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Paulding SWCD Spotlight on Conservation Newsletter

 

Would you like to know the latest happenings at your Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District? Check out the latest issue of our newsletter "Spotlight on Conservation"! If you would like to be added to our email list, call the office at 419-399-4771 or email paulding@pauldingswcd.org!

 

 
 
  
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 

WEEKLY NEWS ARTICLES 


 

Celebrating Ohio Wildlife: American Bullfrog

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org 

 

“Jeremiah was a bullfrog, he was a good friend of mine,”. How many of us want to sing along to that song right now? How many have it stuck in their head now? As you may have guessed, we are once again looking at some of the amazing wildlife that find a home right here in Ohio. Read on to learn about the American Bullfrog!

 

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Celebrating Ohio Wildlife: American Badger

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org 

 

            It’s time once again to make a trek to the great outdoors and learn about some great Ohio wildlife. Have you been following our journey about the animals that call Ohio home? We have covered a vast array of native Ohio animals such as the big brown bat, river otter, smoky shrew, prairie vole, hummingbirds, and turkeys, just to name a few recent features, but we are certainly not done! For this week, our feature animal is the American badger. Let’s learn about their habitat, identifying characteristics, behaviors, and so much more!

 

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Celebrating Ohio Wildlife: Vole

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist  

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

 The time has come for another trek into the wonderful world of the wildlife of Ohio. So far, we have learned about a vast array of wildlife that call Ohio home but there are many more for us to learn about. In the last installment, we went to the birds and covered the ruby-throated hummingbird. For this column, we will come back to ground level for our feature animal, which is the prairie vole. Where does this animal live? What do they eat? Who are their predators? Let us answer all of those questions and more as we learn about the prairie vole.

 

  

 

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Erosion: Losing a Valuable Resource

 

 By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

   

 In a matter of minutes, one rainstorm can undo thousands of years of hard work of building a fertile soil surface and carry it away. What are we talking about? Soil erosion of course! Soil is a precious natural resource that we rely upon every single day to grow the products we use such as our food, fiber, and fuels. This natural resource provides the water and nutrients that are needed to have a productive crop but is a resource that can be lost very easily through the process or erosion. Through this article, we will cover what soil erosion is, how it is caused, types of erosion, and very importantly, how we all can work to prevent soil erosion. 

  

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Watershed Wonders 

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

    

This term may or may not be familiar to many of you reading this article. Let us get one thing covered: a watershed is not a shed that has water in it, but is a term that has a very important meaning when we delve into the realm of water movement through the environment and also water quality. It is important to know that water quality is certainly everyone’s business as we all play a role in how good or bad that our water quality is based on our daily activities. Through this week’s article, we will explore what the term watershed means, how water moves through our environment, basics about factors influencing water quality, why we need healthy watersheds, and what we can all do to ensure a healthy water source.

  

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Ohio Wildlife: Hummingbirds 

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Hummingbirds are truly something to admire not only for their beauty but also for the services they provide to their environment especially when we think about the work they do as pollinators. How much do you know about hummingbirds? Where do they live? How did they get their name? Just how fast do their wings move? What all do they eat? These are just a few of the many questions that I will answer as we learn about one of nature’s amazing creatures, the hummingbird. This article will focus on one hummingbird that calls Ohio home, the ruby-throated hummingbird.

    

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 Basics of Composting

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

  

The first question that many of you likely have is what in the world does the word vermicomposting even mean? In the programs that our office offers on this topic, many students and adults alike turn their heads when they see this word appear. Vermicomposting is a unique concept that is gaining popularity as people are looking to ways they can be better stewards of the environment and our natural resources. In this article, we will look at what vermicomposting means, how it works, how you can get started, and the benefits of composting.

 

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Vernal Pools

 By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Surely many read the title to this article and may have instantly been left wondering if this was truly an article about nature. Fear not, this is an article about a unique natural feature that dots the landscape of Ohio. Vernal pools are found in many forested areas of Ohio and find themselves home to a wide variety of both plants and animals. Through this article, we will answer several questions by explaining what vernal pools are, the functions they serve, the plants and animals of vernal pools, where they are located, and how to maintain them. Let’s look at a little-known feature of our natural landscape.

  

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Mourning Dove

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Have you been following along with our Ohio Wildlife Series? Check out the latest installment as we take a look at the Moruning Dove!

 

 

 

 

 

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 Ohio Wildlife: The Muskrat

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

The time has come for another installment of our Ohio Wildlife Series. This week we will feature an animal that some might be familiar with while others may not be, the muskrat. Many of you may have seen this animal before but may have confused with a beaver, which is a close guess, as they are both members of the rodent family. Where do these animals live? What do they eat? What do they look like and how do I tell them apart from the beaver? Read on in this article to find out more about another animal that calls Ohio home. 

 

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Basics of Pond Care 

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

So you may have had a pond for some time, recently purchased property with a pond, or are thinking about digging a pond. For those of you who may be getting into pond care, you will likely first wonder where you should even start. Whom can I go to in order to find information on caring for my pond? How do I control weeds and algal blooms around my pond? What tips are out there to keep my pond healthy? These are questions that loom in the minds of many pond owners, so let us look at how we can have healthy, vibrant ponds that aid to the aesthetics of our properties and that are good for recreational opportunities such as swimming or fishing.

 

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Getting Value from Soil Testing

  

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

  

With the recent news that the Ohio EPA designated the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) as impaired due to high nutrient levels found in the area, the time seems right to talk about one very important best management practice (BMP), soil testing. While many producers and landowners already employ such practice, do we know how to get the most value from a soil test that will help manage soil nutrients? Soil testing is an excellent practice to employ as it helps to gauge the nutrient levels of the field and fine tune practices with nutrient management. 

 

 

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Ohio Wildlife: Groundhogs

 

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

 Throughout our Ohio Wildlife series, we have looked at some of the animals that call Ohio home. These animals come in a variety of sizes, colors, and behaviors that make them all unique in some way. This installment looks at another animal found well throughout Ohio in all 88 counties, the woodchuck, otherwise known as the groundhog. How much do you know about this animal such as its habitat, behavior, or how many there are? Read on to find out more!

 

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Relaxing with Nature

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

 It is a common fact of life in our modern society that we are always on the go. Meetings, children in sports, family responsibilities, or work responsibilities seem to dominate our lives and give us plenty of stress. Technology is everywhere as just about everyone has a smartphone, tablet, computer, or some other electronic device that seems to grab our attention more than anything. Is there something that can be done to unplug and destress from this on the go lifestyle? Does it cost anything? The solution to unplugging and reducing your stress is quite simple actually: Get Outdoors!

 

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