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.

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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Robins

My sister found it in a used bookstore in Augusta, Georgia, bought it and gave it to me. It’s obviously very old. Its cover is dull and splotchy, the title, Field Book of Wild Birds, is faded and hard to read. It’s the size, the height and width, of Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds, though it’s thicker. It’s a book that a birder could take in the field, carrying it in a pocket, a large pocket. I assumed Field Book of Wild Birds was a book about bird identification.

Opening it I...

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Usher in 2016 with other outdoor lovers at one of the many First Day Hikes, and one First Day Horse Ride, offered January 1 at Indiana’s state parks.

First Day Hikes are a healthy way to start 2016 and a chance to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and connect with friends.

DNR’s Division of State Parks is hosting 32 First Day events throughout the state, including a trail run/walk at Monroe Lake, and a First Day Horse Ride at Tippecanoe River State Park.

Information on First Day events in...

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When did red-winged blackbirds become feeder birds? There were seven of them, all males, scoffing up seeds at my bird feeder this morning. There were more red-wings than any other bird. This didn’t just start this year. Red-winged blackbirds, mostly males, have crowded my feeder from early spring into summer for several years. But that wasn’t always the case. A few years ago, I don’t know how many years because I didn’t make note of it, but a few years ago red-wings didn’t come to my feeder...

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Deweys male northern cardinal

The Southwest Allen County Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016. It will cover a 15-mile diameter circle, like all Christmas Bird Counts. This circle will include Eagle Marsh, Fox Island County Park, the two Arrowhead Properties belonging to Little River Wetlands, Foster Park and three small ACRES preserves. The circle will be divided up into 6 to 8 territories to be covered by parties of two or three, each with an experienced birder.

Beginners are welcome, and if you...

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