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October Woolies

Friday was a weather spectacular day, at least in my neighborhood; mostly sunny, a slight breeze and warm temperatures which were in the mid-sixties.  However, the Wooly Bear caterpillars (see On the Wild Side below) were scrambling this past week searching for a winter dwelling.

The upcoming week looks like it will be generally warm with a few rain showers. It is a perfect time of the year to walk through a woods and enjoy the transitions happening.

The leaves are colorful everywhere following several cold, frosty nights. The winds and rains this past week sent many  leaves to the ground. The hawks appear to be still migrating and there are flocks of squawking black birds seemingly almost everywhere.

Halloween is fast approaching and so are many community events. In Bloomfield Township, the Great Pumpkin Hunt for children will be held on Saturday, October 27 at the township building; Union City has a special downtown Trail of Treats for the ghosts and goblins followed by neighborhood trick or treating. Meadville will celebrate with the 46 annual Halloween Parade also on the 27.

Be sure to check your community calendars for other events or email them here and the event will be posted.

CARE Update:


The Save Our Swamp Tour of Geneva  Marsh was very successful last week. More next week. For more information on the important community work and education sponsored by the organization, click CARE.

 

 

On the Wild Side

The famous weather forecasters, the Wooly Bears, have been searching for winter quarters this past week. They’ll hibernate all winter to re-emerge when spring arrives and there is plenty of vegetation to eat. After several weeks in the spring, the caterpillar spins a cocoon and re-emerges as a nighttime moth.

While the groundhog is best known as a spring forecaster, the Wooly Bears are best known as the prophets of the upcoming winter. According to weather lore, the colors on the caterpillar forecast how severe or mild, the winter months will be. The longer and larger black stripes indicate a snowier and cold winter knocking on the back door, according to some weather experts. Thinner black markings on the orange colored body foretell a milder winter.

The Wooly Bear is actually the larval stage of the Isabella Tiger moth, an orange-yellow insect with a wing span of about two inches.

The prophecies of the Woolies have largely been de-bunked by science. It’s better and much safer to follow the updates on weather news and forecasts. Personally, in my own mind, winter is going to do what it wants to do and spring will be here – whenever. But the Wooly Bear is sort of a nice tradition.

 

 

Hickernell Methodist Church

The Church will sponsor it’s annual bazaar on November 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. According to an email sent by Susan Tau : “The bazaar will feature handmade rugs, dish cloths, slippers, ornaments, and many other useful and/or fun items.  Baked goods including homemade candies, jams and jellies, snacks, breads and pies will also be featured.  All items will make great gifts for any occasion.

A lunch consisting of soup, sandwich, pie, and beverage for adults and ½ sandwich, soup, cupcake and beverage for children will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Charge will be $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children.

One-half of the proceeds from the bazaar will benefit local missions.

The Church is located on the Springboro Road, approximately 3 miles west of Route 98.  The church is completely handicapped accessible, and the event is open to the public.”

 

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Bats and spiders are cool, but the Woolies are more peaceful.

 

BUILD YOUR OWN BAT HOUSE!
Tuesday October 23rd 4:30 p.m.—5:30 p.m.

Do you want to make a home for bats or maybe lure them out of your attic? Well, there are a few ways to do this. Join Terry Lobdell as he shows us how to make our own bat box at this program! Learn about bats and check out the bat houses at the Nature Center while you are here. Limited to first 20 registrants

SPIDERS
Tuesday October 30 4:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Are you afraid of spiders? Would you like to find out more about them? Matt Foradori, Department of Biology and Health Services, Edinboro University, will be teaching us all about arachnids. Join us for this unique program.

All Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. Call Kathy Uglow at 814-763-5269 to register or for more information. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.org. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let them know if you require special accommodations.

Fishing Report


Get the latest fishing news with Darl Black. So far, I haven’t heard if the Wooly Bears are good bait. More information, click Fish.

 

 

 

 

 

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