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Friends Of Side Cut Offers Brick Pavers For Sale
The Friends of Side Cut Metropark organization suggests a great gift for Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day – a legacy paver with wording of your choice to be a permanent installation at the park.
A 6-by-8-inch paver with three lines of 12 characters each is $100.
A 12-by-12-inch paver has five lines of 17 characters each for $250.00.
For more information, call Alaina Meister, director of Friends of Side Cut, at (419) 897-8663.

Bittersweet Announces Monthly Nature Hikes
Bittersweet has partnered with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area to offer a nature hike to the community once a month at Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse.
The nature hike will be led by a Metroparks interpreter who will discuss the different habitats found within the forests at Bittersweet. Bittersweet’s hiking trails cover 35 acres that back up to Oak Openings Preserve.
Hikes will take place on the following Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – May 1, June 5, August 7, September 11, October 2 and November 6.
Interested participants may register at the Metroparks Toledo website:

Beginning Birding Tours Offered In May
The Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) is accepting signups for guided beginner bird tours during the International Migratory Bird Day weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The OOS, in cooperation with the ODNR Division of Wildlife, will conduct guided bird walks on Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. These outings are targeted at novice or new birding enthusiasts and help people who are new to birding get better acquainted with the beauty of birds.
The walks on May 13 will be held at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the walks on May 14 will be held at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Walks are limited to 15 participants each and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
To sign up, applicants should send an e-mail to All e-mails should contain the applicant’s name, phone number, date and requested timeslot. A return e-mail will confirm the meeting place, date and time. Please meet at the OOS tent at your scheduled time to begin the walk.

Lucas Soil & Water Conservation District Offers Fish
The Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District is offering new and established pond owners the opportunity to stock ponds conveniently and at a low cost. An aerator tank truck from Fender’s Fish Hatchery in Baltic, Ohio, will distribute preordered fish fingerlings on Tuesday, May 23 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the LSWCD office in Maumee.
Bring a container lined with a clean trash bag half-filled with pond water. The container should be filled as close to pickup time as possible to prevent drastic temperature changes in the water, which can cause shock to fish during transportation. A 5-gallon bucket is adequate for 50 fish or 1,000 minnows. Fish are guaranteed to be delivered in good condition; however, survival after stocking is not guaranteed.
Deadline for ordering is Friday, May 19. For an order form or more information, visit or call (419) 893-1966.

ODNR Offers Forestry Wildlife Conservation Camp
Students who are interested in learning more about the outdoors in a hands-on environment while spending a week outside are invited to attend the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp. The camp will be held on June 11-16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The camp is open to all students who have completed the eighth grade through high school seniors graduating the year of camp, which is held at FFA Camp Muskingum on beautiful Leesville Lake in Carroll County.
Programs at this year’s weeklong resident camp include tree identification, ecology, forest industries, wildlife management, forest management, wildlife law enforcement, wildlife identification and watershed health. New this year will be the opportunity for the students to observe and learn from a recent timber harvest at the camp.
Campers spend the week making new friends, participating in fun camp activities and learning about the environment around them. Camp culminates with a comprehensive exam, including a tree identification section. The highest scoring students compete for college scholarships to Hocking College, The Ohio State University and Ohio University.
Camp costs $375, with sponsorships available to assist interested students who need help covering the fee. Sponsorships are offered through local SWCD offices, sportsmen’s clubs, forestry groups and many private forestry-sector businesses. Students must register by Friday, June 9, to participate.
For more information and to register for the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, contact the Ohio Forestry Association at (888) 38-TREES, or visit the OFA website at

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