Take a hike with regional club
The Otzinachson Regional Group of the Sierra Club and the Edward Abbey Hiking Society will hold a number of hikes throughout the region. They are open to the public, but hikers should contact the hike leader prior to the event. Participants are advised to bring lunch and water on every hike.
Hikes will be held:
Today - Sones Pond and Haystacks, Loyalsock Trail, Sullivan County. Hike 12.5 strenuous miles from the end of the trail on Route 220 to Sones Pond, then circle around and return to the parking lot on Route 220 via the Haystacks. Meet 8:30 a.m. at the McDonald's in Hughesville. Register with Tony Robbins at email@example.com.
Saturday - Appalachian Trail, Dauphin County. Hike 9.6 moderate-to-strenuous miles of the Appalachian Trail above Harrisburg, between Routes 225 and 325. Meet at the K-Mart parking lot along Route 15 in Shamokin Dam at 9 a.m. or at Sheetz along Route 322 in Clarks Ferry at 9:45 a.m. Register with Paul Shaw at 717-215-8339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 13 - Hyner View, Clinton County. Hike 5 strenuous miles via Humble Hill and Huff Run near Renovo to a beautiful view at the top, where hang-gliders take off. Meet at Harvest Moon Restaurant on Route 220 at 8 a.m. The hike begins at 9 from the small parking area past the sportsman's association sign and across the bridge on Route 120. Turn right after bridge. Register with Michele Brague at 570-220-6474.
Alpine Club announces trail care hikes
The Alpine Club of Williamsport seeks volunteers to help clear the Loyalsock Trail's footpath, trim limbs and check blazes. The club will hold trail care hikes on the following dates:
Today - Little Bear Road to Painter Run area and side trails
April 27 - Painter Run area to Shingle Run area plus distance to work on trail
May 4 - High Knob area
May 18 - Rain date
Volunteers should bring lunch, water, gloves, loppers, bow or folding saws and hammers. Some equipment will be provided.
Call Ruth Rode at 570-322-5878 to sign up or if you have questions or want to work on the trail at your convenience.
Boating safety course planned
HUGHESVILLE - The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Williamsport, Flotilla 15-01, will offer a boating safety course from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Hughesville Area Public Library, 146 S. Fifth St.
A fee will cover the cost of materials.
Participants will receive a boating certificate from the auxiliary if they attend both sessions and will qualify for the state boating certificate upon successful completion of the course.
People who want to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski) or who were born after Jan. 1, 1982, and want to operate a boat with a 25 horsepower or larger motor are required by law to have successfully completed a recognized boating course.
For more information or to enroll, call Flotilla Commander Robert Brown at 570-368-1884 or email him at email@example.com.
Pheasant reintroduction update set
WASHINGTONVILLE - Colleen Delong, a wildlife biologist with the state Game Commission, will discuss the effort to establish a reproducing pheasant population in northcentral Pennsylvania. The public talk will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Environmental Education Center of PPL's Montour Environmental Preserve.
Learn about Healing Waters program
At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a presentation on Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a national program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church, rear, 102 E. Third St.
Hunter-trapper education classes set
MUNCY VALLEY - Free hunter-trapper education classes will be held at the North Mountain Sportsmen's Association Club on the following dates:
6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
6 to 9:30 p.m. July 11 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12
6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16
Independent study classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.
Individuals who are at least 11 years old may register on the state Game Commission website for any of these classes. Attendance at the entire program is required to receive certification card.
For more information, call Rick Smith at 570-924-3072 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to be a better birder
DANVILLE - Jon D. Beam, a naturalist at PPL's Montour Preserve, 700 Preserve Road, will lead a workshop titled "Better Birding" from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the preserve's Environmental Education Center.
Field marks certainly are helpful in identifying one bird species from another. Many field guides rely heavily on these features to identify birds. But, this only is one part of putting a name to a bird. Other hints and clues should be integrated to make an identification.
Attendees will develop bird observation skills and learn what to look for before turning to a field guide to identification help. This holistic approach to birding looks at the whole picture first before examining the finer details.
