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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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October – An End and a Beginning

Autumn certainly arrived with cool days and even cooler nights. October will arrive on Monday along with colorful leaves and the smell of wood smoke. Upcoming are Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Then, it’s a long haul before spring weather.

At the Woodcock Creek Nature Center there are some interesting autumn events scheduled for October; learn about the changing trees, bats and spiders. See the posting below for more information.

At Berkey’s Nursery in Spartansburg, it has been a good growing year. Despite the dry conditions and high temperatures, the evergreen seedlings planted in the spring did just fine. Rains came when moisture was most needed. The nursery is now gearing up for the Christmas season. In addition to selling numerous species of evergreen trees, the nursery also sells online homemade Christmas Wreaths. For more information, Christmas.

It’s time to get ready for winter; stack and split wood and deal with some bees that decided to make a nest in an outside wall. At least, the cold weather will stop the house fly invasion; they have been really insistent on coming inside.

The vegetable garden is at an end, except for planting the garlic

 

On the Wild Side

Archery hunters are happy. The season opened Saturday September 29 and ends on November 12. The deer archery season re-opens on December 26 and runs until January 12. October is a great time to be out and about in the woods, hunting or no hunting, it’s a great month to be outdoors.

Bees, as mentioned above have been busy getting ready for winter, as have the squirrels. They are also busy storing nuts for the winter. The warm sunny, dry days are ending quickly now.

 

Save Our Swamp

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.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Sugar Lake Kayak Ecotour

Monday, October 16, 6p.m. – 8 p.m.

Linda Armstrong from Pymatuning and Brian Pilarcik from the Conservation District will lead a tour on Sugar Lake, one of the regions glacial lakes. A limited number of kayaks are available to borrow. Contact Linda Armstrong at Pymatuning to register at 724-932-3142.

Fall Foliage

Tuesday, October 9, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Join Mark Lewis, Service Forester, PA Bureau of Forestry and learn about the science behind the colorful leaves. Meet at the Nature Center.
6 Annual Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, October 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Meet at Stainbrook Shelter #2 See what you can find on this adventure trip.

Later in October will be two events. Building a bat box, with Terry Lobdell and Spiders, with Edinboro professor Matt Foradori. I’ve spoken with both and we’ll have more next weekend.

 

Union City


Christmas on Main will be November 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a great event on Main Street. More in a couple weeks.

 

Canadohta Lake

The lake will be lowered on November 1. There is still time to enjoy the boats. Be careful, though, sometimes like last year, the lake was lowered a day or so earlier than scheduled.

 

Regional Fishing Report

Learn the hot spots and what are the best baits with Darl Black at FISH.

 

 

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