It has been a seemingly fast year.
It is also a great time of the year to be outside and enjoy the near perfect autumn days. There are several events scheduled at both Pymatuning and the Crawford County Conservation District which include outdoor activities. For some more information on these events, EXPLORE.
Mid week looks like we will enjoy some cool autumn rains and then a return to sunny fall weather.
On the Wild Side
Archery season for deer opens on September 29. There seems to be plenty of people out spotting deer once the sun goes down and there’s plenty of talk about some nice bucks being seen.
The woods are alive with blooming native plants and the honey bees as well as the native bees have been busy collecting and storing food for the winter. It is a great time to explore. It is almost time for the stumpy mushroom to appear in the woods, perhaps after this weeks rains.
The hummingbirds seemed to have started their exit, I have seen very few in the last week at the feeder or on any flowering plants.
Northstar, the horse which was severely burned appears to be on the road to recovery, according to many published reports. The horse was taken to Ohio State University for treatment. Donations to help cover the medical bills can be made at any PNC bank or other funds which have been set up. More information about donations and updates at Help Northstar.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
I talked with Brian Pilarcik at the Conservation District one day last week. He was excited about some of the interesting and fun things scheduled. Two events are scheduled in conjunction with Linda Armstrong of Pymatuning. It is a great time to explore and find some hidden treasures.
As with any events at the Conservation District or at Pymatuning, just call to register (Woodcock Nature Center – 814-763-5258 and/or Pymatuning at 1 -724-932-3141 or for more information www.crawford conservation.com)
A Pymatuning shoreline walk is scheduled for September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Both Pilarcik and Armstrong will lead the group after they assemble at the Spillway parking lot that morning. According to Pilarcik, the water levels are very low for this time of year and there are many treasures to be discovered., He also said there are many unique shoreline birds this time of the year to observe.
On Monday October 1, kayak Sugar Lake, one of the regions glacial kettle lake’s. Linda Armstrong has several kayaks available to use on a first come basis, so call as soon as possible if you want to join. The kayaking adventure will begin at 6 p.m. and end around 8 p.m.
Pymatuning State Park Shoreline Clean-Up on September 20 beginning at 9 a.m. The low water levels will help to collect debris which is normally underwater. Please call to register, 724-932-3141. It is important to call ahead so the supplies needed for the clean-up can be obtained.
The Crawford County Pomona Grange recently met at Rundell’s Grange Hall. During the meeting, new officers for the upcoming year were installed (pictured above). Chester Tau also encourage those present to check their voting status for the upcoming Nov. 6 elections. A proper photo ID is now required under a recently approved PA Voter Law. For more information, VOTE.
The Granges will also be actively involved in an effort on December 1 to collect items for our troops overseas. For more information contact your local Grange for the Support the Troops collection.
Anglers and Antlers
The second annual event will be held on October 6-7. For more information, Anglers and Antlers.
Get the latest fishing reports on the regions waterways, FISH.