The program will provide useful skills for both beginning and more advanced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Elk alliance chapter plans banquet
MILL HALL - The Clinton County Chapter of the Keystone Elk Country Alliance will hold its third annual fundraising banquet Saturday at Haywoods on the Green.
Raffles, games and auctions will be held throughout the evening and prizes include firearms, jewelry, wildlife art, home furnishings, accessories, outdoor recreation items and cash.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting Lisa Lindsey at 570-249-0411 or email@example.com.
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance has enhanced 1,400 acres of wildlife habitat in the elk range, educated more than 12,000 school children and welcomed more than 850,000 people to the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, teaching them about elk, wildlife and natural resources.
Last year, it brought back the annual Elk Expo and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the elk reintroduction into the state. This year, construction on an outdoor education pavilion at the visitor center will begin.
Tour wetlands in Montandon
MONTANDON - The Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy is organizing a walk at the Montandon wetlands at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Led by Bucknell University professors and Tony Markunas III, of Central Builders Supply, the walk will extend on trails deep into the marsh area; rubber boots are advised.
Meet at the Central Builders' sand plant off Route 45, 0.3 miles east of Route 405 and the Lewisburg bridge.
See the countryside via bicycle
LEWISBURG - A Caring for Communities bicycle ride will be held at 1 p.m. April 13 along the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail in Union County.
It will be led by biking enthusiast Tom Gibson. Routes will be available for two levels of experience - 15 miles and 30 miles.
Park at the lot adjacent to the Dale/Engle/Walker House and meet for departure at the Dale's Ridge Trail parking lot. The Dale/Engle/Walker property is at 1471 Strawbridge Road, off Route 192, 1.7 miles west of Lewisburg.
The ride is sponsored by the Merrill Linn Conservancy as part of its celebration of Caring for Communities Earth Month.
Stroll under the full moon
LEWISBURG - The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority is organizing a moon walk on April 15 on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. An instructor from Bucknell or Bloomsburg universities may be on hand to shed some light on what attendees are, or aren't, seeing.
For details, call 570-524-4774.
Birds and binoculars program set
WATERVILLE - The Tiadaghton Forest Resource Management Center will sponsor a program introducing binocular use and bird watching at 1 p.m. April 19.
Ten sets of binoculars and bird books will be available, but attendees may bring their own as well. The Center is just north of Waterville on Route 44.
For more details, contact Rich Hill at 570-753-5409, ext. 132, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover owls and stars
LEWISBURG - The Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy is organizing an owl prowl and astronomy night on April 19.
The owl walk, led by Joe Southerton, a Mifflinburg teacher, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by astronomy observing at 8:30, led by Bucknell University astronomers.
Meet at the Dale's Ridge Trail parking lot for the owl prowl and at the Dale/Engle/Walker House for the stargazing.
Learn more about snowy owls
The Lycoming Audubon Society will present a program titled "Monitoring Snowy Owls, Nomads of the Arctic" at 6:30 p.m. April 23, following its 6 p.m. meeting at the James V. Brown Library.
Dr. Jean-Francois Therrien will review his recent research regarding the movement and reproduction of snowy owls from the Arctic. Therrien joined Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as senior research biologist in September 2011 and is working on various aspects of raptor conservation science, including satellite tracking of peregrine falcons, turkey vultures and snowy owls, monitoring American kestrel breeding populations and monitoring North American migratory raptors passing over the sanctuary.
The free program will be held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Wing, 19 E. Fourth Street. Seating is limited.
Identify trees during walk in park
LEWISBURG - The Merrill W. Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy will hold a tree walk at 6 p.m. April 25.
Attendees will learn about notable trees in downtown Lewisburg. Meet at Hufnagle Park.
Annual creek cleanup announced
MONTGOMERY - The Great Black Hole Creek Cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26, starting at Hulsizer's Chevrolet on Main Street.
Gloves and bags will be provided. Litter also will be cleaned up along Route 54.
Lunch will be provided after the cleanup.
For more information, call Becky Sanguedolce at 570-547-6289.