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Happy Mothers Day, Timberdoodles and Quilts

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms! Hopefully, it was a great day for all even though Mother Nature didn’t cooperate much. There’s a chance of wet snow and sleet for the next day or so and the very real possibility of frost.

The weather should improve by mid-week, hopefully.

 

On the Wild Side

Seems as though it has been a successful spring gobbler season for many so far. On Monday May 13, hunters can legally hunt from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. The season ends of May 31st. The daily limit is one Tom while the season limit is two birds.

Hopefully, the frost stays away from the region; the wild apples and other fruit and nut trees are in bloom.

The woods have been swampy with all of the rain the last several days but if you get the chance get out and enjoy the show. Many spring wild flowers are now blooming. The Ernst Trail, the Woodcock Creek Nature Center’s trails, Pymatuning and the Union City Dam are free, public access areas to visit and enjoy the show. The swamp marigolds, pictured above, enjoy the wet conditions.

 

Cambridge Springs – Quilt Study Group

The Northwestern Pennsylvania Quilt Study Group will sponsor a special workshop and lecture on May 15 and on May 16. If you enjoy quilts and/or history this should prove to be fascinating. For details and more information, Quilt History.

 

Audubon – From Sarah Sargent – The Timberdoodles


 

“For the first time my office in Meadville is going to participate in the annual Birdathon held by our state program (Audubon Pennsylvania).  We are one of four teams in the state and we are hoping to show how great our region is for birding as well as having a wonderful community of people who support our work.  Our team is named the Timberdoodles (after the nickname for American Woodcocks).  My other team members are all the current Audubon staff members who are working with me at the moment: Judy Acker (part-time, education), Jason Fidorra (temporary, shorebird monitor and bander) and Mary Birdsong (temporary, part time shorebird monitor).  We are competing with three other teams in the state, in a friendly way (mostly!).

This is a fundraising event for us, and any small (or large!) amount will help us.  We will divide our total amount raised between two programs:

1.       Bird banding at Presque Isle.  Always popular with visitors, we show visitors what birds look like up close.  We band during spring and fall migration when lots of birds are moving through.  Since 2007 we have banded close to 12,000 birds!  We recapture many of our banded birds between years, and several of ours have been recaptured elsewhere (including a Swainson’s Thrush in Mexico!). Our blog can be found at: http://pispbirdbanding.blogspot.com/

2.       Environmental Education in the French Creek watershed.  Judy Acker (former Director of the French Creek Outdoor Learning Center) goes into schools and provides 4th grade students with knowledge about the amazing diversity of aquatic organisms in their home watershed, and also conducts owl pellet workshops for 5th and 6th graders.  This early exposure to local ecological information helps to foster a sense of pride and stewardship in young residents of this special watershed.

You can pledge by species if you want to challenge us to see more species (we are hoping for 100 species for the day), or simply donate a fixed amount.

If you prefer to send a check in the mail, simply print the attached document and follow the instructions on it. Alternatively, you can donate online with a credit card. The direct link to donate to the Timberdoodles is:  http://bit.ly/11BEm4j

All donors will receive the summary report of our day and what we saw.”

 

Pymatuning

May 17 at 6 p.m. Learn more about the history of Pymatuning from swamp to the present day. The program opens at the Environmental Classroom – Jamestown Marina. The program includes a tour of of some areas/ Be sure to dress for the weather and there is some rough walking terrain. For directions or more information, call the park at 723-932-3142.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center


All programs are free and open to the public. Please call to register at 763-5269.

 

• “Nature Pics Walk,” Tuesday, May 14, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Kathy Uglow, Crawford Conservation District, for a relaxing late afternoon spent enjoying and exploring the outdoors and shooting a few photos. All ages welcome! Dress for the weather. Note: This is not an instructional photography class.

• “Raised Beds Gardens at the Nature Center,” Wednesday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Come ready to get your hands dirty! Join Maria Dreese to find out how the Woodcock Creek Nature Center’s Raised Bed Gardens got their start last year. Then help Maria and staff plant this year’s raised beds with vegetables and pollinators. Be involved in something you can watch grow this summer!


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