Happy Summer 2013! Hopefully, it means an end to the cool and wet spring. Today, Friday, is the first official day of summer and the longest “sunshine” day of the year.The upcoming week looks a lot warmer… now if the sun will continue to shine. The native wildflowers really came out strong in the last several days just in time to enjoy for the weekend.
With the summer solstice today, the weekend will also feature a spectacular Full Moon. Conditions should be clear for everyone to enjoy. (It’s also National Skateboarding Day).
It has been a little cool at night to have a large population of fireflies blinking, but the first few started to appear this week. There is always something spiritual or magical about the fireflies at night; next to the yellow finches during the day time, they both are some of the Best Of Summer.
The local region has an outstanding variety of different birds both on land and on water. The Timberdoodles have been watching and counting the different varieties. If your interested in learning more about the native birds to our region or volunteering in many different projects to help the birds, visit the Meadville Audubon Society, 301 Chestnut St., or call Sarah Sargent at 814-333-1170 , or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Timberdoodles is the name of the local Audubon bird watchers team. For more information, Timberdoodle.
The Crawford County Pomona Grange announced this year’s awards winners for the Hall of Fame and the Ag Industry Award. The awards will be present at the Crawford County Fair on August 18. For more information and details, Hall of Fame.
On the Wild Side
As mentioned above the first fireflies are beginning to emerge in this region. The firefly was designated Pennsylvania’s state insect in 1988. For some more information about this amazing insects and the threats they are facing, Firefly.
This weekend at the Black Caddis Ranch Bed and Breakfast in Kelletteville, near Tionesta on Route 666, the first Firefly Festival will be held. . The event begins today and runs through Saturday evening (watching the fireflies, naturally). It sounds like a lot of fun.
For more information on the Firefly Festival, Lightning Bug.
As the fireflies emerge, the deer herd looks plentiful this year and the bucks are now getting their horns. They are really beautiful animals during this time of year. Be careful, it seems the deer are all over many of the roads lately, as are the turkey. It has been a common sight for the last week or so. In many ponds and waterways, the native water lilies also began to bloom just in the for the Solstice.
Personal Editorial (gripe): Crow season opens on July 1 in Pennsylvania on the weekend only and there is no limit to the number of birds which can be killed.
How can shooting an ancient bird and one of the most intelligent bird species on the plant be necessary or exciting? If someone is that hungry they need the crows for food, please contact this blog and we’ll help make other eating arrangements. Besides, ammo now is really expensive.
There is no crow hunting on my property. The birds watch us all day and we talk to them “Howdy” every day. And you know, I think they are starting to say howdy right back at us.
There is a wacky season on another bird, the Woodcock, also commonly known as the Timberdoodle. More on this dumb waste of time and energy and native wildlife later.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
• “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.
Once again, farmers from Erie and Crawford Counties will be featured at Goodell Gardens Farmers Market, which opens June 19, 2013. The Market will be held Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m., through Sept. 25.
The lake community is gearing up for the always popular July 4 Holiday. There are a lot of fun activities scheduled beginning with the Community Fun Day on June 30. Also scheduled to happen are the popular Kids Bike Parade and the Boat Parade and of course, the Fireworks Display on July 6. More information here next week or visit www.canadohtalake.org