The Birds of Spring

May 14th, 2013

What a lovely day I had yesterday! After a cold windy mothers day, I ran errands yesterday morning and then returned home and started gardening. I discovered all of my favorite spring birds! A Baltimore Oriole was calling in the tree behind my house and then I saw the Orchard Oriole in a tree next […]

Eat Your Weeds at TWC!

May 2nd, 2013

On Saturday, May 18th, The Wilderness Center (TWC) will hold a wild edibles class entitled, “Eat Your Weeds.”  Join TWC staff, Joann Ballbach and Barb Vitcosky to learn which weeds are edible, how to safely and ethically harvest them and how to prepare them in tasty and nutritious ways.  The class will include a short […]

Dandelion Gravy

April 26th, 2013

Dandelion Gravy Foraging for dandelion greens and preparing dandelion gravy this week provided me with a much more gratifying experience than my previous attempt at pine needle cake.  First of all dandelion greens are more widely recognized as “food stuff” and easier to cook than many wild edibles and second, picking dandelion greens hardly seemed […]

Pine Needle Cake

April 13th, 2013

Pine Needle Cake I received a wonderful book this past Christmas on edible, wild plants.  I immediately started reading and of course developed an enthusiasm for foraging in the dead of winter.  Foraging I MUST, so forage I did.  My first hunt (back in January) was for eastern white pine needles. I was familiar with […]

Northern Shoveler

March 27th, 2013

What a pleasant surprise for me to see four Northern Shovelers on my day off at a pond near my home in Canal Fulton. It is rare to see them here in Ohio unless they are migrating and they are one of my favorite ducks! Habitat Northern Shovelers inhabit shallow, marshy ponds and wetlands at […]


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