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The Frolicking Fox Moon wanes until it becomes the new Ducks-Scouting-for-Nests on February 15.

During this February Moon, ducks actually do scout for nesting sites. Geese are looking, too.  This Moon brings more substance to the natural history of the year, an increase in the number of flower, foliage, insect and bird sightings and bird calls, a weightier accumulation of change than that of last week. That accumulation contributes a little more to the seasonal heritage of each region, adds to the composite of time that helps to define the cycles of passage.

Jurassic Quest is a family friendly event for dinosaur lovers of all ages! The exhibit features over 100 life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Activities include face painting, green screen photo, bounce houses, educational stations and much more! It is today and this weekend.

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In the long cold of the last few weeks, I have withdrawn into a fetal, psychic hibernation, reminiscing about childhood and about other retreats I have made from the weather and the world. This morning, while I was working alone in my attic bindery, listening to the wind and watching the snow, a memory mood from my hermetic high school years at Holy Cross Seminary came back and settled around me.

Zoot artists are developing a new show called Hope In Flight, and it premieres on Saturday and Sunday, 2pm in the downtown Dayton Library's Eichelberger Forum. The family-friendly show has no cost and open to everyone.

Your Voice Ohio: Using Death To Quantify Compassion

Feb 1, 2018

This commentary is part of Your Voice Ohio, a collaborative effort to produce more relevant, powerful journalism based on the needs and ambitions of Ohioans and Ohio communities.

Your Voice Ohio is an initiative of WYSO and more than 30 news organizations across Ohio. We’re beginning with the opioid epidemic and will let the public guide us from there. 

Learn more about the project and how you can get involved. 

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Despite the cold veneer of Late Winter and the power of tomorrow’s Supermoon, the natural year quickens. Nighttime excursions of skunks, the occasional appearance of flies, an increase in opossum activity, the prophetic calls of overwintering robins, and the disappearance of autumn seeds all offer counterpoint to winter silence and days of snow.

No matter the cold, beavers strip bark for food along the rivers. The tufted titmouse has begun its spiral mating flights. Blue jays give their bell-like calls. Male cardinals have started to sing before dawn.

The Yellow Cab Tavern has their Mid-Winter Beach Party tonight beginning at 6pm. Working with Catholic Social Services and Goodwill Easter Seals bring some donations of clothing to the party, which Goodwill will turn into vouchers for winter clothing for families relocated to Dayton.

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Sometimes the arrival of  Late Winter, carries a great thaw. One day I went out to the river in the warmth of such a thaw, when cumulus clouds tumbled across the sky in gusts of the southwest wind, and the water of the river was shining with low, brisk waves of silvers, then blues, then grays.

The oaks of the far bank were black against the bright sky. On hillsides of Osage trees, patches of their yellow wood glowed like the flush of expanding spring buds. Below the Osage hardy green chickweed,wild onion, garlic mustard, henbit and hemlock lay akimbo across the melting snow.

Ed Davis

Learn about the exciting field of robotics. Designed for children and adults of all ages, this offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Demonstration and activity stations teach fun aerospace principles, such as the role of robotics in the Air Force, examples of robotic toys, working robotics and more. This is Saturday, 9am to 3pm at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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The Frolicking Fox Moon is new today, and it waxes crescent throughout the coming week, entering its second quarter next Tuesday. This is the Moon that carries the Northern Hemisphere deep into the final days Late Winter, tantalizingly close to the first days of Early Spring. This Moon bodes well for the seeding of bedding plants and the earliest tomatoes under lights. It is a pruning moon that encourages making way for new growth. It is a moon that invites me out into the land to try to find the first pieces of the spring.