I was reminded of an old truism the other day – the fifth season in northwestern Pennsylvania. Sure we have Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter but there’s also the Snow and Mud Season between late winter and early spring. The fifth season is actually knocking on the backdoor now.
The Snow and Mud Season is generally known for the year’s first harvest (see On the Wild Side below).
However, before the Fifth Season arrives in earnest, the forecasts indicate we may have to endure another cold and snowy week. March – in like a lion, out like a lamb or March Madness?
On the Wild Side
The first harvest of the year, which can be gathered during “snow and mud” season is about to begin.- Maple Syrup. The maple producers were all busy the last several weeks tapping trees and preparing for the sap run when the warmer temperatures arrive.
Unfortunately Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Pennsylvania wild deer herd, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. While the disease is apparently not harmful humans, it is fatal to the deer. The three cases were discovered in southeastern areas of the state. More information at CWD.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
The District is currently selling tree seedlings for it’s annual sale. The proceeds help to fund many of the educational programs at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center. For more information, http://www.crawfordconservation.com/
• “No Leaves! What Tree is it?” Tuesday, March 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mark Lewis, Service Forester, PA Bureau of Forestry, will lead a walk starting at the Nature Center and identify some of Pennsylvania’s common trees. Learn how to tell one tree from another when there are no leaves to help. Dress for the weather.
• “Late Afternoon Mystery Matinee…with Popcorn!” Wednesday, March 13, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a relaxing and fun late afternoon! She will project two animal videos that will both entertain and amaze…and YOU WILL VOTE on which ones we watch! Possible subjects are: Bats, Timber Rattlesnakes, Allegheny Woodrats, Otters and Osprey. Which two will it be?
• “Volcanoes,” Tuesday, March 26, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Allegheny College student Lucas Carrion will be teaching us about volcanoes from all over the world. Find out where volcanoes form and why different types exist in different areas. We will watch videos of eruptions and well as see pictures and actual rock samples.
• “Fresh and Salt Water Aquariums,” Wednesday, March 27, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Vince LaRochelle will share his experiences with both fresh and salt wter aquariums and answer any questions you may have about them. Also, for fun, he will present a short video of his Indonesian scuba diving adventures.
The February 23 ice fishing contest sponsored by Timberland Bait Shop was a huge success, according to Gerry Van Tassel. The were some large fish caught by the 174 anglers who ventured out on the ice. More information on Friday or visit TimberlandBait.com
The Union City Volunteer Fire Department will have a scalloped potatoes and ham dinner on Sunday, March 10. The dinner will begin at 11:30 a.m. and end when the food runs out.