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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Richland County’s Important Bird Areas

2 Sep , 2019  

Across the planet, Important Bird Areas (“IBAs”) signify places which have been designated as critical for bird conservation.

In each, an internationally accepted set of guidelines has been used in conjunction with a recognized birding program. In this country, that effort is run through the National Audubon Society.

The Ohio Important Bird Areas Program was launched in 1999, and by 2000 work was underway to identify the first such areas. The technical committee established reviewed some 160 nominations to verify that one of the four primary criteria set is present. A total of 66 have been recognized. More…

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OSUM Event To Showcase Local Pollinator Habitat

29 Aug , 2019  

We recently shared a post here on 1812Blockhouse looking at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s plans to create pollinator habitats along Ohio roadways (that post can be read here).

At The Ohio State University at Mansfield, that activity is already underway. On Tuesday, September 10, those efforts will be showcased in an Ecolab event – “Bee the Power for Our Food.” More…

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Pollinator Habitats To Help Rescue Monarch Butterflies

24 Aug , 2019  

Monarch butterflies are in trouble. The monarch population in the eastern U.S. has declined up to 90 percent in the last 20 years. In response, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are helping monarchs by adding ideal habitats across the state.

This initiative has already reached District 3 of the Ohio Department of Transportation in Ashland, and Richland County should see a pollinator habitat installed before 2022. More…

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Richland County Now Covered By Disaster Designation

7 Aug , 2019  

On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that 10 more counties have been added to the list of Ohio counties covered by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretarial disaster designations. Those additional areas included Richland County.

The new designations bring the total to 54 Ohio counties where farmers can seek potential relief from the USDA following Secretarial disaster designations in their counties or contiguous counties due to rain, flooding, or other weather conditions. More…


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What Is The Wildlife In Your Woods?

2 Aug , 2019  

Here’s a good opportunity to answer that very question.

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Envioronmental Sciences is hosting “Wildlife in Your Woods,” a workshop on identifying, attracting, and managing woodland wildlife including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. More…


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What’s Wrong With My Tree?

21 Jul , 2019  

Working with the natural environment can be challenging in many respects.

On August 2, one aspect of that interface – that dealing with diagnosing what might be happening with that sickly looking tree – will be the subject of a workshop at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. “Tree Diagnostics” is being presented by the OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. More…


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Have Fun With Creepy Crawlies And Critters

2 Jun , 2019  

Calling all children aged 5-14 – how would you like to spend week getting to know about the world in your own backyard?

The best way is at Critter Camp at Gorman Nature Center, coming from July 29 to August 2. Spend a week studying how organisms interact in Ohio ecosystems. More…

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Walk The Wildflowered Wetlands

24 Apr , 2019  

Kick-off Mohican Wildlife Weekend this Friday by joining the staff of the Richland County Park District for an amazing opportunity to visit a wildflower spectacle that has been a secret for decades.

The Shelby Wetlands, is a hidden treasure, with a stunning wildflower display that must be seen to be believed. Carpets of Great White Trillium, Virginia Bluebells and Wild Hyacinth festoon the forest floor, sharing the area with over 30 species of ephemeral wildflowers. More…


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Mansfield To Celebrate Tree City Status With Tree Planting

23 Apr , 2019  

On Monday, Mayor Tim Theaker’s office announced that the National Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Mansfield a “Tree City USA” for the 24th consecutive year.

To receive this award, a community and its Shade Tree Commission must demonstrate a commitment to implementing a sound urban forestry policy. More…

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Buckeye Blooms On Their Way: State Flower Blooms Locally

22 Apr , 2019  

NOTE: This story, first posted earlier this month, has been updated with additional information from ODNR.

Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers. This year’s season began in late March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. More…


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Become A Lake Monitor

14 Apr , 2019  

Are you a local outdoors enthusiast and a frequent visitor to area lakes? If so, there is a volunteer opportunity which might be just up your alley.

The Richland Soil & Water Conservation District is holding a Lake Monitor Volunteer Training on Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 AM at Charles Mill Lake. More…

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Fish For Free

13 Apr , 2019  

It is the only weekend all year when those 16 years old or older are not required to obtain a fishing license to fish in the state’s public waters.

“Ohio has world-class fishing, and our free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to experience what the state has to offer,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “I invite Ohioans to take some time to get outside with family and friends to enjoy our wonderful natural resources.”

The Division of Wildlife’s six fish hatcheries stocked more than 44 million sport fish in public waters in 2018, including walleye, saugeye, steelhead, rainbow trout, brown trout, muskellunge, channel catfish, blue catfish and hybrid striped bass, which will provide opportunities for the estimated 1.3 million Ohio anglers. More…


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Celebrate The Outdoors During Mohican Wildlife Weekend

10 Apr , 2019  

Want to experience the habitats of birds and bats, learn about fly-fishing, and hike in the great outdoors? Then you’re bound to enjoy  the 18th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend on April 26-28. This weekend-long event is a celebration of wildlife habitat, heritage, and natural history. Twelve program sites across Richland and Ashland Counties will offer workshops and demonstrations to interest beginners and experienced naturalists alike. It’s sure to be a fun and educational weekend for both families and nature lovers of all ages. More…

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Learn The Basics Of Backpacking

7 Apr , 2019  

Are you considering starting out on the trail to take a trail, but are unsure how to begin planning for that kind of trip?

First time backpackers can be overwhelmed with the amount of conscious, critical, and calculated decisions that come with planning a backpacking trip. Be it a segment of the 1,444 Buckeye Trail that rings the state, a weekend trip on the Appalachian Trail, or even a multi-week trip to conquer Mount Everest, gear selection is the first step in coordinating a successful trip.

Backpacking Basics for Beginners takes place from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, April 27 at the Gorman Nature Center. More…