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Hands off those baby birds

JAMPD tips on abandoned, nesting and fledgling birds

From the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District (via Facebook):

"The phone calls to the Park Office are increasing every day. Let's have a quick clarification on abandoned, nestling and fledgling birds on this Wildlife Wednesday.

"Abandoned-baby birds (animals) are rare. Unless you physically see the deceased parents near the nest (or burrow or den) DO NOT DISTURB the baby animal.

May 17 Field Report from ODW officer

In the Northwest Ohio-Wildlife District Two report from the Ohio Division of Wildlife, it was noted that State Wildlife Investigator Jeremy Payne, assigned to northwest Ohio, assisted with multiple pollution events in 2021, many of which were reported by a concerned citizen.

These reports allow officers to quickly arrive on the scene and work to determine the cause of the pollution. Ohioans are encouraged to call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543) to report any dead or dying fish in their local streams.

May 1-16 weather observations

Weather observations by Guy Verhoff

Enjoying our recent weather? Here is the first half of May as recorded by Guy Verhoff of Pandora.

O the month of May, the merry month of May,
    So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green!
O, and then did I unto my true love say:
    "Sweet Peg, thou shalt be my summer's queen!

"The Merry Month of May" (partial) by Thomas Dekker, c. 1572–1632

What NOT to put in Village dumpsters during cleanup week

Village Cleanup: May 24-26

By Liz Gordon-Hancock

Dumpsters arrive at Spring Street brush dump next week for Bluffton residents to use during the annual Village Cleanup from Tuesday, May 24 through Thursday, May 26. The use of these dumpsters is reserved for Village of Bluffton residents only. Village employees may randomly verify that individuals utilizing the dumpsters are residents of the Village.  

The following items should NOT be put in the dumpster:

Grismore Rd bridge closing between Napoleon and Cool roads

The Allen County Engineer Office has announced that starting Monday, May 16, Grismore Road Bridge between Napoleon and Cool Roads will be closed for approximately 5 weeks for a bridge deck replacement.

There will be no access during closure.

Weather observations for May 1-9

The Bluffton area was treated to more seasonable weather this past week, as shown by observations from Pandora weather observer Guy Verhoff.

High Temperature - 75 F

Low Temperature - 39 F