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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Groundhogs, Ice Fishing and Maple Syrup

 

An outdoor picnic any time soon seems out of the question.

Last week was weather noteworthy because of the varying amounts of snow and bitter cold. Canadohta had maybe six inches while areas some ten miles away had well over a foot. In my neighborhood, there was about a foot and half, while a short three miles away had well over two and half feet or more.

The weather should improve a little for the upcoming week. Rain is even in the forecast around Tuesday. Rain will certainly make driving the back roads,well, interesting before it turns back to snow towards the end of the week and the beginning of February.

There are some subtle weather changes besides flipping the page on the calendar; it is staying light outside a little bit longer than before. Looking through last year’s 2012 calendar, March 15 is marked as the first night the spring peepers began to sing.

Some important February dates: Groundhog Day is Feb. 2; Mardi Gras and Lincoln’s Birthday are Feb. 12; Valentine’s Day, as if no one knows, Feb. 14; and Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day are Feb. 18.

February 25 marks the second Full Moon of 2013. It is often called the Full Snow Moon or the Full Hunger Moon.

 

On the Wild Side

The hidden Kingdom of Subnivia must be going pretty good with all the snow in the woods. The deer have also been moving a lot during the night time hours. There are deer tracks everywhere in the morning, but the tracks in Subnivia are often hidden from view.

 

Canadohta Lake

The popular Canadohta Lake Ice Fishing Tournament is set for February 9 from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the event can be obtained at Timberland Bait Shop 38329 Dutch Hill Road. For more information, call 814-694-3474 or visit timberlandbait.com

Cash prizes will be awarded for the longest fish in numerous categories and there are special prizes and awards for children.

This is a fun, family oriented event which attracts hundreds of people. Even if you don’t fish, just stop by during the day and enjoy the scenery and the festival-like atmosphere.

 

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.

 

• “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!

February events:

• “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.

Maple Syrup – Taste and Tour and the Edinboro Maple Festival

The Edinboro Maple Festival attracted hundreds of people last year.

Update: On Friday February 1st at 10:30 am the Secretary of Ag George Greig has graciously agreed to set the first tap and make a proclamation of February as Maple Month.  For the ease of everyone attending, this ceremony will be held directly across from Gate 1 of the Crawford County Fair Grounds. This will be open to the public.

The NW PA Maple Association will hold it’s annual Taste 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

Edinboro Maple Festival – The same weekend, March 16 – 17 the Edinboro Historical Society will sponsor the popular Edinboro Maple Festival. It will be held at the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department. There will be plenty of good food featuring maple syrup, live music, arts and crafts and much more. More information on the schedule and links within the next week or so.

The local maple producers did good at the recent PA State Farm Show. Janet Woods of Hurry Hill Maple Farm won some notable awards for her syrup. For more information, KoyoteGreg or Koyote Hill.

Pymatuning Winter Fun Days

The 37 annual Pymatuning Winter Fun Days will be on Feb. 2 and 3. More Information: Call 724-932-3141 or 814-720-6584 or visit www.pymatuningtrailblazers.com

Cochranton Carl

This local groundhog will make his weather forecast at the Cochranton Library. It will be part of a fund raiser to construct a new library. More information, call Friends of the Cochranton Library at 814-425-2207.

 

 

 



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