Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s today! Hopefully, the weather will co-operate with any planned outdoor activities but it sure looks like rain out there and on the radar.
Anyone with an outdoor garden knows about mud and soggy conditions. The plants seem to be just sitting there holding their own until warmer and sunnier weather returns to the region. Some gardeners have not even been able to plant because of the wet conditions but actually there is still plenty of time for many vegetable crops.
On the Wild Side
The wild strawberries are beginning to ripen and the blueberry crop is looking just fine. Perhaps, it is the extra moisture this year but the berries appear larger than normal.
The native purple water Iris are also blooming in time for Father’s Day as is the yellow water iris.
The tornado clean-up is progressing and it has been impressive. The spirit of cooperation from the community and the region has been impressive. Luckily, there were no injuries, even afterward during the clean up.
For some insights into the clean-up, Tornado.
Quickly, here are some important numbers to call for help if there are remaining problems:
Union City Family Support Hotline - 814.314.9337
American Red Cross – 814. 833.0942
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
• “Family Fishing,” Wednesday, June 19, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Join the Crawford Conservation District and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for a late afternoon of instruction, casting and fishing! This program is open to all ages and will be held rain or shine, so come dressed for the weather. All supplies will be provided! You do not need a fishing license for this PA Fish and Boat Commission sponsored educational event. NOTE: SPECIAL REGISTRATION — Please register with the PA Fish and Boat Commission by calling Chad Foster at 814-683-5126 or register online at: http://pfbc.state.pa.us. Do not call the Nature Center for this registration!
• “Bat Wayside Kickoff—Bat Count Event,” Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The Woodcock Creek Nature Center has installed a NEW Bat Wayside on the grounds! Come and join us for a preview and for a wonderful bat program by Terry Lobdell. Be prepared to count bats with us at dusk to see how many live in the Nature Center bat boxes. What a fun family adventure!
• “Down and Dirty” Summer Nature Camp”, June 26, 27, 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Searching for some summer fun for your 5 – 8 year olds? The camp is offered by the Crawford Conservation District and hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers. Children will learn basic garden skills through hands-on activities and discover Woodcock as they enjoy hikes, games, stories and crafts at several locations, including both The Woodcock Creek Nature Center and the Bossard Nature Center. T-shirt, water bottle, snack and beverage will be provided. This camp requires a $25 registration fee, due at registration. There is a limit of 25 attendees. Please call 814-763-5269 to obtain a registration form or for more information.
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.
Farmers Market begins Wednesday, June 19, 3-6 pm.
Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will be open for business! Featuring farm vendors from Erie, Crawford and Warren Counties selling produce, plants, herbs, artisan cheese, artisan salsa, baked goods, preserves, eggs, honey, maple products, chicken, art and more! Market is held every WEDNESDAY until Sept. 26.