2017 Wildlife Stamps Now Available

Staff Reports

Pictured is the winning image of a green heron, which was selected to appear on the 2017 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Matthew Schmalz of New Albany was the winning photographer.

Pictured is the winning image of a green heron, which was selected to appear on the 2017 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Matthew Schmalz of New Albany was the winning photographer.

The winning wetlands stamp of ducks.

Stratford’s April Programs

Register at www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org or call 740-363-2548.

Crochet 101

April 8, 10 a.m.-noon

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

This class is not only how to start crocheting but to also use that skill to make your first washcloth. No experience needed to learn the basics in the 2 hour course. From foundation chain stitch to single crochet stitch and more. You will learn to make an array of items with just these basic techniques. What to bring: Crochet hook size 5mm (also known as H/8) & Yarn size 4 (medium worsted). $15/person, for ages 12 & up.

Story Time on the Farm

April 11, 10–11 a.m.

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the seasonal happenings around the farm. Families are invited to pack a picnic to enjoy after the story hour. No registration required. $5/family.

Herbal Study Group

April 11, 1–3 p.m.

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Topic of April – Cooking with Herbs in your Garden. This participant–led group has members well versed in the knowledge and use of herbs. The group maintains Stratford’s herb garden during the meeting, gaining valuable hands-on experience. Members share in the harvest from the garden. Whether a new herbalist or a pro, all are made welcome. No registration required. $10 for the year.

Photography Club

April 20, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Calling all photography enthusiasts to become members of our photography club. Monthly meetings will provide an opportunity to share photos and knowledge, learn techniques from local experts, and photograph landscapes, animals, gardens and more. All skill levels welcome! Bring your camera, even if it’s your phone, and wander the fields and forest of Stratford to capture the abundant beauty of the seasons. Email photography@stratfordecologicalcenter.org for questions. $20 for the year.

Beginning Tunisian Crochet

April 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Tunisian Crochet has the look of knit, but the ease of crochet; only one hook and you never have to turn your work! Also known as Afghan stitch, this craft has been in use for generations. In this two- hour class you will learn the three basic stitches, how to do color changes, increase and decrease and how to choose the appropriate hook for your yarn. With these basics mastered, you will be on your way to working hundreds of stitch combinations and creating everything from dishcloths to scarves, hats, mitts and sweaters. Loaner hooks are provided; please being about 25 yards of a medium weight yarn. Previous knitting or crocheting helpful, but not necessary; please know how to “chain stitch”. $20/person.

Edible Plant ID Walk & Lunch

April 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Join Veteran members of Stratford’s Herbal Study Group for a spring walk in our gardens and woods to identify and learn how to incorporate culinary wild plants in your own meals. Then stay for lunch and sample dishes made from edibles obtainable this time of year. Handouts and recipes will be available to reinforce your learning experience. $20/person.

Book Talks

April 28, 6:30–8 p.m.

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Topic of April – Invasives. Explore literary works in a lively discussion on topics ranging from agriculture, nature writers and homesteading. If you would like to learn more about available books related to a particular subject, librarian Liz Barker will help you discover a treasure of great reading. 4th Friday of each month. No registration needed. $10 for the year.

Grow Native

April 29, 10 a.m.-noon

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Naturalist Bob Harter will explain the proper seed germination and cultivation techniques of native plants. Also share the importance of native plants to our environment, including where and how they grow. Each participant will receive a 6 pack cell, soil and seeds to plant with Bob’s guidance, plus a small packet of seeds to take home. Information sheets will be available. $20/person.

Small Farmers

May 2, 9:30-11 a.m.

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Bring your little one out to discover Stratford as they become a farmer for a day. You and your child will interact with the animals as you help with morning chores. For children ages 2-5 and their adult companion. Also offered July 13 and October 17. $10/child.

Sheep Shearing Day

May 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

At Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015

Bring the whole family to Stratford’s first sheep shearing day. Stratford will provide visitors with a wooly experience when the resident sheep and llamas receive their annual shearing. The flock will be shorn throughout the day, and our shearers will interpret the process from start to finish. Your family can visit stations to learn how wool is processed. Participate in hands-on fiber projects, visit the barn and walk the farm. Eat at the Sock Hop Soda Shop, a fifties-style diner, enjoy listening to the juke box and trying your skill at hula hooping. No registration needed. $5 per family. Email info@stratfordecologicalcenter.org or call 740-363-2548 for questions.

