|Friday, May 16, 2014 9:17 PM|
Ohio Division of Wildlife
Wildlife watchers asked to report wild turkey, ruffed grouse sightings
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is asking the public to participate in the surveying of wild turkeys and ruffed grouse by reporting sightings of these two iconic Ohio game birds.
Every year, the ODNR Division of Wildlife conducts a turkey and grouse brood survey to estimate population growth. The brood survey relies on the public to report observations of all wild turkeys and ruffed grouse seen May-August. Wildlife watchers and hunters can report observations at the Turkey Brood Survey page at wildohio.gov.
Information submitted to the brood survey helps to predict future wild turkey populations and also guide hunting regulations. More than 3,000 turkeys were reported during the 2013 survey, with an average of 2.54 young turkeys (poults) per adult hen turkey. This average was slightly higher than the long-term average of 2.5 poults per adult hen. Turkey populations are usually higher the next year when more poults are seen per hen.
State and county information is available from past wild turkey or ruffed grouse observations online. Biologists began tracking summer observations of wild turkeys in 1962. Ruffed grouse were added to the survey in 1999.
Ohio’s spring wild turkey season is enjoyed by thousands of hunters annually. The 2014 spring hunting season continues through Sunday. The 2014 fall wild turkey hunting season is Oct. 13 through Nov. 30. Ohio’s ruffed grouse hunting season is Oct. 11 through Jan. 31, 2015. Find more information about wild turkeys and ruffed grouse at wildohio.gov.
Falcon chicks to be banded in downtown Columbus
Leg bands will help to identify the falcons in the future
Wildlife biologists from the ODNR DOW will equip the peregrine falcon chicks at the Rhodes State Office Tower with metal identification bands at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The event will be aired live on the FalconCam Website for the world to watch.
At the banding, it will be determined if the chicks are male or female. Identification bands, similar to a bracelet, will be placed on the birds for research purposes. Numbers on the bands are specific to that bird and are useful to identify it in the future once it migrates out of the Columbus area later this summer. School children who submitted the winning entries in a contest to name the young birds are expected to be present to witness the banding.
The Rhodes State Office Tower is located at 30 East Broad St. in downtown Columbus. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to be escorted from the lobby to the banding site on the 41st floor. There will be opportunity to photograph and video the banding as well as biologists available for interviews.
Visit the FalconCam at www.ohiodnr.gov/wildlife/falcons
Beginning Fly-Fishing & Fly-Tying Workshop still taking registrations
XENIA — Anglers interested in learning the art of fly tying and fishing are invited to attend a free workshop sponsored the DOW. In addition to fly-tying and fly-casting instruction by staff, attendees will be able to test their new tackle and fishing skills by spending a few hours fly-fishing on site.
Instructors will offer the workshop at the Wildlife District Five Headquarters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6. All fishing equipment and tying supplies will be provided. Lunch is on your own from 12:30-1 p.m.; participants can bring a lunch or purchase it at a variety of local restaurants. Be prepared to go outside regardless of weather conditions. Participants should bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, water, etc.
All anglers age 16 and older are required to have a valid 2014-15 Ohio fishing license. Funds generated from the sale of fishing licenses go towards conserving and restoring habitat, enforcement of fishing regulations, hatchery operations, fish stocking in public fishing areas and enhancement of research and educational outreach.
The Wildlife District Five Headquarters is located at 1076 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia, OH 45385. For more information on Ohio’s fishery resources, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit www.wildohio.com.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.