The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 8, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Lampreys the target of program

(Continued)

Non-target stuff

Mortality of non-target organisms can occur when lampricide is not properly mixed downstream of an AP or there is an unexpected downward shift in stream pH and less chemical is required to kill sea lampreys.

A request of the State of Ohio is that non-target organisms that have died during stream treatments are collected when it is practical. While this is typically conducted on all streams that are treated, the level of effort depends on the number of staff available.

The additional volunteer effort will allow for greater coverage of the stream and a more comprehensive understanding of how the treatments affect non-target organisms. Each stream will be divided into sections that groups will be assigned to walk or canoe/kayak.

Help needed!

Volunteers are needed to help collect aquatic organisms killed by the treatment. Buckets, nets and data collection forms will be provided. Volunteers need to bring waders (chest waders preferred) or hip boots, polarized glasses, warm cloths and lunch/dinner and must be able/prepared to walk in the river for several hours and miles.

If you’re interested in volunteering or would like additional information, please contact Karen Adair at kadair@tnc.org (preferred) or cell (330) 687-2134.

Kids and marshes

Children can explore the wonders of a swamp, identify its inhabitants and learn about GPS mapping at Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Kids in the Marsh event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Ashcroft Woods Preserve in Ashtabula County. Ashcroft Woods is located on Johnson Road, west of Route 45, near Orwell.

You must register to attend. To do so, contact Kim Bihler at kbihler@wrlandconservancy.org or (440) 528-4162.  Details will be sent to you just before the event.

This is a new event in the Land Conservancy’s Kids In! series.  Kids in the Marsh will allow children to learn about the unique habitat of a swamp, with several stations to highlight a variety of marsh qualities.  Children will learn how to identify beaver dams, frogs and amphibians, discover vernal pools and get an overview of GPS mapping using wood duck boxes. A portable toilet will be on site, and there are additional bathroom facilities nearby.

Attendees should dress for the weather and wear rubber boots, preferably those that are knee high.  Also bring a water bottle.

To get to Ashcroft Woods, take I-90 to the state Route 45 exit in Austinburg. Head south (turn right) onto Route 45. Continue on Route 45 for approximately 14 miles. You will take a right onto Johnson Road, which is the second street past U.S. Route 6. Head west on Johnson Road for approximately one mile. The driveway to Ashcroft Wood is on the north side of Johnson Road.

You can also take state Route 322 east to Route 45.  Head north on Route 45 and left on Johnson Road.

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