Five Fun Ways to Celebrate National Park Week

WASHINGTON – Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23. Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at www.nationalparkweek.org.

“Our National Parks are our national treasure,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “My formative years were spent in Glacier National Park and one of my biggest mentors was a park ranger and football coach. The lessons you learn from the land and the park rangers cannot be learned anywhere else on earth. As we head into the next 100 years of the Park Service, I’m looking at ways to improve infrastructure and visitor experience while conserving the precious lands for generations to come.”

“There are 417 national parks and each one has a story to tell,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael F. Reynolds. “There are endless options during National Park Week to discover someplace or something out of the ordinary. Whether one seeks relaxation, exhilaration, or inspiration, there is something for everyone in a national park.”

Following are just five of the fun ways you can celebrate National Park Week.

Try Something New

Introductory programs during National Park Week might just get you hooked on a new interest. Brush up on astronomy at a Night Sky Party in Saguaro National Park, go birding at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, take a photo workshop at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, make pottery at Ocmulgee National Monument, dance to Cajun music at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, or try your hand at surf fishing at Gateway National Recreation Area.

Save Some Money

There will be free entrance to all national parks during the weekends of National Park Week. The 118 National Park Service sites that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on April 15, 16, 22, and 23. There are also free or reduced rate annual passes available for active duty military families, fourth grade students, senior citizens, volunteers, and people with permanent disabilities.

Become a Junior Ranger

National Park Week starts with National Junior Ranger Day on April 15. Throughout the country, kids of all ages can take part in family friendly events and earn a park-specific Junior Ranger badge. Children can see a bald eagle up close at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, participate in crafts at Lowell National Historical Park, go on an archeology dig at Chiricahua National Monument, or test their global positioning system (GPS) skills in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Fill a Park Prescription

The second annual Park Prescription Day will be filled with activities that showcase the physical, mental, and psychological health benefits of time in nature. Supported by increasing scientific evidence, many medical doctors now write prescriptions for the outdoors as an antidote for ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. On April 23, dozens of parks, including Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Shenandoah National Park, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Prince William Forest Park, Hot Springs National Park, and park partners will host activities that include hikes, health screenings, yoga, and volleyball.

Go Wild on Earth Day

Spend some time outside on Earth Day, April 22. Attend a wildlife festival on the Natchez Trace Parkway, go for a walk on the wild side at Cabrillo National Monument, learn to canoe on the Niobrara National Scenic River, make an appearance at a drama festival at Chamizal National Memorial, listen to a concert at Buffalo National River, weave a pine needle basket at Fort Matanzas National Monument, or meet a Civil War soldier at Stones River National Battlefield.

Visit www.nps.gov to plan your park visit. The site contains trip planning information and a calendar of events. Use #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque and #NPS101 on social media during National Park Week to join in the fun!


More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.


The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

Painting of Ring-necked Ducks Selected for State Wetlands Habitat Stamp

The artwork of wildlife artist Daniel Allard won first place in the 2017 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Allard’s painting of ring-necked ducks will appear on the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp issued in the fall of 2018.

The winning entry was selected from a field of 14 original paintings submitted by artists from nine states, including three from Ohio. The competition was held Saturday, Feb. 18, at the annual Ohio Ducks Unlimited annual banquet in Clinton County.

For more information, or the complete announcement, please visit the link: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/stay-informed/news-announcements/post/painting-of-ring-necked-ducks-selected-for-state-wetlands-habitat-stamp

Conservation stamp proceeds go toward wildlife diversity

COLUMBUS — The photo of a green heron, submitted by wildlife enthusiast Matthew Schmalz of New Albany, was the winner in the annual Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest. The first place photo appears on the 2017 Wildlife Legacy Stamp, which is now on sale, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“I was thrilled to see my work published,” said Schmalz, who took the winning photo in Big Walnut Creek, where he was enjoying the view when the heron landed 30 feet from him. This is the first year Schmalz has entered pictures in the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo contest.

The first runner-up photo of a black-crowned night heron was taken and submitted by Dean Davis of Troy. Graytown resident Sharon Cummings was selected as the second runner-up with her picture of a great blue heron.

