Monday is the Martin Luther King holiday. King helped to transform our nation and the world into a better place, although there is still more work to be done, the “Dream” is never finished. It is a day to remember, reflect and re-new our personal convictions to equal rights and common, civil behavior to our fellow man. The Dream marches forward.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.”
– Martin Luther King, I Have a Dream Quote
The forecasts are predicting some very cold weather and heavy snow in the next couple days and the frigid cold is expected to march through much of the remaining days of January. Martin Luther King Day could see many of us snow bound. Perhaps, the bitter cold temperatures will slow down the flu virus which is making it’s rounds in many homes.
While it was nice to see the grass last week, the somewhat arctic forecast is a good sign for the ice fishing tournament scheduled for Canadohta Lake on February 9. The popular event is sponsored by Van Tassel Bait Shop on Dutch Hill Road in Canadohta. Jerry Van Tassel said there was about three inches of ice on the lake as of Friday morning, January 18. For updates and information on the popular Canadohta Ice Fishing Tournament, Timberland Bait Shop
Another ice fishing event will be sponsored by Crawford County Conservation District, for more information, see below.
Also keeping an eye on the weather are the maple syrup producers in the region. Last week, during the thaw, some even tapped trees since the sap began to run. However, the run was short lived as daytime temperatures once again were well below freezing.
Janet Woods of Hurry Hill Maple Farm and Museum and a member of the local maple Association won numerous blue ribbons for her syrup at the State Farm Show. More information will be posted here next week on the maple producers including an award winning recipe from Janet Woods for maple syrup salad dressing.
Making maple syrup in the backyard can be a fun, family activity. Get some pointers and useful information about the process from Laura Dengler of the Conservation District and State Forester Mark Lewis.
• “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!
See Crawford County Conservation below for information on how to register for this free event.
Keep in mind the northwestern Maple Association’s Taste and Tour Open House is the weekend of March 16 and March17. In conjunction with the Taste and Tour event, the Edinboro Maple Festival will be held the same weekend at the Edinboro Fire Hall.
On the Wild Side – A January March through the Woods
Saturday was one of those perfect winter days for a winter woods walk. The temperatures were in the lower fifties and most of the snow had melted. The squirrels were certainly busy and there were plenty of fresh signs of the deer moving. We also seen numerous rather fresh buck rubs in several areas.
Not far from a brush pile constructed earlier in the fall, the woodpeckers were sure busy last week.
Pymatuning Full Wolf Moon Walk
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.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
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. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.
• “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.
• “Ice Fishing,” Sunday, February 10, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS PROGRAM WITH THE PA FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION. Call Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 or register online at: http://pfbc.state.pa.us. Do not call the Nature Center. Meet at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center for a short program and then we will fish on Woodcock Lake. Bring appropriate clothes for the weather. No fishing license is required and all equipment is provided.
• “The Great Backyard Bird Count,” Tuesday, February 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Judy Acker, Audubon French Creek Outreach Coordinator, will show us how to participate in the “Great Backyard Bird Count.: This annual project includes bird and nature fans from all over North America (www.birdcount.org) The event runs from Feb. 15 – 18, 2013.
• “WHAT? Bobcats!” Tuesday, February 19, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Join Ryan Nageotte, Wetland Restoration Specialist, Conservation Lands LLC, to learn all about bobcats.
• “Dive into Coral Reefs,” Tuesday, February 26, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Jack Meeder, Allegheny College Departments of Environmental Science and Geology, will share his photos and experiences with coral and coral reefs with us. We will also have the opportunity to examine some fine examples of corals from his collection!