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.

ENDANGERED OSPREY NUMBERS TAKE FLIGHT IN INDIANA

 

Department of Natural Resources biologists recently placed 16 brightly painted young osprey chicks into rearing boxes at 4 locations in northern and southern Indiana.

On the afternoon of June 22, the first of two releases of osprey chicks took place at DNR's Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area near Medaryville, Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife Area near Sullivan, Tri-Country Fish and Wildlife Area near Warsaw and Patoka Reservoir in Crawford...

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Swimming pools provide countless hours of summertime recreation and family fun. However, pools are a tremendous responsibility and require strict safety practices. According to the National Safety Council, more than 1,000 children drown and 4,000 are hospitalized due to near-drowning every year. The majority of these incidents occur in residential swimming pools.

Tragically, over 60 percent of all children who drown are under age four. In addition, nearly 70 percent of children under age five...

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A nice day for fishing

Kids were having lots of fun fishing at the Southwest Conservation Club on Memorial Day. Waynedale Daze's 2nd Annual Catch and Release event included kids, ages 12 and under.

A cane pole, line, bobber and sinker were handed to the kids from The Waynedale News. After putting their poles together, worms and beemoths, donated by The Bait & Hook Store, were distributed by members of the Club. The Southwest Conservation Club provided the rest—-4 beautiful ponds to fish in...

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This young man made his own fishing pole from a limb found on the ground during the Waynedale Daze Memorial Day Free Fishing Event held at Southwest Conservation Club on Memorial Day.

IT'S REEL FUN! FREE FISHING WEEKEND JUNE 11 & 12 

 

Kids are long on excitement and short on patience, so to keep their attention, if you want to take kids fishing, it's important to get fish on the line fast and often. Fishing can be a highly technical hobby. The choices in rods, reels, bait, lures and lines can be mind-boggling. When you're fishing with kids, though it's important to keep it simple and keep it light. The less time you spend fighting equipment, the more time kids will...

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Department of Natural Resources biologist John Castrale and DNR pilot Dennis Rumley spent four days in a helicopter this spring counting Hoosier eagle Nests. While swooping around the state's reservoirs and dodging down Indiana river channels during March and April, the flying surveyors counted a record 60 active Hoosier eagle nests.

Castrale and Rumley counted 50 Indiana nests with eggs last year. Eagle nests were found in 32 counties. More than a third of Indiana counties now have eagle...

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Surprise!

Contrary to popular belief, healthy, functioning wetlands can actually reduce mosquito populations.

But Everybody Says . . .

Mosquito control programs commonly recommend that wet-lands be drained in order to control mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes require standing water to breed, and if there is no standing water, there will be no mosquitoes. Quite true. However, mosquitoes have a very short life cycle (from 4 days to a month), and their eggs can remain dormant for more than...

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