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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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The First Harvest Begins

Welcome to the Snow and Mud Season! The mild weather last week melted much of the snow and made some ice very dangerous on local ponds, lakes and creeks. With the advent of the Snow and Mud Season, the spring robins returned. They have been spotted nearly everywhere now but disappeared somewhat with the snow and cold at mid-week. Unsettled and cold weather will be on hand for much of the upcoming week, according to most forecasts.

This is also Maple Season season and the producers are quite busy boiling the sap. Maple Syrup is the First Harvest of the new year. For an overview of how some different Sugar House and producers got started and how they boil, click, Sugar House.

Also see On the Wild Side below for information the popular Taste and Tour Open House and the Edinboro Maple Festival this weekend. A special thanks to the Edinboro Area Historical Society for the old time photograph above. It shows John Leroy Showman driving a team in 1945 gathering sp on the Showman farm with his grandfather and namesake John Leroy Showman.

 

 

On the Wild Side

Laura Dengler demostrates some of the features of her Sugar House kitchen, How Sweet It Is, to visitors

Maple Syrup season is now in high gear. The sap was running over much of the past weekend when the temperatures soared into the mid-fifties in many areas. Speaking with several producers earlier this week, they were -well- sounded tired and exhausted.

The maple producers are also preparing for popular Taste and Tour Open House at many local sugar houses this weekend. It’s an educational and family fun time. Also this weekend, the Edinboro Area Historical Society will sponsor their annual Maple Festival at the Edinboro Fire Hall. For more information on both events – Maple Syrup

While maple syrup is the first harvest harvest of 2013, the second harvest will quickly follow – the wild leeks. Last year, at least in this neighborhood, they could be dug by March 20.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

The Crawford County Conservation District recently held their annual banquet at the Days Inn in Meadville. More information below.

The awards baquet held by the Crawford County Conservation District was held on Feb. 23. For more information – Banquet.

All educational events are free and open to the public. Registration, however, is required. It is rather simple, just call the Nature Center and let them know. The number is 763-5269.

 

• “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 water 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.

April events:

• “Wildlife Coming Your Way,” Tuesday, April 2, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. If you have questions about the status of bears, bobcats, fishers, otters or bats in NW PA, then this is the program you won’t want to miss! Shyne Hoachlander, Land Management Group Supervisor, PA Game Commission, will give us the latest information on these species.

• “Garden Without Weeds? What?” Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Weeds, who needs them? Bertha Mesarch, Penn State Master Gardeners, will show us several different ways to grow our own plants and minimize those pesky weeds! Learn ways to deal with weeds, container gardening, “mounds,” and more.

• “Spring Warbler Walk,” Tuesday, April 16, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Judy Acker, Audubon French Creek Outreach Coordinator, will lead us on a spring bird walk. Meet at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center. Bring binoculars if you have them!

• The 34th Annual Tree Sale Distribution will be Friday, April 19, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Fairgrounds at Home Show Building #1. For more information or order forms call: 814-763-5269 or go to www.crawfordconservation.com. All orders are due by Friday, March 22, 2013

 

Bees


The next meeting of the NW PA Beekeepers Association will be held on April 27 in Edinboro. The meeting will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Church from 1 to 3 p.m. For anyone who wants to learn the ancient art of raising bees, this is a great opportunity to learn more and meet experienced beekeepers. Following the leeks as a second harvest, there will be spring honey.

According to Charles Vorisek, a Linesville beekeeper, early reports on bee survival this past winter are not encouraging. Weather conditions last summer and in the early winter contributed to the problem along with troublesome mites. More on the bees and the third harvest next week.

 

Canadohta Lake – Easter Egg Hunt

The Bloomfield Township Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 23 at noon. The hunt will be centered at the municipal building. Have the kids bring a bag to take home their eggs and prizes. The event for children under the age of ten is sponsored by the Bloomfield Township Recreation Board.

Fishing Report

Darl Blacks next fishing report will be released on March 20. Be wary and careful on any remaining ice.

 

Pond Workshop Scheduled – from Brain Pilarcik of Crawford Conservation District

 

Ellwood City, Pa. — To address the basics of pond management, Susan Boser from Penn State Extension, and representatives from the Beaver and Lawrence County Conservation Districts, will offer a workshop from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 23rd. The program will be presented at the Ellwood City Municipal Building, Second Floor Auditorium, Room 211, 525 Lawrence Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.

Ponds can provide many recreational benefits to homeowners, but they have their share of problems. During the program, Boser and others will offer tips and advice on common pond problems and proper management. The program involves presentations as well as a question and answer session.

“The most frequent questions involve the control of aquatic plants and weeds,” says Boser, “so we’ll spend time discussing how to identify and control nuisance plants and algae. We also get a lot of questions about fisheries, so we’ll discuss the best kinds of fish to stock, the species to avoid and how to harvest to keep the populations balanced.”

The cost of the program is $15.00. Pre-register by March 19th to insure your place as space is limited. For more information on the program, contact Lauren Anderson, Lawrence County Conservation District (724.656.2474) or Marty Warchol, Beaver County Conservation District (724.378.1701).

 


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