Reader Pam Wilson of Springfield Township emailed me recently with a plea: “Could you please remind people to put out water for the birds and wildlife during this drought/hot weather?”
Birds can usually find food this time of year, but water sources can dry up, she noted.
Dave Bonter of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology concurred.
Although some birds will move to find water, moving exposes birds to risks, said Bonter, the lab’s assistant director of citizen science and leader of its Project FeederWatch.
“Some birds certainly die during dry periods,” he said in an email. “It is generally thought that birds don’t need our handouts [food or water], but there were certainly more sources of water available before we humans ditched, filled, and drained marshes across North America.”
Wilson said you don’t need anything elaborate. The 16 water stations in her backyard habitat include TV dinner containers, plant drip pans and plastic garbage can lids along with fancier birdbaths. “I have everything from wild ducks using the garbage can lids as private ponds to bees drinking from the ant traps over the hummingbird feeders,” she wrote.
Just be sure to change the water frequently to keep it fresh and prevent mosquitoes from breeding there.
Seven local artisans have been honored with inclusion in Early American Life magazine’s 2012 Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
The directory lists artisans who used traditional materials and methods and bring traditional sensibilities to their work. A panel of museum curators, collectors and historians chose the artisans as the best in their categories.
Local honorees and their specialties are:
• Carl and Marcia Giordano of Carl Giordano — Tinsmith in Wadsworth, reproduction tinware and lighting.
• Patrick Livengood of Lafayette Township, Medina County, 18th- and 19th-century wrought iron.
• Barbara Bunsey of Calico Goose in Macedonia, decorative painting on tin.
• Marilyn Willmore of Worked in Wool in Plain Township, Stark County, primitive hooked rugs, wall hangings and mats.
• Laurel Dabbs of Laurel Dabbs Decoys in Westfield Center, 19th century cedar gunning decoys.
• Ron Fedor of Ron Fedor Masonry Inc. in Mantua, masonry and hand-carved stone.
The directory is in the magazine’s August issue.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Learn the basics or bring your projects and swap tips. Registration: 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays during summer. Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $3; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Parade of Ponds, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Self-guided tour of water gardens in Summit, Portage, Medina, Stark and Wayne counties. Tour booklets: $10, available at Hoffman’s Garden Center, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green; Biggins’ Big Dip, 197 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township; Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township; and Mock Property Services, 37 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. The event raises money for the burn unit at Akron Children’s Hospital. www.hoffmansgardencenter.com or 330-896-9811.
• Daylily Madness Weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, Daylilies and More, 8290 Avon Lake Road (state Route 83), about one mile north of Lodi. Thousands of day lilies in bloom. 330-948-2470 or email@example.com.
• Secrest Arborteum events, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Insect Night Walk, 8-10:30 tonight; expert-led walks and other family activities. Bring a flashlight, good walking shoes and a clear jar for collecting insects. If the weather looks threatening, call 330-263-3818. Guided Summer Walk, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-464-2148. Baiwoop Art and Music Festival, noon to 8 p.m. July 28; music, drum circle, artwork, auctions. Information: 330-465-1152 or email@example.com.
• Scrapbooking, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. $8. Bring adhesive. Registration: www.mcdl.info or 330-273-4150.
• Western Reserve Rose Society meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, North Royalton Branch Library, 14600 State Road. Program: talk by Mark Occhionero of Top Garden Products. 330-220-2213 or www.westernreserverosesociety.org.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Children’s Gardening Festival & Fun, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, community garden at Kenmore Boulevard and Ira Avenue. Talk by Sarah Balser of Children’s Hunger Alliance. Free. Part of the Talking in the Garden Series. 330-572-8304.
• Needlework Circle, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. 330-769-2852.
• Herb Gardens: Practical Possibilities, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Presentation by Jan Becker of Becker’s Cottage Garden Herb Farm. Part of the Meet Me in the Garden series. Free.
• Yarncrafters meetings, 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway. Knitting and crocheting group. 330-725-0588.
• Parking lot garden tour, 4 p.m. Thursday, behind the closed dormitory at 1427 Dover Road, Wooster Township, Ohio State University scientist Joe Kovach will lead a tour of food gardens growing on an asphalt parking lot. Free. Additional tour scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 30. 330-263-3846 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to email@example.com or Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640. Please include name and phone number. All events must be open to the public.
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