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Published: Sun, January 13, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



OHIO

Mahoning Federationto host DOW chief

The Mahoning County Federation of Sportsman Clubs will hold its annual banquet Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Lowellville Rod & amp; Gun Club, Quarry Road, Lowellville.

Featured speakers for the evening include Mike Budzik, chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and Ohio Rep. John Boccieri, D-57.

For tickets call 330-792-2980, 330-726-0735.

Wildlife diversitysubject of conference

Wildlife species that thrive in urban habitats are the focus of this year's Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference set for March 13 at the Aladdin Shriner's Complex in Columbus. The annual event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Dr. Kevin McGowan of Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology

will give the keynote address. Dr. McGowan will discuss the habits of city crows based on his research in Ithaca, New York.

Other presentations will address seagulls, falcons, dragonflies and other species common to cities. For additional program information and registration, call (800) WILDLIFE and request a conference brochure. Early registration discounts apply until Feb. 26.

Help needed forbald eagle survey

Eagle enthusiasts and other Ohioans are encouraged to assist state wildlife biologists with their annual mid-winter bald eagle survey, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Division of Wildlife biologists are asking residents to participate by reporting any bald eagle observations they see through Jan. 15, by calling the Crane Creek Wildlife Research Station at (419) 898-0960.

The survey is conducted each January as part of a nationwide tally to determine the wintering bald and golden eagle populations in North America. Last year's eagle survey recorded 204 bald eagles across the state.

Active nests are currently recorded in the following 28 Ohio counties: Coshocton (1), Crawford (1), Delaware (1), Erie (7), Geauga (2), Guernsey (1), Hancock (1), Harrison (1), Henry (1), Huron (2), Knox (2), Licking (1), Lorain (2), Lucas (5), Mahoning (2), Marion (1), Mercer (1), Noble (1), Ottawa (11), Portage (3), Ross (1), Sandusky (10), Seneca (4), Summit (1), Trumbull (5), Wayne (1), Wood (2), and Wyandot (5).

Ohio's nesting bald eagle population has gone from only four active nesting pairs in 1979 to the current 76 breeding pairs.

CONTESTS

Local man wins

Andy Baltes of North Jackson was the winner of a Mossberg 835, 12 Ga. Shotgun from Ducks Unlimited, Geauga Co. Chapter, in the Ohio Committee for the Wildlife Legislative Fund of America's 2001 Save Our Heritage Sweepstakes.

Baltes was one of 15 sportsmen selected from the drawing to receive numerous prizes of outdoor merchandise.

MISCELLANEOUS

Judge halts deer birth control program

An Indiana judge has dismissed a case brought by the nation's largest animal rights group which was attempting to implement a controversial deer birth control program in the northern Indiana community of Beverly Shores.

The Wildlife Legislative Fund of America's Sportsmen's Legal Defense Fund, Indiana Bowhunters Association and Indiana Deer Hunters, working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, successfully defended the agencies' authority to regulate a deer birth control program sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.

CLUBS

WTU banquet planned

Whitetails Unlimited, Mill Creek Chapter, will host its annual banquet March 9 at the Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road, Austintown.

Doors will open at open 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $40 for singles and $60 for couples. The dinner includes dinner, refreshments, and a chapter membership (4 issues of magazine).

Proceeds benefit youth outdoor programs in Mahoning County.

Whitetails Unlimited's Mosquito Creek Chapter held its annual banquet this past fall and raised more than $36,000 in one night.

Half of the proceeds were used for area projects and activities.




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