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.

With this weekend shaping up to be one of the hottest of the year, Indiana Michigan Power, an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), reminds customers of ways to save energy while beating the heat.

*Fans. Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air and help reduce the amount of air conditioning you use. Use your kitchen exhaust fan while cooking.

*Air Conditioners. Be sure to regularly install new air filters; dirty filters cause your equipment to work harder and use...

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Too much or not enough water and never when you need it seems to be a common lament of gardeners. Reduce the impact of these weather challenges while conserving water, saving money on water and sewer bills, and growing beautiful gardens with the help of rain barrels. These century old devices are making a comeback as droughts, watering restrictions and storm water runoff are on the rise.

Contact your local municipality before getting started. Some communities have regulations and guidelines...

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A pair of barn owls in Indiana whose nest is visible through a webcam has laid a second round of eggs after the first round failed.

This second clutch of eggs has produced five owlets.
You can watch the owl family at wildlife.IN.gov/8183.htm.
The nest cam is run by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Earlier this year, the nesting pair hatched three owlets; however, none survived. The pair mated again and laid eggs in May. At least two eggs have hatched...

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BIRD NEST

One hundred years ago, in 1916, representatives of the United States and Great Britain signed the Migratory Bird Treaty.

Great Britain signed for Canada. The Migratory Bird Treaty was an agreement to save the birds of North America.
From the time settlers from Europe had begun coming to America, the resources of this new land, including the birds, had been considered inexhaustible.

Why wouldn’t they think this? Consider the passenger pigeon, the supreme example. The passenger pigeon was once...

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The month of July is a pivotal month for pruning flowering perennials from the past and for the future. Early to mid-season blooming perennials such as peonies, coreopsis, early daisies (there are so many varieties of daisies we will simply refer to them as early or late blooming varieties), daylilies, bellflower and balloon flower.

Another flowering perennial that I thought was disappearing from everyone’s gardens but needs to be pruned right now is the Yucca Plant. It seemed that the Yucca...

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Indiana’s state parks are happy to welcome a new group of visitors who are as interested in spotting a fictional Pikachu or Venomoth as they are in seeing a raccoon or scarlet tanager.

These visitors are players of the widely popular Pokemon Go mobile game. The game has resulted in increased traffic to state parks, which are a natural fit for the location-based augmented reality game.

Most of the game’s action takes place outdoors while walking. Players use a smartphone camera to identify...

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