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| Monday, March 13, 2006

Hiking

  • Venture Outdoors will lead a three- to five-mile night hike during the night of the spring equinox from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 20 in South Park. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Call 412-255-0564 or visit www.ventureoutdoors.org .

  • Venture Outdoors will host a course in backpacking essentials from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25. The course, designed for backpackers with little or no experience, includes a classroom session and a weekend trip. The prize includes the class, guides and reservations. There will be a preparation meeting March 21. Call 412-255-0564 or visit www.ventureoutdoors.org .

  • Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club will lead two hikes March 26. The first will be a 16.7-mile trek in Moraine State Park. Call Dave Mottorn at 724-327-7582. The other will be an easy seven- to eight-mile loop hike in the Freeport area near Baghdad. Meet at the Harmar Ames at 10 a.m. Call Ed Divers at 412-828-5154.

  • Butler Outdoor Club will lead a 6.3-mile hike on state game lands 95 on March 26. The stretch is part of the North Country Trail. Walkers will travel 4.5 miles in the morning, stop for lunch, then finish with a 1.8-mile stretch. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Eat 'N Park on Route 8 north of Butler.

    Events

  • udubon Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold a program on early spring amphibians with herp enthusiast Terry Laux from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve. He will discuss the habitats, phenology, and vocalizations of various species, teach participants about field identification skills through slide presentations and live animals, and cover important field guides and citizen science projects. Cost is $5 for nonmembers and free to members. Reservation are required as there is a limit of 15 participants. Call 412-963-6100.

  • Jennings Environmental Education Center will host a program on wild animal courtship behaviors at 7 p.m. April 2. There will be a brief indoor presentation followed by a walk in Jennings' prairie. Call 724-794-6011.

    Birding

  • Margaret and Roger Higbee will discuss the work being done on Pennsylvania's second breeding bird atlas at 7 p.m. Friday at the lodge in Blue Spruce Park in Indiana County. Call 724-463-8636.

  • The Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania will hold its eight annual conference March 31 to April 1 at the Holiday Inn-Morgantown in the Berks County community of Morgantown. There will be presentations, live and silent auctions, a bluebird quilt raffle, door prizes, exhibits and vendors. Registration costs $35.00. Contact Nancy Putt at 717-432-2647 or bluebirds@pa.net or visit www.thebsp.org .

    Boating

  • Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services and the Mon Valley YMCA will hold basic boater/personal watercraft operator classes starting at 9 a.m. on April 1, 8 and 22 and May 6, 13 and 20. Cost is $20 peer course, which includes materials, snacks and drinks. Graduates will be given a temporary boating safety certificate that can be redeemed for a permanent certificate at a cost of $10 payable to the Fish and Boat Commission. To register or for information, call John Stimak at 724-684-5320.

    Fishing

  • Venture Outdoors will hold an introduction to fly fishing course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at Ohiopyle State Park. Topics to be covered include the basics of rods, reels, line, tippets, knots and flies. There will be time for hands-on practice and fishing, too. Cyndi Zibrida and Dale Kotowski of the Chestnut Ridge Chapter of Trout Unlimited will serve as instructors. Cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. Call 412-255-0564 or visit www.ventureoutdoors.org .

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