The contest was open to Ohio residents, with 21 individuals submitting 58 native Ohio heron photos.

The idea for the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp began as a grassroots effort to inform the public about the need to fund wildlife conservation. Offering the stamp to the public has continued with the positive support of individuals and conservation groups throughout the state.

Fourteen dollars of every $15 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp sold are invested in the state’s Wildlife Diversity Fund. This fund supports habitat restoration, wildlife and habitat research projects, creation of wildlife educational materials, as well as efforts that restore and conserve endangered and threatened species. No state tax dollars are contributed to this fund. For people who purchase the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, they can show their stamp at eight Ohio State Park lodges to earn a 25 percent discount on lodge rooms for weekday stays. The stamp holder must be present to receive this discount.

The contest was judged at the Fountain Inn in Lakeside during the annual Wildlife Diversity Partners Conference in September 2016. The judges of the photo contest were representatives from statewide conservation organizations, metro parks, science and education centers, as well as wildlife biologists, naturalists and outdoor writers. The photos were judged on originality, technical excellence, composition and overall impact.

The subject for next year’s event, the ninth Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp Photo Contest, is a native Ohio snake. Here in Ohio, snakes can be found in a variety of sizes, patterns and colors, making snakes a deserving choice to be showcased on the 2018 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. People can learn more about Ohio native snake species by visiting wildohio.gov. Entries will be accepted Aug. 1-18, and the winner will receive $500. The selection of the winning photo will be made in September. The contest is open to all Ohioans age 18 and older. Visit wildohio.gov for complete contest rules. Entries must be submitted in a horizontal format only.

Normal Boating Operations and

Towed Water Sports Return to

Buckeye Lake State Park

COLUMBUS, OH – On March 1, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) put “stop-logs” in place at the primary spillway, allowing Buckeye Lake to fill to the interim summer pool level, which is one foot below normal summer pool. Stop-logs are historically installed on March 1 to allow the water to rise for the recreational season on the lake.

After receiving information regarding the restricted speed zone that had been in place since construction on the dam began, the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft conducted additional analysis and determined that once the water level reaches the designated interim pool level, normal boating operations, including towed water sports, could resume at Buckeye Lake without a restricted area.

ODNR encourages people to practice safe boating and use caution when operating a vessel in the lake. The decision to remove the limited speed zone area is based on maintaining the interim summer pool water levels and could be re-evaluated if water levels decrease due to lack of precipitation. The embankment stability berm remains a construction site, and operating a vessel near the berm is prohibited.

As in previous years, a no-wake zone will remain in place around Cranberry Bog in an effort to minimize wave impact and preserve the natural treasure.

ODNR will continue to proactively monitor and maintain water levels at the interim summer pool level during recreational seasons until the dam replacement project is completed. The dam is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

16th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend announced

Mansfield – Travelers can experience the bird and bat habitats, learn about fly-fishing and more in the great outdoors at the 16th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend, April 28-30. The celebration of wildlife habitat, heritage and natural history takes place at nine different sites in Ashland, Richland and Crawford Counties. Mohican Wildlife Weekend features workshops and demonstrations that interest beginners and experienced naturalists alike. This fun and educational weekend is ideal for the entire family, offering programming for kids of all ages, as well as adults.

The 2017 Mohican Wildlife Weekend theme, Ohio’s Pollinators, is especially timely and is supported by various local environmental educational groups seeking to raise awareness about the importance of bees – especially honeybees — to the health and vibrancy of our food system. The unsung heroes behind most of the world’s produce supply, bees and other pollinators, such as bats and birds, are integral to growing and sustaining at least one third of global crop production. Beyond Mohican Wildlife Weekend, efforts to increase awareness include placing informative signage in area grocery store produce sections highlighting the importance of pollinators to food production. More information will be available at the workshops during the event.

Offerings include birding boat tours, photographing birds, nature crafts, wagon tours, bat and owl demonstrations, fly fishing demonstrations and much more. Registration is not required; however, some programs have limited space and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets must be purchased for the birding boat tours.

Visitors are invited to attend the Welcome Reception, Friday, April 28, 6-7 p.m. at Mohican Outdoor School. The featured speaker will be Denise Ellsworth, Program Director, Honeybee and Native Pollinator Education, Ohio State Department of Entomology. Ellsworth will discuss gardening for pollinators.

