Are foxes native to this area?

Q: Are foxes native to northwestern Ohio? — Michael J. LaRocco, Tallahassee, Florida. A: The red fox and the gray fox are natives, and relatives of wolves, coyotes, and dogs. The red fox is the most common fox here, preferring...

Animal songcraft signals spring season’s arrival

The calendar dictates that spring begins tomorrow but nature knows better. It slipped into our lives more than three weeks ago. While the turkey vultures made their hard-to-miss sky-gliding arrival, redwing blackbirds had returned to...

Insects appear as weather warms

Often, we notice insects as soon as daytime temperatures routinely reach 50 degrees. The first insects seen may be more of a nuisance than a problem, such as the multi-colored Asian ladybeetle and flies. But there are others that may...

What sort of man was James Findlay?

Q: We know that Fort Findlay was named for Col. James Findlay during the War of 1812. But how was he seen as a man? A: He was described this way: “Naturally reserved in his manner, he presented to strangers an air of austerity....

Turkey vultures are nature’s garbage collector

We all have our own idea of what signals the coming of spring. Some think Punxsutawney Phil foretells the moment, while fishermen believe that the Maumee and Sandusky rivers walleye runs are better indicators. For a gardener, it might...

Drainage a challenge in NW Ohio

Crops were affected last year by excessive rainfall in early summer. The amount of loss was heavily dependent upon the drainage of each field. Drainage has always been a challenge for northwestern Ohio. The area could not sustain...

We rank low on natural amenities

Q: How do we rank on the “natural amenities index?” A: Not so hot. Our area has “very low natural amenities,” according to a 1999 U.S. Department of Agriculture study dug up by The Washington Post recently. The...

Monarch butterflies topic of wildlife conference

It’s crucial that we know how to keep encounters between humans and wildlife as positive as possible. Looking at the challenges aerial wildlife must overcome is the theme of the 32nd annual Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference. The...
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