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Outdoors notices: Aug. 11, 2014

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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, 6:21 p.m.
 

Hiking

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead free hikes along the Butler-Freeport Trail in Butler County starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 16 and 23. A naturalist will lead the hike, which follows Buffalo Creek, to look for songbirds and more. To register and for directions to the trailhead, call 412-963-6100.

• Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will lead a “meteors and more” hike from 8:30-10 p.m. Aug. 15 at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Allegheny County. Participants will look for the Perseid meteors, weather permitting, and more. Bring optics and a blanket or lawn chair. Cost is $6 for members, $10 for nonmembers. Call 412-963-6100.

Boating

• Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County will hold a free evening kayak paddle from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22. Participants will look for herons, osprey and bryozoans. Preregistration is required by calling 724-668-2566.

Events

• Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County will hold a program on Pennsylvania's venomous snakes from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Meet at the north shore amphitheater to learn about snakes, their role in the ecosystem, and more, all while seeing some live specimens. Call 724-357-7913.

• Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County will hold a free program on Pennsylvania's reptiles and amphibians from 7-8 p.m. Aug. 16. Meet at the visitor center for a program that will include a slide show, live animals and more. Call 724-668-2566.

• Venture Outdoors will host a “family creek adventure” program from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 17 at Bird Park in Pittsburgh's South Hills. Participants will learn about the creatures that make the park and its creek their home, then have time to explore on their own. Sturdy shoes that can get wet are recommended. Cost is $5 for kids, $6 for members and $10 for others. Call 412-255-0564.

• Yellow Creek State Park in Indiana County will hold a program on the basics of camping and backpacking from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 17 in its environmental learning classroom. Participants will learn how to properly plan a trip taking into account the four Ws: water, weather, wildlife and widowmakers. Participants will also be able to register for a backpack trip to be held within the park Sept. 5-7. Call 724-357-7913.

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