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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.

LARGE CATFISH TO BE STOCKED IN INDIANA’S URBAN PONDS

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Fishing opportunities in eight Indiana cities got a boost recently as part of an ongoing effort by the Department of Natural Resources to promote angling in urban areas.

On that day, the DNR stocked 11 ponds in Evansville, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Avon, New Albany, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Carmel with a combined 1,000 channel catfish. Each catfish stocked averaged more than 14 inches and weigh around 1.25 pounds.

This is the second round of catfish stockings through the new Go FishIn in...

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GARDEN REVIVAL

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Spring floods, summer droughts and temperature extremes take their toll on gardens and the gardeners who tend them. Help your gardens recover from the crazy temperature and moisture extremes that seem to occur each year.

Start by assessing the current condition of your landscape. Remove dead plants as soon as possible. They can harbor insect and disease organisms that can infest your healthy plantings. Consider replacing struggling plants with healthy plants better suited to the space, growing...

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HOW TO DEAL WITH NUISANCE WILD ANIMALS

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Nuisance wild animals are a common problem in the spring, and Hoosiers have several options for dealing with them.

People can always call a licensed wild animal control company. For the name of a licensed company, visit dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/2351.htm

Hoosier landowners or tenants also can trap and release or kill raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, beavers, muskrats, minks, long-tailed weasels, and foxes on their own property without a permit if these animals are damaging that...

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THE SUMMER SEASON MEANS ARRIVAL OF WARM WEATHER AND TICKS

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Warm weather is finally arriving in Indiana, but as Hoosiers start taking advantage of the arrival of spring, so are ticks. State health officials are cautioning people to protect themselves from ticks as they spend more time outside.

Ticks are small, insect-like creatures often found in naturally vegetated areas or woodlands throughout Indiana. Ticks can transmit illnesses, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Last year, Indiana confirmed 63 cases of Lyme disease, two cases...

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HIBISCUS & MANDEVILLEA

Details Broadview Florist Doug Hackbarth

Every year hibiscus and mandevillea plants are ordered in from Florida and as always, it's a guessing game as to how many of each will be needed to supply the public. Well it seems that this year everyone wants the mandevillea as there is now a shortage of them. Everyone seems to be "sold out" of them but be patient, I am sure most garden centers will re-stock soon.

I think that we all are familiar with the hibiscus plant, both bush and tree. This is a tropical, warm temperature loving plant...

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I&M ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN NAMING FALCON CHICKS

Details For almost two decades, peregrine falcons have made their homes in a nest high atop the 26-story AEP Building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. You can watch nesting families of this raptor species via webcam, thanks to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Soarin’ Hawk Avian Rescue, and Indiana Michigan Power.

Moxie and Jamie, the adult Peregrine Falcons nesting atop the One Summit Square building, are the proud parents of three baby chicks that recently hatched.  Moxie, the two-year-old mother, and Jamie, the three-year-old father, are awaiting the hatching of a fourth egg.
Falcon followers can check for a peak of the new baby birds at I&M's FalconCam online at http://www.aep.com/go/falconcam/, where an image of the falcon's nest is updated every 15 seconds.

I&M is asking classrooms grades 5...

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