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Tippecanoe County area outdoor happenings, Feb.10-17

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Wabash River update: Although several areas are frozen over, don't trust walking on the ice. The channel is running under the ice and may have shifted since fall. Watch for eagles near the open water.

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Feb. 12: Wednesdays in the Wild, 1-3 p.m., Lilly Nature Center. Restoration of Allegheny Woodrats in Indiana: Integrating Research and Management in the Recovery of an Imperiled Species. Purdue wildlife research associate, Tim Smyser (link), will discuss the current program to restore the population of this endangered species

Feb. 13: Sycamore Audubon meeting, 7:15 p.m., Lilly Nature Center. Birds and Other Wildlife in a Forested Landscape. The program will focus heavily on the ongoing restoration of Yellowwood State Forest in Brown County and Morgan-Monroe State Forest. Andrew Meier from Purdue’s Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (link). Those properties were added to the Indiana system in the late 1920’s, early 1930’s, over-used and abandoned agricultural land. The CCC replanted those properties in the 1930’s. The projected century long experiment aims to restore native plants and animals and research good woodland management practices.

Feb. 14-17: Backyard Bird Count. Join other birders in adding to the Audubon data base. In this hard winter, what’s at our feeders? Audubon Society wants to know. Are the migration patterns thrown off by the cold temps? Help answer those questions. Get the count sheet (link) and watch away.

Cross country ski update: Prophetstown, Battlefield and the old city golf course have plowed access and parking. Ft. Ouiatenon is not plowed, parking is a problem. All city venues are plowed and have parking access.

Outdoor sports expos:

Feb. 14-21: Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show. Indiana State Fairgrounds (link).

Acres of the fairgrounds are turned over to outdoors equipment. From backpack tents to elaborate RV’s, kayaks to speed boats and all the amenities to make your experience more pleasant.

Within the Show, the Quiet Sports Expo sets aside the people powered equipment (link). This event celebrates the canoe/kayak and tent camping venues. Check out the latest gear for the quiet sports at this unique event. Sometimes lost in the bigger sports expos, the Indy show runs this unique venue to feature the more “primitive” outdoor adventures.