Program sites include: Gorman Nature Center, Malabar Farm State Park, Mohican State Park & Lodge, Wolf Creek Grist Mill, Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mohican Outdoor School, Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Charles Mill Lake Park and Lowe-Volk Nature Center. Participating organizations include: Environmental Education Council of Ohio; Mohican Trails Club; Mohican Fly Fishermen.

Additional information is available at mohicanwildlifeweekend.com. *For event updates and alerts, text MOHICANWILD to 888777 (Standard messaging rates apply).

Lodging and visitor information is available via:

VisitAshlandOhio.com or 877-581-2345

DiscoverMohican.com or 877-266-4422

DestinationManfield.com or 800-642-8282

ODNR Announces Seasonal APV Areas to Open April 1

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the spring weather at one of the state’s designated All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) areas, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The APV areas are located on four state forest properties—Maumee in northwest Ohio, Pike in south-central, Richland Furnace in the southeastern part of the state and Perry in east-central.

Pike, Richland Furnace and Perry state forests will open their APV areas on Saturday, April 1, for APV trail use, and they will close in the fall following the last day of regular deer-gun season. Riders should know that the Pike State Forest APV Area opens April 1-2, then will be closed through April 9 to allow for the Thunder in the Hills Turkey Hunt for disabled hunters, before reopening the morning of Monday, April 10.

The APV area at Maumee State Forest is open year-round, and snowmobile use is allowed when conditions permit. The APV areas are maintained by the ODNR Division of Forestry.

Funds from each APV registration are deposited into the State Recreational Vehicle Fund and are used by the ODNR Division of Forestry for projects that directly support the state’s APV areas. Recent and upcoming improvements include:

The ODNR Division of Forestry has completed 3.5 miles of new trail, developed an obstacle course and a rider skills development area as well as improved the parking lot at the Pike State Forest APV Area. New trails are currently planned for the recently acquired 144-acres adjacent to the Pike State Forest APV Area.

Perry State Forest’s APV trail improvement continues on a recently acquired 140-acre property, purchased in 2015. In addition to this work, six new picnic tables on concrete pads were added.

A new shelter house has been completed at the Maumee State Forest APV area, and a new ¾-mile single-track trail was developed.

Trail users must have a valid APV registration obtained through the BMV. Riders must wear the required safety gear, which includes helmets, gloves and eye protection. A recent rule change now allows APVs, including utility vehicles (UTVs), up to 62″ in width as long as valid title and registration have been acquired through the BMV. People should know there is a requirement for an out-of-state registration for visitors from states without similar registration laws. Additionally, there are new requirements for a spark arrestor and a muffler to be compliant with industry-standard sound limitations.

The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit forestry.ohiodnr.gov.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

“Made in CBUS Trail” guides Columbus visitors to favorite locally made products

Known for taking great pride in its impressive list of locally crafted products, businesses, restaurants and attractions, Columbus visitors now have a carefully curated trail that helps them delve into in the creative collaborations found all around Ohio’s capital city. Each stop along the new Made in CBUS Trail offers unforgettable experiences and the gorgeous quality work of Columbus makers that can’t be found in other cities. Complete details on the Trail are found at MadeinCBUStrail.com.

The trail features 20 businesses, including top-rated distilleries, freshly cold-pressed juice shops, locally designed fashions and accessories and artfully created home goods. Travers can pick up a Made in CBUS Trail passport at any participating stop or at one of three Experience Columbus Visitors Centers, located in the Arena District, Easton Town Center and the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). After purchasing an item at any four of the twenty stops, trail goers can redeem the passport for a free Made in CBUS t-shirt at the Experience Columbus Visitors Centers in the Arena District or the GCCC.

Participating stops include:

Alchemy Juice – An innovative health food space featuring fresh, cold-pressed juice, superfood smoothies, coffee drinks, acai bowls, sandwiches, salads, toast and snacks

Brothers Drake Meadery – Columbus’ hyper-local meadery, offering tours that show the basics of sustainable mead making using local honey and local ingredients and selling only within a 50-mile radius of the city

Camelot Cellars – An urban, boutique winery handcrafting wines using premium juices sourced from vineyards worldwide and offering tours, tastings, retail and the chance for visitors to make, bottle, cork, cap and custom label their own wine to take home

The Candle Lab – Handcrafted candles and the unique opportunity for travelers to create their very own custom candle blending any of some 150 scents, offering everything from bergamot, bourbon or baked bread to smoke, leather or lilac.

