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GEAUGA PARK DISTRICTFor more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.Are You A Chickadee Magnet?Winter is a great time of year to…

For more information, contact the park district at 440-286-9516 or visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org.
Are You A Chickadee Magnet?
Winter is a great time of year to observe birds, and what better place to observe them than the comfortable, serene setting of the wildlife feeding station at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.
Geauga Park District’s new Bird in the Hand Project allows guests to feed the wild birds by hand.
Come by any time during daylight hours and follow the Trout Lily Trail, then hang a right at the fork after the boardwalk across the wetlands. The feeding station is marked by a feeder and a human-like figure that keeps the birds familiar with a human presence.
Just take down the feeder, hide it between one’s feet or under a coat, extend one’s hand with some seed in one’s palm, and then wait. Odds are good there will be a taker if one is patient, enjoying the peace and quiet a handful of minutes or so, maybe less.
A video of how it is done is posted on the front page of the district website.
Clues About How They Move
Something’s Afoot: On the Move Adventure takes place Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road in Russell Township.
Explorers ages 2 to 102 can drop in any time during program hours to search the nature center for clues about how plants and animals move. Answer correctly at least seven times and be rewarded with a nature activity book, an animal guide or another fun thing.
Most clues will be indoors, but there will also be an option to head outdoors to explore and find more. Registration is not required.
Maple Sugaring Workshop
Maple production can be as simple as a few buckets in the backyard or several hundred taps in the woodlot on one’s farm.
Maple 101 Workshop is Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Swine Creek Reservation, Lodge, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield/Parkman townships.
Attend this program to learn everything from tree identification and sugar bush management to producing the finished product, including tapping, collecting methods, canning and packaging.
The group will meet in the lodge and move to the sugar house and sugar bush as the morning proceeds. Expect discussion in maple tree identification; tapping, collecting and storing sap at the hobby level; finishing sap on a hobby rig; and the basic economics of starting a new sugaring operation or expanding an existing operation.
Registration is required by Feb. 19 through the office of the co-presenter, the Geauga County OSU Extension, at 440-834-4656.

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