BUCYRUS -- All are welcome to join the Crawford Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting Aug. 30.

It will be at The Pickwick Place, 1875 N. Sandusky Ave., Bucyrus. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner tickets cost $12.50. These tickets must be reserved by Aug. 16.

The Crawford SWCD supervisor election will be begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at 6:45 p.m. All Crawford County residents who are a minimum of 18-years of age are eligible to vote in the SWCD election. Residents can register at the door in order to receive a ballot. Any eligible voter may vote in the Crawford SWCD supervisor election and leave without purchasing a ticket. Non-resident landowners may vote by filing a notarized affidavit (SEL-8) form certifying land ownership prior to registering to vote. 

The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be catered by Katering Kountry Style with baked steak and chicken cordon bleu, hash brown casserole, green beans, tossed salad, rolls, lemonade, iced tea, and coffee.

This year’s featured speaker, Stan Gehrt, is a professor and wildlife extension specialist at The Ohio State University. He has a very interesting presentation on the urban coyotes and their adaptability to their environment.

Stan’s research has been conducted on the long-term population ecology and disease dynamics of coyotes in the Chicago Metropolitan area. His research team has been monitoring coyotes in this highly urbanized landscape for the past 12 years, having marked nearly 700 coyotes, making this the largest urban study of its kind. The general objective is to provide a better understanding as to how coyotes are successfully exploiting the urban landscape, and the implications of this trend for people, pets, and other wildlife. 

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The events following dinner include the SWCD outstanding cooperator award sponsored by Ag Credit, affiliate members’ recognition, and the Crawford SWCD Supervisor election results.

Plan now to attend; contact the Crawford Soil and Water Conservation District office at 3111 State Route 98, Bucyrus, Ohio at 419-562-8280 extension 3, or get your tickets from one of the ticket sellers in your neighborhood: Ben Ackerman, Nathan Brause, Megan Brown, Monica Finney, Mike Hall, Paul E. Hartschuh, Marvin James, Larry Leonhardt, Sandy Lyons, Liz Miller, Diane Sand, Morgan Scheffler, Joyce Schimpf, Mike Shell, Mark Shumaker, Adam Spiegel, Zach Stuckey, Louise Ulmer, and Brad Van Voorhis.