‘Shroomers’ are on the prowl for the elusive morel

You’ll find them skulking bogs, checking behind logs, walking their dogs and talking to turkeys. They’re “shroomers” and they’re looking. Their victims are disguised by leaves and May-apples, using natural...

Farm planting decisions crucial

Grain farmers hope the weather over the next five months will allow yields large enough to make a profit. They know the decisions made at planting time will often determine whether a crop can survive periods of bad weather. Here are...

Why are fire hydrants set back?

Q: Why are the fire hydrants so far off Hancock County 236 by the Lakeview subdivision near Findlay? Is the road going to be widened? — W. Beal, Findlay. A: The water lines and utility poles were set back years ago when the road...

Love talking turkey? 11 signs you may be obsessed

Spring brings the unmistakable sound of gobbling wild turkeys as Ohio’s annual hunt begins. The hunting season opened Monday and the state Division of Wildlife estimates that 70,000 licensed hunters, not counting exempt...

Farmers watch wheat growth stages

Warmer temperatures have turned dull, brown wheat fields into lush fields of green. Farmers will closely observe the crop’s developmental stages. Farmers use growth-stage scales developed by agronomists from land-grant...

Who was our area’s best hunter?

Q: What’s the story of Samuel Edwards of Mount Blanchard? A: In the 1800s, Edwards “was known far and wide as the most expert hunter in northwestern Ohio.” Born in Pennsylvania, he moved from Pickaway County to north...

Enjoy wild baby animals with your eyes only

Each spring, wildlife officers, park officials and veterinarians receive calls from well-meaning folks who’ve “rescued” a wild animal. While living in the wild can be perilous, many concerns are misplaced and removing...

When daffodils bloom, it’s spring

Many of us feel spring really started last weekend with the pleasant temperatures and sunshine. To me, spring has not begun until I see daffodils blooming. Flat, linear green shoots began to emerge from buried bulbs three to four weeks...
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