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Understanding Agricultural BMP's

 

  By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist 

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

  

As a Soil & Water Conservation District, we want to provide those we serve with the tools and information they need to be good stewards of our precious natural resources. Many of you may be aware that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the Western Lake Erie Basin as an impaired waterway. According to the Ohio Sea Grant, this helps to clear the way for additional action to combat pollution that causes harmful algal blooms (HABs) to occur on Lake Erie. There are many best management practices (BMPs) that can be implemented which help to combat problems associated with runoff and soil loss. What are these practices? Where can you find information on them? 

 

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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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Understanding Paulding County Soils

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

How much do you know about the soils that make up Paulding County?

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The Wonders of Wetlands

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

How much do you know about wetlands? 

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Coexisting with Wildlife

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Humans and wildlife are sharing the same resources. How do you make sure that there are no conflicts with wildlife? 

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Ohio Wildlife: The Mink

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Ohio is home to some amazing wildlife. How much do you know about the mink? 

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Exploring Ohio's Geology

 

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

 

Rocks are formed by many different ways. Paulding Elementary 3rd graders went on a journey through the rock cycle and put their identification skills to the test to identify some rocks. 

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Attracting Birds All Year Long

  

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

  

We all enjoy sitting outdoors in the morning or evening and listen to the birds singing their harmonious and pleasant songs. The sounds of cardinals, blue jays, and robins are simply music to the ears in the opinion of many a bird lover. What are the tricks to attracting these voices of nature to your backyard and bring them back time after time? Let’s look at some ways that we can attract birds to our yards while also helping them at the same time. 

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What is a Soil & Water Conservation District?

 By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

  

 

How much do you know about the Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) or SWCD’s in general? Do you know the services we offer or our mission? After reading the articles that we publish, it only makes sense to give a little background on who we are and what we do to serve the residents of Paulding County. 

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Wildlife Feature: Coyote & Skunk

  

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

   

In two articles on Ohio Wildlife, we have discovered some interesting facts on the deer, fox, wild turkey, and the beaver. Of course, there are plenty more animals which call our great state of Ohio home. In part 3 of our Ohio Wildlife species, we will feature the coyote and the skunk. In this article we will discuss their habitat, diet, behavioral characteristics, as well as, some new interesting facts that may not be well-known.

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Smart Planting Tips for Pollinators!

  

By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

   

While spring may be the farthest thing from your mind right now, that does not mean we cannot think warm thoughts of green grass, bountiful flowers, birds chirping, and pollinators buzzing around of course! Many of us enjoy these sights and sounds, but they would not be possible without those pollinators moving from place to place. As a homeowner, there are several things that you can do to support these creatures in both your landscaping and gardens.

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Fun with Fossils

 By: Patrick Troyer, Education Specialist

 Email: patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org

   

 

What types of plants or animals live long ago but are no longer in existence? How do we know they existed? For those answers, we look to the fossil record which provides a wealth of information on what once existed on the Earth. More than likely you have heard of the term fossil, but do you know what they are or how they form? Payne Elementary 4th graders had these questions and more answered when they enjoyed a program on fossils and had the opportunity to identify some..

 

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