01-25-2018 Outdoors

Watervliet Rod & Gun Club The Watervliet Rod and Gun Club will hold their monthly CCW classes on February 8 and February 10, 2018. Registration is on February 4, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. and cost of the class is $100. They will have a lawyer explaining the law pertaining to concealed carry during class. Please call (269) 468-3837 or (269) 470-9191 for more information.

17th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet On Saturday, February 24, 2018 doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 17th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet. The banquet is hosted by the Berrien County Trophy Toms, members of the National Wild Turkey Federation and held at Pebblewood Banquet Hall, 9794 Jericho Road in Bridgman. If you have any questions, contact Dale Jasper at 269-921-3474. B.C. Animal Control offering rabies shots Berrien County Animal Control will be hosting several Rabies Shot Clinics in the upcoming weeks. The cost is $20 for a one-year rabies shot, $25 for a three-year rabies shot and $25 for feline/canine Distemper. County licenses will also be available for purchase at the same time. Bring the license renewal form to the clinic. Pets must be at least 1 year 3 months old; and have had a rabies vaccine prior in order to receive a 3-year rabies at a clinic. AVID Microchips will be available in a first come first serve basis at the Jan. 27 and Feb. 10 clinics only. Cost is $25 and will include lifetime registration. There are a limited number of chips available. The clinics are open to both dogs and cats so make sure your pets are on a leash or in a carrier for their safety. Preregistration is available online at http://berriencounty.org/302/Rabies-Clinic-Registration or by calling Animal Control at (269) 927-5648. It is important to note that preregistration is recommended but is not required. Also, walk-ins will be welcome and only cash is accepted at the clinics. The dates and locations are as follows: Saturday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Berrien County Animal Control, 1400 S. Euclid Ave., Benton Harbor; and Sunday, Feb. 25, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Eau Claire Fire Department, 6265 W. Main St., Eau Claire.

A yellow-bellied sapsucker was heard at the nature center last week. This bird should be down south with the other sapsuckers that migrated through Michigan last fall. Although uncommon, some individuals attempt to overwinter in the southern part of their breeding range. Mid-Michigan is at the edge of this range which extends north into Canada. Sap, when it isn’t frozen in the trees’ cambium (aka, the water and sap tubes), is only a part of a sapsucker’s diet. Like other woodpeckers, the bird also eats insects… especially the ants that are attracted to the sap-filled holes drilled by the sapsucker. It will also chip off bark pieces to find spiders and other insects. Individuals that stay north can substitute bird feeder suet for insects. However, unlike their compatriots (the red-bellied, downy, hoary and other woodpeckers), they won’t be interested in the seeds. Some will also seek out any berries that weren’t devoured during the fall migration. Poison ivy berries may be a lifesaver. Yes, there is a redeeming quality for that plant! Kids ages 4 to 6 can listen to a reading of A Walk Through the Winter Woods by Michael Glenn Monroe then complete a craft for $1.00 on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1:00 p.m. Adults are welcome to stay. Non-member admission is $3. Please call (269) 927-4832. With all the weather fluctuations, be sure to call to check snow conditions.