The weekend was nearly spring-like, a nice January thaw Winter enthusiasts don’t fret. Cold and more snow are on tap for the upcoming week and beyond. There has been a lot of flu around lately, it helps to get a flu shot and take other precautions such as frequent hand washing, rest and a good diet. Boneset, a native herb to our region, was in every medicine cabinet when the flu struck for generations, even before aspirin was developed. Boneset is an interesting herb, an attractive perennial and the bees really like it.
Sam Hossler, a former resident of Canadohta Lake sent an email last week in response to last week’s blog Full Wolf Moon Rising. Included in the email was the picture of a Wolf ( I had trouble re-sizing the photo but you can easily view the photo). The picture is the cover on Sam’s latest work, The Silversmith Chronicles, a three part series of werewolf adventures and discoveries. For more information of The Silversmith Chronicles and Sam’s other novels, http://www.samhosslerwriter.com/
Sam is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in Natural Sciences, is an avid outdoors person, who has hiked, hunted, fished and camped in many of the areas of northwestern Pennsylvania which form the landscape in his novels. Over the years, he has written hundreds of outdoor columns and magazine stories. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers of America and is a past president of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Association. Most recently, he served as editor of the Canadohta Lake Breeze.
The January Full Moon is called the Wolf Moon and will brighten the night sky of January 26-27. It is the first full moon of 2013.
January is known as the coldest month in the forest and food is rather scarce. The wolves came in closer to settlements and wilderness villages in search of something to eat. Many in the region have likely heard the coyotes howl at night, but the howl of a wolf in the woods on a pair of snowshoes would certainly be a whole different experience.
Wolves are not all that bad and terrible. For some, the Wolf Moon is a family moon since the wolves are family oriented similar to humans. During the lean and cold days and nights of January, the wolf pack, a family, would work together to make sure all were properly fed.
It is an important first full moon and an appropriate name. Enjoy the wolf, reading a local author and consider joining the Full Wolf Moon walk at Pymatuning. More information on the snowshoe moon walk below.
On the Wild Side
The surging temperatures of the last few days melted the heavy snow cover making it easier for our native wildlife to find something to eat. However, beginning this week, colder air will once again push into the region. Some of the long-range forecasts are predicting a good chance of a snowy and colder February. If so, that should be goods news for the ice fishermen and the the ice fishing contests at Canadohta and Conneaut.
Weather permitting the popular Canadohta Ice Fishing Tournament will be held Feb. 9. It is sponsored by Van Tassel’s Bait Shop located at 36320 Dutch Hill Road. More information here next week, or call the bait shop at 814-694-3474 or Web site www.timberlandbait.com
If the tournament is held on Feb. 9 at Canadohta , then the contest at Conneaut Lake will be held on Feb. 23. If the tournament on Feb. 9 needs to be canceled, the Canadohta make-up date will be Feb. 23 instead.
Maple Syrup – The NW PA Maple Association will hold it’s annual Maple and Tour weekend
March 16 and Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at participating sugar shacks. This is a fun event, entertaining and educational. Generally, the sugar shacks will have free samples and maple products for sale. If your lucky, the sugar shack your visiting will make some Jack Wax. For more information on the maple association and updated information on the Taste and Tour weekend, www.pamaple.org
UPDATE – Edinboro Maple Festival - Thanks to Allan Montgomery of the Edinboro Historical Society – The Edinboro Maple Festival will also be held the weekend of the Taste and Tour Open House. The popular event will be held on March 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, 125 Meadville. Street. More information within the next couple weeks.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
Early in the New Year, mid to late January, 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. www.crawfordconservation.com
• “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
Pymatuning – The Full Wolf Moon
Enjoy the first Full Moon of 2013 on Saturday January 26 at 5:30 p.m. for a moonlit walk at Pymatuning. Dress for the weather, be sure to bring a flashlight (my thought – take a camera in case there is a wolf on the path) . Meet at the Environmental Classroom.
Some snowshoes are available for those who need a pair. Call the Park Office at 724-932-3142 to reserve a pair and/or to let them to know you’ll be there.