Waynedale Outdoors Guide

Enjoy outdoors activities like gardening, camping, hiking and more? This section is for you! These articles contain the latest local outdoors news and entertainment from around the Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana area.

A robin sang from a branch near the top of a maple tree in our yard, a house wren sang from a lower branch of another maple nearby. A song sparrow sang from an oak. It was early morning. The sun was up, just above the horizon and I stood on the back step of our house, listening to the morning chorus of the birds.

The sounds were singing to me but it was more than that to the birds. The robin singing, the house wren, the song sparrow were males and they were announcing to other males of their...

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Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your garden and landscape.

Start by eliminating standing water in the yard. Buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Drain water that collects in these as well as kids’ toys, tarps and pool covers. Store these items in the garage or turn them over to keep them from becoming a...

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Runners, walkers, and baby strollers are welcome at the 6th annual Pufferbelly 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, August 8. The event takes place at Parkview YMCA off Dupont Road and includes a 5K race, kids’ fun run, games, live music, pony rides, food and more.

Designed to highlight and raise funds for the Pufferbelly Trail, over 2,500 people have participated in the 5K event during the past several years. Last year over 700 runners and walkers took part, and event planners are looking to increase...

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We have all heard of outbreaks of E. coli in spinach crops as well as other vegetables, fruits and meats and poultry. But can this happen to us in our own gardens? Absolutely, this can happen to you in your gardens and in your kitchens. So what are the problems that cause E. coli to be found in your “safe” home-grown fruits and vegetables?

Well several problems that we probably even know about such as washing hands after using the restroom and cleaning cutting boards and utensils. But when it...

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Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization protecting almost 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands in Allen and Huntington Counties, offers interesting and informative nature events this July and August. All are free and open to the community.
Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-478-2515 for more information.

Every Tuesday...

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Photo by George “Dewey” Powell

Sparrows have a bad name. Many people don’t like them. Ask why and people who dislike them say they’re just little brown and gray birds. They’re colorless. They’re noisy too, but they don’t sing. They just chirp. They’re messy. They make nests that are bunches of sticks, grass and, often, pieces of paper and they frequently build their nests in the eaves, in rain gutters and behind shutters, around our houses, our garages, sheds and other buildings.

Sparrows nest in birdhouses too, using...

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