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 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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I am sure that there is someone reading this that still has onions growing outside in their garden. Well, it’s time to harvest.

Onions do like to be cold when they go into storage but any temperatures below freezing (32 degrees) is just too cold so dig them up now and prepare them for storage. Usually it is best to dig them up and then lay the onions on the garden soil as long as it doesn’t rain or frost. If you are too late for outdoor curing then take them inside to a garage or a summer...

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The leaves have fallen from the maple and oak trees in our yard and from the walnut tree out by the barn. Acorns and walnuts have fallen and are scattered among the fallen leaves. When I look out my study window I look across a road, then a field where the grass is yellow, then at a woods, the trees as leafless as the maples and oaks in our yard.

Robins are gone from the trees of our yard and from the yard. No longer do they hop across the grass searching for worms. They’ve migrated as they do...

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Little River Wetlands Project, a local nature organization protecting almost 1,200 acres of natural and restored wetlands in Allen and Huntington Counties, offers interesting and informative nature events this September through November. All are free and open to the community.
Sponsored by Little River Wetlands Project. Free. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 260-478-2515 for...

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Heavy rains in autumn when leaves are falling can result in street flooding if leaves block storm sewer inlets. City Utilities is asking residents to help reduce the likelihood of street flooding by cleaning leaves off street drains.

Residents are reminded that when raking leaves for the City’s annual fall leaf collection, leaves should be piled in the park strip between the curb and sidewalk. Where no park strip exists, leaves should be piled on the lawn in back of the curb – never in the...

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