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.

When Jack Sutton noticed a dense cloud of tiny black specks along his frontage at Yellow Creek Lake in mid-May, he thought it was the start of another algae bloom on the surface of the 151-acre natural lake in southern Kosciusko County.

But these specks were different. Turns out they weren't even plants.

They were daphnia eggs, what biologists call ephippia.
Daphnia are microscopic animals that are a favorite food of small fish. They feed on algae and are a natural part of the aquatic food...

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ACRES Land Trust will be hosting a rain or shine hiking event to celebrate National Trails Day® on June 7, 2014. The event will be held at Blue Cast Springs, 21412 Bluecast Road in Woodburn from 10 AM to 12 noon. Guided hikes begin at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 or visitors may explore on their own.

Blue Cast Springs protects over 3,000 feet of the Maumee River bank and is the site of a natural spring once thought to have healthful properties. Features of the preserve include vistas of the...

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This year's late winter thaw and cool spring weather have slowed the growth of aquatic plants in northeast Indiana lakes. This should, according to DNR officials, delay and may even reduce the need to use chemical herbicides to control vegetation in lakes where there are such issues.

Each year residents at more than 125 area lakes hire commercial pesticide applicators to spray aquatic weeds where they interfere with boating and swimming. To legally do so, applicators must first obtain a permit...

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Everyone wants to know how to get the colorful green, yellow and red bell peppers. I truly believe that we have all heard the answer but choose to believe that there just might be an easier way. Sorry there is not...patience is how we get the different colors. In other words, bell peppers start out green, then if left alone they will turn yellow but if they are allowed to ripen even more, they then turn red. This is why the red ones cost the most in the grocery stores; it takes them longer to...

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"How about a television ad," Steve said during the manure-and-worm free lunch focus group, "that shows a cartoon of a worm with a happy smile on his face? You know, you can have him munching on manure, and then producing ...."

"Thanks so much, Steve," said Emily, very quickly, "but I don't think Dewey's budget will allow for animation."

"Or," said Anita Campbell, "you could show a delicious baked trout on a platter, and say 'The best baked fish starts with a small worm.'"

Mrs. Doc said, "Do...

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As part of National Safe Boating week, Indiana Conservation Officers are offering Indiana boaters useful tips for an enjoyable and safe summer on the water.

Conservation Officers, who will be patrolling Indiana waterways this summer, are encouraging boaters to become familiar with state boating laws and to follow these safety tips:

Always wear your lifejacket.

Never sit on the gunwale (sides) of a motorboat while in motion.

Do not ride on the bow decking of a motorboat while in...

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