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By Greg Spinks Community blogger
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Hello and Welcome Spring

While the forecasts call for a somewhat rainy week ahead, the temperatures will be in the fifties and perhaps the sixties. There is the chance of some flooding with the run-off and rains, stay tuned to local reports in your area.

It is good to see the early spring flowers and plants begin to emerge over the weekend.

Be careful of the ice, it is not safe and is breaking up fast. It won’t be long and the the lily pads and frogs will replace the ice. I’ve known several people who have fallen through, luckily no injuries except for embarrassment.

On the Wild Side


 

April brings two important outdoor holidays; the opening day of trout on April 13 and the first day of spring gobbler on April 23.

Chances are we will hear the spring peepers some night this week, followed by the spring leeks. The weather this week will also keep the beekeepers busy. The weather will waken the hives and the bees will be hungry this spring because of a short nectar supply from the golden rods this past fall.

The warm weather will bring the region’s first harvest to end. By most accounts it was a good maple season and there was a good sap run. Producers pull the taps when the weather warms since it is needed by the swelling leaf buds on the tree.

The Maple Festival in Edinboro and the Taste and Tour Open House at local Sugar House was well attended, although on Saturday with the wintery weather some numbers down.

Pymatuning

Creek Critters

Get in on the fun and discover the amazing world of aquatic insects on Saturday April 20 at 10 a.m.. Meet at the Park Office and be sure to wear boots and dress for the weather. For directions and /or more information, call the park office at 724-932-3142.

Clean-Up Day

Two days later on April 22, the Park will conduct a general clean-up of the shoreline areas. Volunteers are needed for the pre-summer clean up and if you or your organization can help please call the park office for more information and so that adequate supplies can be on hand. The park will provide gloves and trash bags. Be sure to dress for the weather. The number to contact for more information or to volunteer is 724932-3142.

Hickernell United Methodist Church

 

The Hickernell United Methodist Church will hold a rummage and bake sale on Saturday, April 13th from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church on the Springboro Road.  Delicious homemade baked goods will be available and free coffee.  Proceeds of the sale will be used for local mission projects.  The Church is located three miles west of Route 98 on Springboro Road and is completely handicapped accessible.

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

• “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.

• “Nature Center Field Trip…Aquaponics Investigation,” Wednesday, April 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Meet at Allegheny College Carr Hall Lobby (directions available) to find out how to garden using an aquaponics system. Thomas Eatmon, Environmental Science Dept., will demonstrate some working aquaponics systems…find out what he is growing! Also take a look at the new Allegheny College Environmental Science Department and see the “living wall.”

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. Event information is also available at http://www.crawfordconservation.com. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

 


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