Osprey returning to northwest Ohio

Osprey working on a nest in 2013 at ONWR. Photo from ONWR. There are high hopes at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR) near Oak Harbor. This week a pair of osprey have been working on a nest at a platform in the Blausey Unit of the Refuge. If successful, it…
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Bird observatory, B-C-S, partner for environment

Schools have released balloons during elementary science classes and many people release them in remembrance of a loved one. But what happens to those balloons once the helium runs out? Students Against Balloon Releases, a partnership between Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, is hoping to educate students about…
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Author to bring plight of passenger pigeon to life

Joel Greenberg has always been interested in animals. “That has been the dominant theme in my life,” said Greenberg, 59, an environmental consultant. “Everything in my college life as an undergrad was based on where I could see birds. I (also) majored in political science because I was interested in…
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Ottawa County Beach Clean-Up

To celebrate Earth Day and help remove litter from our area beaches, the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Magee Marsh, East Harbor State Park, and Catawba Island State Park, are hosting a county-wide beach clean-up. All beach clean-ups…
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Farmers hear why and how they can help heal Lake Erie

Jeff Reutter, Director of Ohio Sea Grant, reports on the health of Lake Erie. On the same day that the Ohio House of Representatives Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee gave unanimous approval to SB150, the Nutrient Management Bill requiring farmers to have state certification to apply synthetic or chemical fertilizers…
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Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safe boating classes

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-12 will be conducting “About Boating Safely” classes at US Coast Guard Station Marblehead, 606 Prairie Street, Marblehead, on Saturday, April 19; Sunday May 18; and Saturday, June 14. The price of the one-day program is $30 per adult or $35 per couple. It…
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