Outdoors news and notes from Central Ohio.
For me and the other anglers I know, fishing involves a short drive, a short walk and a short cast. It's easy, and we take it for granted.
For millions of Americans suffering from physical and mental disabilities, it isn't so easy. To them, the outdoor world is often off-limits.
That won't be the case Saturday, June 6, on Hoover Reservoir. The nonprofit group Fishing Has No Boundaries will treat disabled anglers to a full day of fishing from boats and shore. The event, a partnership with the Buckeye Boat Club, kicks off at 8 a.m.
"We're a full-inclusion organization, meaning we work with all types of disabilities," said Tanya Fernandez-Mote, president of the group's Central Ohio chapter. "The event's about watching an individual's face light up for a day. We try to give them the ultimate fishing experience."
Official registration ended last week, though a handful of spots may still be available. Anglers must bring an assistant and register in advance. Fishing Has No Boundaries also welcomes donations and volunteers who can serve food, bait hooks or greet participants.
A grand opening
The Grange Insurance Audubon Center, currently under construction on the Whittier Peninsula, will open Aug. 28, a spokesperson said last week.
Birders and Downtown day hikers have been anxiously awaiting the completion of the facility, the first of its kind to be located in a major urban area. The educational hub will include classrooms, demonstration gardens, birding areas, a library and numerous wildlife exhibits.
Construction on the center began in May 2008.
Want to canoe beautiful Big Darby Creek but don't have the equipment? The staff at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park have you covered during "Catch the Current," a four-hour paddle down this National Scenic River at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23.
Canoes and other gear will be provided. Paddlers must be 14 or older, riders eight or older. Meet at the Canoe Access Parking Lot and enjoy your newly renewed tax dollars at work.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources wants to hear from Ohio anglers about a variety of topics, including where they fish, methods used and species targeted. The 19-question form also asks about recent regulations and any effects the economy is having on fishing habits.
ODNR biologists use surveys in combination with other data to improve fishing on reservoirs, lakes, rivers and Lake Erie. The online questionnaire runs through Sept. 30.
Outdoor Tip of the Month
As forests fill out with foliage, they also fill up with bugs. That means the more than 580 species of spiders in Ohio will be on the prowl, spinning silks to capture a nice meal. They're often strung across your favorite backpacking haunt. Never be the first one on the trail in the morning - or you'll be walking into web after web. Thanks to Jonathan Barth, co-owner of Clintonville Outfitters, for this tip.
Refer: For more Nature Notes and outdoors adventures, click to the Venture blog at ColumbusAlive.com.