Crawford Park District 2401 SR 598 Crestline, Oh 44827 419-683-9000
Lowe-Volk Nature Center Hours: Mon-Sat: 8:00-4:00 Sun: Closed
The Latest News from the CPD
Part-time Positions at the CPD
The Crawford Park District is seeking to fill two Naturalist Intern positions for this coming summer. Interested applicants can follow this link; or, contact the Lowe-Volk Nature Center @ 419-683-9000.
Tellin’ Tales/Leesville History - If These Walls Could Talk: The Dapper Cabin Saturday, February 13 2pm
In the 1830’s the Dapper family came to Crawford County and built a log cabin for their family on land that was purchased from the government. Eventually, the cabin was donated by Katie Hoover to Colonel Crawford Schools. Local historian and former Superintendent of Colonel Crawford Schools, Ted Bruner, will lead a discussion on the cabin’s history and the rebuilding of it by volunteers.
Lego Contest Results
We are happy to announce the winners of the Lego Animals Contest.
3-5 years- Whitney Baker with a Horse 6-9 years- Landon Hodges with a Squid 10-13 years- Blaine Bishop with a Mallard Duck
Thank you to all of the participants. All entries will stay on display until February 20th.
Home At Last! Don Cover and Rachel Meade found a grey phase Eastern Screech Owl that had struck a window at their home. It appeared to have a broken wing. It was taken to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary on December 2, 2015. The Sanctuary staff reported that the owl’s wing was not broken, but the bird had head trauma. According to Sonn Hupp, the Screech Owl was given metacam to reduce pain and any possible swelling due to the head trauma. The owl was perching and alert by December 5, and was moved into a rehabilitation room on December 9, to determine if he suffered visual impairment. The bird was flying and otherwise steadily improving. On December 28, he was moved outside into a weathering cage to begin his adjustment for the elements and prepare him for eventual release back in his former territory. The owl was released on Friday, January 8, 2016 by Logan Masters, Naturalist at Crawford Park District. The owl instantly flew to a perch on a tree. After he briefly assessed his surroundings, it zoomed into a nearby tree cavity. It is healthy and home at last!
Awards at the Park District
A flurry of awards has been bestowed upon the Crawford Park District and Program Coordinator, Josh Dyer, this past fall. At the Bucyrus Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet, the Crawford Park District received the "Organization of the Year" award, "for your hard work and dedication to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of our area, young and old." Also during the banquet, Josh received the "Young Professionals Spotlight Award" for his "enthusiasm and commitment to our community and its future." Josh was also the recipient of two more awards: one local and one from the state. Signature Healthcare of Galion honored Josh by inducting him into their "Hall of Fame Cafe " for his in-volvement as a leader in the Galion community. As a side note, he was unable to attend this cere-mony due to the birth of his second daughter, McKinley. His mother, Bonita, proudly received the award in his stead. His final fall award was presented during the annual meeting of the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership (OBCP). The OBCP is an organization comprised of Ohio Division of Wildlife and The Ohio State University’s School of En-vironment and Natural Resources and Department of Evolu-tion, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. The OBCP is charged with conducting outstanding scientific research that directly benefits the citizens of Ohio by providing sound, scientifically-based advice for managing endangered species and other species of greatest conservation need in the state. To that end, and for his "exceptional service by a resident of Ohio in achieving the goals of OBCP," Josh received the first-ever OBCP Citizen Recognition Award. Josh’s friend and colleague, Rob Denton, was on hand to present the award, stating "Josh is an ideal intermediate between OBCP and Ohio’s citizens." Josh’s ability to break down scientific information and make it relevant to anyone "is a rare and awe-inspiring talent…and is inspiring the next generations of Ohio citizens to love and conserve the nature around them." Congratulations, Josh!
Long-time Advisory Board Member Retires One of the Crawford Park District’s "Founding Fathers" has found it necessary to resign from the Park’s Advisory Board. Mike Blaising has been part of the Park leadership team since he was recruited to help investigate the possibility of forming a County Park system. The group was named the Citizens for Crawford Park District. As a Crestline Council member, Mike told the Crestline Park Board, "I think it will be good for Crest-line and the whole county." That was 1993, so Mike’s outlook on the benefits of the Park District changed very little over those twenty two years. "If anything," commented Park Direc-tor, Bill Fisher, "Mike’s passion and support over all those years continued to grow. Mike has been a fantastic community cheer-leader letting everyone he met know about the important mis-sion of the Park system." Mike served as a Park Commissioner and has volunteered in many ways during his tenure on the Park’s Advisory Board. Through the lean financial years of the Park, Mike solicited donations during the Christmas holidays by selling construction paper red and green Christmas trees. Those donations to the Friends of the Crawford Park District helped keep the Park system afloat. Park Commissioner, Rich Carpenter, said, "We wouldn’t be where we are today without dedicated volunteer leaders like Mike. We wish him nothing but the best and thank him for everything he has done for the Park."