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This spring’s bird count came with a few surprises

The Hancock County Naturalists and 24 volunteers held the annual spring bird count on May 9. Volunteer Bob Sams said it was an unusual count because, although 137 species were observed, just seven below last year’s record count,...

Bird flu could affect Ohio poultry but won’t infect people

Avian influenza virus has been infecting backyard poultry and commercial flocks in 20 states west of Ohio. The disease is highly contagious. Infected migratory waterfowl appear to be the primary source. The virus is not a health or...

When will I-75 project be finished?

Q: When will work be done widening Interstate 75 north of Findlay? — Don Baker, Findlay. A: It is really four projects, all scheduled to be complete by October 2017. — Theresa Pollick, Ohio Department of Transportation. Q:...

Tips for how to catch ’em and how to cook ’em

Panfish are edible freshwater and saltwater fish that are small enough to cook in a small pan. In the Midwest, this includes bluegills and all their sunfish cousins, crappie, white bass and yellow perch. Here are some tips to help you...

Insects out to bug farmers

Insects are one of many challenges farmers face each year. Agronomists and entomologists spend most of their time discussing management options to control them. Here are some little-known facts about field crop insects: • Slugs are not...

Jail was county’s 1st public building

Q: What was the first public building in Hancock County? A: It was the county jail, approved by the commissioners on July 26, 1830, and built in “downtown” Findlay. The one-story cabin was 16- by 24-feet and of white oak....

Conservation program improves wildlife habitat

Farmers and landowners in Lake Erie watershed counties can provide quality wildlife habitat and improve their property by participating in the Lake Erie Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. It helps them voluntarily protect...

3 tick species common in Ohio

Sunshine and warmer temperatures bring out ticks! The OSU Extension office has been getting calls about ticks and has had specimens brought in for identification since warmer temperatures arrived several weeks ago. Some people have...
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