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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
Greg Spinks is a Crawford County blogger.   Read more about this blog.

Summer is Gone, Welcome Fall

 

Autumn made a soggy appearance on Saturday, September 22 at 10:49 a.m. Officially, the autumn seasons runs until December 20.It is the favorite season for many with cooler days and nights and colorful leaves.

Some claim the leaves will not be quite as colorful this year because of the dry conditions of summer. Locally, it seems we have had adequate rains for the most part. UPDATE – Sunday September 23 : Frost is a possibility just to the south of Crawford County. For locations, Frost.

Autumn is the best time for garden clean-up as the season winds down. It’s also a good time to consider a soil test for both flower and vegetable gardens. The inexpensive test is available from Penn State Extension and many other garden supply sources.

 

On the Wild Side

The native sunchokes are beginning to bloom.

Another sign of fall is the unusual number of hawks flying overhead. It is migration time. The summer Hummingbirds left about a week or two ago on their journey. Before the rains came this weekend, the bees have been very busy on many autumn plants, such as the goldenrod, asters and the native herb, boneset.

I have yet to find a stumpy in my patch of woods. Others in the neighborhood seem to have plenty. The stumpies, a tasty woodland mushroom, grow when summer changes to autumn and a good time to get them is right after a rain.

However, the sunchokes or Jerusalem Artichocke’s are beginning to bloom. The underground tubers are often called Indian Potatoes. They are healthy and flavorful.

Archery season for white tail opens next Saturday.

 

Save Our Swamp

Picture of Geneva Swamp shared by CARE.

Crawford Area Residents for the Environment (CARE) will host a Kayak-Canoe Tour and Photo contest at Geneva Marsh on October 14. The event begins at 1 p.m. but people can begin to show at noon. Registration is $15 per person. Food and drink will be free.

Person who rather photograph instead of getting out on the water are also encouraged. For more information on the events planned and for a registration form, click Geneva Swamp.

The proceed will help fund the efforts to protect the swamp area; CARE is deeply concerned about the proposed tire incinerator and damage to this amazing natural resource.

Canadohta Lake – Sunday evening  8:30 p.m. UPDATE

The Canadohta Lake region had a rather severe thunderstorm with nearly an inch of hail late in the afternoon. It was followed by sunshine and the area was treated to a spectacular rainbow pictured above. Thanks to Ann Bergheim for sharing the picture

 

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

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)

On Monday October 1, kayak Sugar Lake, one of the regions glacial kettle lake’s. Linda Armstrong of Pymatuning, 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.

On Tuesday October 9, walk through the woods with Mark Lewis and learn more about the colorful leaves from 4:30 – 5:30p.m. Meet at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center.

Fishing Reports

Keep updated with Darl black on the local fishing and enjoy some great photos of the fish. More information, FISH.

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