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.

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Recently I wrote an article which I titled, Birds and Climate Change. In that article I listed summer birds I’ve seen this winter. By summer birds I mean birds that normally migrate, birds that leave northern Indiana and go south for the winter. I wrote that I’ve seen more summer birds in northern Indiana this winter than ever before, robins and red-winged blackbirds, a grackle and a cowbird, a song sparrow and a white-crowned sparrow.

This is the time of year to see snow buntings and Lapland...

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Valentine’s Day comes every year on the same day, February 14th but it does not always fall on the same day of the week which could be good or bad, depending on your circumstances. If you are in the restaurant business Fridays and Saturdays are bad because they are already busy on those two days so any other day would be better. Sunday, as it is this year, proves to be an interesting day as they still get busy Fridays and Saturdays but gain one more day of business.

Even restaurants that are...

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Animal Care & Control is offering free straw to any Fort Wayne City resident in need of animal bedding during these cold days of winter. Pet owners are urged to continually monitor the needs of pets whenever the animals are outdoors. The straw is being offered through private donation to be used for bedding and to keep the ground surrounding a doghouse mud free.

Visit Animal Care & Control located at 3020 Hillegas Road during general business hours Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and...

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For most people plants are difficult to grow and keep alive and healthy. This is especially tough inside the house during the winter months. But there are a few plants, both blooming and non-blooming that can be rather simple. Most tropical foliage, African violets, cactus and succulents are easy as they have simple but different needs. For example, cactus and succulents need almost no water through the winter months so as long as you begin with healthy/quality plants and provide some bright...

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I recently saw a TV commercial promoting healthful “Chia Pets” for growing indoors and I had to find out what that was all about. After looking Chia Seeds up online I have discovered that the original “Cha-Cha-Cha” Chia Seeds are not only edible but a great source of fiber and omega-3 and should be used as an additive in foods such as vitamin shakes, on yogurt, with cereals or in cooking with meatloaf, sauces and added to just about anything that you can imagine.

Please note that Chia seeds...

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Today is my birthday and believe it or not, the last time it was this warm was the year I was born, December 1952. While this weather is great for hanging up outdoor Christmas decorations it is not good for any of those live wreaths or live roping as they tend to dry up fast, especially if the wind is blowing. You could try to hydrate those greens by misting with a hose and a spray gun but like me, all those things are put away for the winter season. I guess you’ll just have to get the garden...

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