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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Birds, Syrup and Little Trees

Hopefully, the region escapes the brunt of the storm set to hit much of the northeastern east coast. The storm which has been named Nemo  by the Weather Channel could be one of the worst, according to some forecasts. Locally,  the forecasts are calling for some Topsy-turvy weather conditions for the next several days. Later in the week, the cold and snow is expected to return.

Mother Nature is going to do what she wants to do; be safe and pay attention to weather updates.

The last local thaw was an opportune time to replenish the dwindling wood pile.

 

On the Wild Side

Coyotes – Some recent research seems to suggest the more coyotes are hunted, the more they reproduce. If that is the case, are coyote hunts really that effective? Granted coyotes can be a problem and need to be controlled, however, the open season and organized hunts with dogs just may be aggravating the growing problem.

Backyard Bird Count

 

The Great Backyard Bird Count will be held February 15 – 18. It is a fun and important activity and really costs no money.  Thanks to Shawn Collins for the picture of the woodpecker above.  Discover more about the Great Backyard Bird Count at, Count.

Ice Fishing Canadohta Lake


 

The Canadohta Lake Ice Fishing contest has been re-scheduled to February 23. It was originally scheduled for February 9. The popular event is sponsored by Timberland Bait Shop in Canadohta Lake. The contest, which offers cash awards for the largest fish caught in numerous categories, had to be re-scheduled because of unsafe lake conditions, according to Jerry Van Tassel who owns and operates the bait shop with his wife Sarah.

Because the Canadohta contest had to be rescheduled, the Conneaut Lake tournament has been canceled for 2013. For more information and updates timberlandbait.com or call the bait shop at 694-3474

Maple Syrup – A Ceremonial First Tap

PA Sec. of Agriculture George Greigs reads a proclamation declaring February as Maple Syrup Month at the Crawford Fairgrounds.

Agriculture Secretary George Greig, dozens of local maple producers and local politicians along with the Pennsylvania’s Maple Sweetheart were at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on February 1. Greig tapped a maple tree and read a proclamation from Gov. Tom Corbett. The proclamation declared February Maple Syrup month in Pennsylvania.

It was certainly a cold, blustery day; so cold in fact, the sap had no intention of running that day. But the sap will rise shortly and the local maple producers are ready to make syrup.

The Maple Association and the Edinboro Historical Society are both getting ready for two special events with the sap run. Both events are planned for the weekend of March 16 and 17.

Numerous family sugar shacks in the region will host a Taste and Tour event for the general public to sample some maple “goodies”and witness the ancient art of maple syrup production. It’s a fun events for all members of the family. For more information on times and the participating shacks, pamaple.org

The Edinboro Historical Society, the same weekend will host the popular Edinboro Maple Festival. It will be held at the Edinboro Fire Hall. The event features a pancake breakfast and lots of maple syrup, arts and crafts, live entertainment and plenty of family activities. A special note of thanks to Allan Montgomery of the Edinboro Historical Society who contributed the above photo.  More information at Edinboro Festival or at Taste and Tour.

Pancake Breakfast in Saegertown – Support Boy Scout Troop 254

Boy Scout Troop 254 in Saegertown will have a pancake breakfast on Saturday, February 23 from 7 a.m. to noon. The breakfast will be held at the Saegertown United Methodist Church located in downtown. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children under 12. The proceeds from the events help to fund the troop.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

Seedling trees are now available to order from the Conservation District. This is the 32 annual sale sponsored by the Districts. The proceeds help to fund many of the environmental and educational.

While the ordering deadline is listed as March 28, some varieties are in short supply and it is recommended that orders be placed as soon as possible.

For more information, click crawfordconservation.com or call at 763-5269.

 

Upcoming February Programs:

 

• “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!
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.

 

 



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