Eagle deaths may be linked to poison

Thirteen bald eagles recently were found dead along Maryland’s Eastern Shore by a man who was hunting shed deer antlers. He reported the find to state officials and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Officials performed...

Why is it called a ‘sally port’?

Q: Why is part of the Findlay police station called “sally port?” — B.J., Findlay. A: A sally port, or postern, is a private door or a back door. It can be wider for a vehicle, or for many people at a time. —...

Morel mushroom hunting is a tasty pastime

This spring’s hunting trip takes work and perfect timing. While not necessarily a sport for the early bird, it does pay to get to that hidden hunting area first. Camo isn’t required, except to hide from those competing to...

Wheat starting to turn green earlier than in recent years

Wheat is beginning to turn green, three weeks earlier than the past two years but closer to normal. Farmers often call this time the green-up stage in wheat. Green-up is a descriptive, relative term and not a definable growth stage. My...

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....
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