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Outdoor notices: Sept. 16, 2013

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Hiking

• Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County will host a lake trail hike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21. Hikers will learn about “Leave No Trace” ethics and have the option to eat at the Trenthouse Inn. Preregistration is required by calling 814-352-8649.

• Venture Outdoors will lead a seven- to eight-mile hike around Mt. Davis, Pennsylvania's highest peak, in Somerset County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6. It will involve some climbs and stream crossings. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

Boating

• Jennings Environmental Education Center in Butler County will hold a kayak trip on Slippery Rock Creek from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Open to beginners age 12 and older, the guided trip will focus on what lives beneath the water's surface. Cost is $20, which includes all equipment. Call 724-794-6011.

• Venture Outdoors will lead a beginner's kayak paddle at Moraine State Park in Butler County from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 28. Equipment, guides and instruction will be provided; the minimum age is 12. Cost is $22 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Call 412-255-0564.

Events

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a “living on a wild diet” program focusing on the plants that have practical, medicinal or edible uses from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at Succop Nature Reserve in Butler County. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-963-6100.

• Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County will hold a program for those interested in getting involved in archery from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5. All equipment and instruction is provided and the class is free, but preregistration is required. Call 724-428-4254 for information.

Birding

• Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will lead an outing to the Kimberly Run Natural Area in Somerset County on Sept. 21. This area is a mixed hemlock and hardwood forest that hasn't been timbered since 1800. Meet at the first parking lot at Donegal Lake off Route 711 at 1 p.m. to carpool. Call Dick Byers at 724-593-3543.

• Three Rivers Birding Club will host an outing to Frick Park in Allegheny County to look for warblers and other birds at 8 a.m. Sept. 22. Meet at the Frick Environmental Center parking lot at 2005 Beechwood Blvd. Call Jack Solomon at 412-521-3365.

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead an owl prowl at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Guides will try to call in several owl species. The event is free, but preregistration is required. Call 412-963-6100.

• Cook Forest State Park in Clarion County will hold an “owl prowl” starting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4. Participants will meet at the Log Cabin Environmental Center for a short presentation that will be followed by opportunities to carpool to owl hotspots throughout the park. Bring a flashlight. Call 814-744-8407.

• Three Rivers Birding Club will host a trip to Pymatuning State Park in Crawford County to look for waterfowl, bald eagles, and migrant songbirds on Oct. 6. Meet at the Wildlife Learning Center at 8 a.m. For information or directions, contact Bob VanNewkirk at 412-366-1694 or van126@comcast.net.

• Westmoreland Bird and Nature Club will hold its “big sit,” an all-day event at the observation deck just past the causeway bridge at Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County to count bird species seen, Oct. 12. The record is 42. Participants can come and stay as long or as little as they'd like.

Backpacking

• Raccoon Creek State Park in Beaver County will hold its annual “hike in,” a weekend of backpacking, campfires, camping and more on Sept. 28-29. Backpackers can choose to do the park's 20-mile loop or portions of it; all that you need is your own equipment and food. Preregistration is required by Sept. 25. Contact Pat Adams at paadams@pa.gov.

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