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May – the Super Month

Winter didn’t let go without a fight the last week of April. But now, the weather has warmed nicely. Checking the blueberries and apples, they seem to have escaped the late frosts in my neighborhood. Nor did the cold and snow bother the trillium which are now blooming in the woods.

The woods are turning more colorful as the wildflowers, like these white trillium begin to bloom.

It’s hard to imagine April flew by so quickly and now we are already into May. Be sure to watch the Full Moon this Saturday, May 6; it will be the closest the moon is to Earth during 2012 (the moon will be some 221,802 miles away). The average distance between the Moon and Earth is listed s 230,000 miles. Because the Moon’s orbit will bring it closer to Earth the Moon will be brighter and appear larger than usual. It is called a “Super Moon”.

Turkey season is in full swing until the end of the month. The last two weeks of the season hunters can hunt until sunset; during the opening weeks hunting is allowed only until noon.

Sunday May 13th is also Mother’s Day, don’t forget. It is a Super Sunday for all moms. May 28 marks Memorial Day, another super holiday in honor of our Veterans, their dedication and service to the nation.

 

Regional Fishing Report by Darl Black

If you enjoy fishing, read some of the latest fishing reports from regional waterways , here. The site also has a page dedicated to some trophy catches. This will be a good and valuable blog report as the Fish for Free Day approaches on May 28. During the day, while obey all other regulations, people can fish without a license. The Fish for Free Days are popular with many individuals and families, so see what’s biting and where.

 

Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center

 

Note: These sessions are free and open to all but registration is required by calling the Center at 814- 763-5269.

 

Audubon at Home Healthy Yard Program: Tuesday May 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Judy Acker, Audubon French Creek Outreach Coordinator, will help you learn what you can do to create an outdoor space that’s healthy for wildlife, for birds, for your family and for the environment.

 

Spiders Tuesday May 15, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. YIKES! Find out all about spiders from Matt Foradi, Department of Biology and Health Services, Edinboro University. (Note: This should be a fun session!)

 

Be Safe Outdoors…Intro to Youth Safety, Wednesday, May 23, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Stainbrook Park #1. Join Tracy Crawford and Brian Pilarcik of the Conservation District to become more informed about ATV safety, fire safety and more. You will also learn about handling animals properly and operating farm equipment safely.

Canadohta Lake

 

Remember the Book Swap held every Sunday at the Canadohta Laundromat from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is a great chance to get some inexpensive summer reading material. There are books for all ages. Simply bring a book to trade and take a new book home.

Super Fun Outdoors in May and All Free

May is a super month for outdoor fun like trying to see who can catch the biggest frog in the net.

There are many events and activities during the month of May for residents to get out and enjoy the arrival of spring. The flower show in our regional woodlands are now just beginning and it’s all free of charge. May signals it’s time to think about that backyard veggie garden and hundreds will be turning over the dirt in preparation for Memorial Day plantings.

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One Response to May – the Super Month

  1. Mary Haines says:

    Yes the woods are beautiful with everything leafing out and the wildflowers showing. Thanks for sharing. Venango Valley Golf Course is blooming and the birds are singing. My buddy golfer reported two eagles enjoying a fish dinner on the fairway recently. A treat I would like to see.

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