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

Hello 2013

Happy New Year and Welcome 2013! May the New Year be happy, prosperous and healthy for all.

The past week was certainly snowy and winter like and more of the same is expected next week (of course it is the end of the year in northwestern Pennsylvania and the beginning of a New Year). Be careful driving, conditions can change rapidly this time of the year.

 

On the Wild Side

Thanks to Shawn Collins of Meadville for this photograph of a Downy Woodpecker.

A special thanks to Shawn Collins of Meadville who shared the opening photograph of a Trumpeter Swan seen at Pymatuning during the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The Trumpeter Swan is a rather rare bird for our region. Collins is a respected photographer and birder in our region.

According to Clare Nicolls, who was the compiler for the Linesville CBC, he has only seen the Trumpeter Swans twice in his lifetime.

According to Nicolls and Sarah Sargent of the Audubon Society 84 species of birds were counted in the Linesville area during the count, which is somewhat higher than usual. According to both Nicolls and Sargent, the day of the count was warmer than usual which could help explain the higher count this year as compared to previous years.

The birds, at least at my feeders have been very active the last week. Be sure to remember to set some extra food out for them as the weather turns colder and snowier. It was surprising to see the deer moving during the last two storms, as well as the turkeys. One would have thought they would have hunkered down until the storms past the region.

 

Pymatuning – Welcome 2013

The Pymatuning Welcome 2013 walk will likely be snowy; dress for the weather and enjoy a healthy walk.

Get Healthy and Take a Hike! Tuesday January 1 at 10 a.m. Take a healthy 2 mile walk around the Pymatuning shoreline, view the winter wildlife and enjoy some winter plant identification. Be sure to dress for winter weather.

Call the park office to register at 724-932-3142

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

The Conservation District will sponsor the 34 annual tree seedling sale this spring; details will be released soon.

Early in the New Year, the Conservation District will release the information about their 34 annual tree seedling sale. It is an important fund raiser for the district and helps to fund the educational programs which are held nearly every week.

A wide range of various native trees and shrubs will be available for property owners who want to enhance their property and help our native wildlife. Once the information is released, it will be posted here or it can be viewed next month at the Conservation Web site, www.crawfordconservation.com

 

January events:

• “All Aboard for Model Railroading!” Tuesday, January 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Tom Collard, veteran model railroader, for an introduction to this interesting hobby. Ages 11 and up.

• “Critters that Go‘Bump’ in the Night,” Tuesday, January 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Linda Armstrong, Environmental Education Specialist, Pymatuning State Park, will tell us all about various nocturnal animals and their activities! If there is snow we will also look for tracks around the Nature Center!

• “Beginning Snowshoeing,” Thursday, January 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants…let us know when you call to register whether you have your own snowshoes! The Allegheny College Outing Club will lead this activity. Dress for the weather.

• “Backyard Maple Sugaring,” Tuesday, January 29, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Join Laura Dengler, Crawford Conservation District, and Mark Lewis, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, to learn all the basics of making pure maple syrup in your backyard! Dress for the weather, some activities will be outdoors. Enjoy special treats after the program!

All educational workshops are free and open to the public. Be sure to call ahead and pre-register at 814-763-5269

 

Photography Contest – PALMS

 

Pennsylvania Lake Management Society

2012 1st Place Photo Contest Winner ~ Pennsylvania Lake by Mary Moraghan

Annual Photo Contest – Submit Your Best Lake Photo Today!

PALMS will continue it’s tradition of rewarding great Pennsylvania lake photography at the 2013 conference in State College! We encourage all of our members to participate by contributing photographs taken throughout the year on any of our beautiful PA lakes. A contest will be held and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners again this year. The winning photograph will be used on the PALMS website and showcased in the PALMS newsletter What’s Wet.

Judging will be through secret ballot by PALMS conference attendees.

Submission Information:

  • Photograph must have been taken by the person submitting the photo.
  • Photo must be of, or related to, ponds and lakes in Pennsylvania.
  • Please print your name, address, affiliation, and photo location and title on reverse of photo.
  • Please submit BOTH a digital copy and an 8”x10” print of the photo.
  • Digital copies should be included in mailed submission on a CD or emailed to arlink@aqualinkinc.com
  • Submissions can be either color or black & white.
  • All submitted photos will become the property of PALMS and may be utilized in a variety of PALMS publications.  Submission of a photo signifies permission for PALMS to use the material (with credit) as desired.
  • Mail submission to:       Aqua-Link, Inc.
    c/o PALMS Photo Contest

    PO Box 605
    Doylestown, PA 18901

Submissions must be received by our Photo Contest Coordinator Aqua-Link, Inc. by February 15, 2013 or hand-delivered to the conference registration desk by 12:00pm on February 20, 2013.

Questions?  Please contact Kerilynn Frey 570.316.1669 or info@palakes.org .

 

 

 

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