The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission reminds boaters that Nov. 1 marked the first day of mandatory life jacket wearing on boats less than 16 feet in length. This regulation that first went into effect in 2012 states that a person shall wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from Nov. 1 through April 30 while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.
More information: Visit fishandboat.com.
The Crawford County Conservation District offers several environmental education programs to the public at the Woodcock Creek Nature Center, 21724 German Road, Meadville, throughout November and December.
Programs are free and require pre-registration unless otherwise specified.
Nov. 12 — Clouds, Storytime and Fun children’s event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants.
Nov. 20 — Protecting Your Private Water Supply from Contamination from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 — Trash to Treasure Chest from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 — The Great Mitten Caper from 3 to 4 p.m. Members of the public are urged to bring mittens to swap. Extras will be donated to the local Women’s Services shelter.
Dec. 10 and 17 — Creative Clay Project Two-Day Workshop from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Limited to first 15 registrants. Attendees can make a pinch pot or clay box with $5 materials fee.
In addition to the weekly education programs, the Woodcock Creek Nature Center will feature various displays and hands-on activities. The center is open year-round Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register or more information: Call Kathy Uglow at the Crawford Conservation District at 763-5269 or visit crawfordconservation.com.
ERIE COUNTY — The Walnut Creek Marina basin opens for fishing on Thursday at noon, according to the Pennsylvania Fisha nd Boat Commission.
Every year, anglers anticipate the removal of boat docks so the marina — at a prime spot along the creek — can be used for fishing. Anglers in the marina or Walnut Creek channel are reminded that boats have the right-of-way. All anglers must pull in their lines and yield to incoming or outgoing boats entering or exiting the channel and/or the marina.