Celebrate Local – A small business incubator and retail store that showcases the best of Columbus-made artisanal goods

Glean – A boutique stocking stylish, eco-friendly luxuries for daily living, such as soaps and bath bombs, that are all handmade and local

Glenn Avenue Soap Company – Handcrafting soaps on-site with natural ingredients and pure essential oils, visitors can tour the workshop, see how real soap is made and sample and purchase products

Helen Winnemore’s – Founded in 1938, it is the nation’s oldest American craft gallery, featuring functional and wearable art from American artisans, including Columbus makers of greeting cards, leather goods and kaleidoscopes

Homage – Clothing and accessories with designs inspired by personalities and eclectic moments in sports, music, politics and popular culture

Igloo Letterpress – A vintage letterpress printer, bookbindery and gift shop with a wide variety of handcrafted items for sale and hands-on classes where visitors can make everything from a custom-crafted journal or greeting cards to art prints and coasters

Middle West Spirits – An award-winning local craft distillery offering visitors a bottle shop, tasting room and tour programs

Native Cold Pressed – 100% organic, raw, cold-pressed juice, smoothies, superfood bowls and other delicious nutrient-dense provisions

Red Giraffe Designs – A jewelry studio and boutique offering handmade and vintage jewelry and other carefully selected accessories

Robert Mason – A curation of creative tools, including fine writing instruments, hand-crafted leather portfolios, bags and sophisticated men’s accessories to inspire a productive and graceful life

The Smithery – A working jewelry studio and artist-made shop featuring the work of resident artists Anne Holman and Jen Townsend and others from around the world, as well as the chance for visitors to make their own creations to take home

State of Devotion – Featuring Columbus and Ohio-inspired t-shirts, jewelry, bags, glassware, home décor and more

Stump Plants– An indoor plant retail shop specializing in curated plants (cacti, succulents, air plants and other tropical houseplants) and a variety of wares from classic terra-cotta to custom in-house artist-made planters

Watershed Distillery – Nationally recognized craft distillery where visitors can learn how to make spirits and stay for a cocktail

Wholly Craft! – A fun, quirky shop in Clintonville with handmade gifts made by more than 400 CBUS crafters and artists

zer0z – Super-skinny, ultra-cool wallets, invented and made in Columbus and shipped around the world

Experience Columbus is the destination marketing organization for the Columbus region, dedicated to Columbus is a city unlike any other. Vibrant and alive, Ohio’s capital is known for its open attitude, smart style and entrepreneurial spirit. Columbus’ uncommon blend of neighborhoods, arts and culinary experiences, events, attractions and accommodations are made unforgettable by its diversity of outgoing locals who warmly welcome visitors. In 2016, Columbus was ranked “Highest in Visitor Satisfaction in the Midwest” by J.D. Power in the 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction StudySM. Free travel guides, maps, online booking and detailed information are available at www.ExperienceColumbus.com or 866.397.2657 (866.EXP.COLS). Visitor information is also available on Facebook: facebook.com/ExperienceColumbus and facebook.com/ColumbusFoodScene, Twitter: @ExpCols and Instagram.

Columbus, OH received the highest numerical score among 8 cities in the Midwest in the J.D. Power 2016 Destination Experience Satisfaction Study, based on 26,124 total responses, measuring the experiences and perceptions of travelers who visited a top 50 U.S. destination, surveyed February-July 2016. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

Pictured is the winning image of a green heron, which was selected to appear on the 2017 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Matthew Schmalz of New Albany was the winning photographer.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/04/web1_2017-Ohio-Wildlife-Legacy-Stamp.jpgPictured is the winning image of a green heron, which was selected to appear on the 2017 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Matthew Schmalz of New Albany was the winning photographer.

The winning wetlands stamp of ducks.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2017/04/web1_thumbnail_032917-Wetlands-Stamp-image.jpgThe winning wetlands stamp of ducks.

Staff Reports

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.