Meadville Tribune

Outdoors

January 29, 2014

Here are outdoors news and activities notes for the week beginning Jan. 29

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HARRISBURG — The Crawford County Conservation District holds a number of environmental education programs in and February at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center, 21742 German Road.

February events include:

- “Turtles in Winter” on Feb. 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Peter Lindeman of the Biology Department at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania talks about what turtles can do to prepare for winter weather.

- “Ice Fishing” on Feb. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. Those interested must register for this program through the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission by calling Chad Foster at (814) 683-5126 or registering online at pfbc.state.pa.us. Meet at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center for a short program prior to fishing on Woodcock Lake. No fishing license is required, and all equipment is provided.

- “Let’s Count Some Birds” on Feb. 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants will count some birds at the Nature Center with Judy Acker, Audubon French Creek Outreach coordinator. She will also show everyone how to participate in the “Great Backyard Bird Count.” This annual project includes bird and nature fans from all over North America. More information: Visit birdcount.org.

- “Tie Some Flies!” on Feb. 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants. The Gem City Fly Tiers demonstrate the basics and getting everyone started making their own. All ages are welcome.

- “Beginning Snowshoeing” on Feb. 24 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 15 participants. Let the center know when registering whether snowshoes are needed. The Allegheny College Outing Club leads this activity.

All Woodcock Creek Nature Center events require pre-registration. The programs are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

The Nature Center is open year-round Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

- More information or to register: Call Kathy Uglow at 763-5269 or visit crawfordconservation.com.

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