Listen to dulcimer music at preserve
WASHINGTONVILLE - Celebrate the beginning of spring with the delightful sounds of dulcimer music. A.J. Bashore II will perform a mix of old-time, Celtic, Appalachian, contemporary and original music from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today.
The free program will be held at the Environmental Education Center. For directions, visit www.pplpreserves.com, select Montour and then click on Contacts and Directions. For more information, contact the preserve at 570-437-3131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover scuba for free
Discover what it's like to breathe underwater during a pair of free workshops. Register for the 2 p.m. event today at the Milton YMCA or for the March 23 event at the Williamsport YMCA, which also will be held at 2.
Call A Water Odyssey Scuba dive shop at 570-326-2091 to make a reservation.
Game commissioners to meet Monday
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has scheduled a public, working group meeting to be held at 8 a.m. Monday at the agency's headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave. It also will be streamed live on the agency's website, www.pgc.state.pa.us.
Working group meetings allow for an exchange between the board and commission staff ahead of the regular quarterly meetings. While the meetings are open to the public, public comments are not accepted.
Those attending, however, are permitted to submit questions in writing to the board.
The board's next quarterly meeting is at 8:30 a.m. April 7-8 at headquarters.
Learn how to prevent aquatic invasive species
WELLSBORO - A free aquatic invasive species workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the W.M. Tokishi Training Center, 124 NYPUM Drive.
Attendees will learn how to identify invasive species of concern and prevent their spread by reporting and simple cleaning methods. A demonstration of how to clean boots, waders and other gear will be held.
Cleaning stations will be given to the first 30 participants.
Speakers include Robert Morgan, lead aquatic invasive species ecologist with the state Fish and Boat Commission, and Matt Shank, aquatic biologist with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
Discover vernal pools
LEWISBURG - The Seven Mountains chapter of the Audubon Society and presenter Carey Entz-Rine will hold a free public program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on vernal pools at the Kelly Township Supervisors Building, 551 Zeigler Road, Lewisburg.
For more information, call 570-837-3377.
Trail group plans film festival
CAMP HILL - Keystone Trails Association's first Membership Celebration and Film Festival will feature three films on the Appalachian Trail. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wesley Center of Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 S. 22nd St.
The films are:
"Come Walk with Me" is association member Lorrie Preston's travelogue of hiking the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. It includes songs by the late hiker, singer and songwriter "Walkin' Jim" Stoltz.
"Faces of the Appalachian Trail" is Danny Ruthenberg-Marshall's documentary describing what life along the trail is like, everything that goes into making it possible and the different personalities that are drawn to the trail.
"Green Tunnel," which documents filmmaker Kevin Gallagher's walk of the entire trail over six months. Each day he took shots of a single section of the trail. At the end of the journey, he had more than 4,000 clips, which were strung together to offer a five-minute view of what an accelerated hike along the Appalachian mountain range would look like.
Viewers can vote for their favorite film, which will win the unique KTA Film of the Year Award.
Tickets are $15 and include a one-year individual membership to the trail association for new members. They may be purchased online at tinyurl.com/kn3wray, directly from KTA or at the door.
For more information, see www.kta-hike.org.
Learn how to tie flies
LOCK HAVEN - The Lloyd Wilson Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual fly tying classes weekly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Thursday through March 27 at the Citizen Hose Fire Co.
The cost is $1 per class for youths and $2 per class for adults.
Fly patterns and instructors will change weekly. Instructors are from the local chapter and Outcast Anglers Guide Service, of Loganton.
For more information, call Jim Smith at 570-398-1606.
It's timberdoodle time at PPL Montour Preserve
DANVILLE - It's time for a little song and dance and you're invited to come watch and listen. This performance, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at PPL's Montour Preserve, is unlike any you might have experienced before. It is the unique courtship ritual of the timberdoodle, also known as the American woodcock.
First, listen indoors as staff talk about the bird's natural history and behavior, then head outdoors to watch and hear the ancient song and dance of the "timberdoodle." Then it's back inside to wrap up with information on woodcock conservation issues.
Meet at the Environmental Education Center.
Sportsmen to hold 54th annual banquet
HUGHESVILLE - The Consolidated Sportsmen of Muncy Creeks will hold its 54th annual banquet on Saturday at the Hughesville Fire Co. social building. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6.
The evening will include a roast beef dinner with homemade pie; a Chinese auction; a gun and rod raffle; a live auction; door prizes and a special presentation. State Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Jonathan Wyant will discuss the status of the Pennsylvania elk and the program for expanding its range.
Members also are gathering old hunting and fishing items for inclusion in the Chinese auction.
The spring trout stocking schedule for the trout the sportsmen raised this year will be available at the banquet. Organizers say the club has overcome low water conditions, disease due to high water temperature and cold and icing conditions and will be stocking about 12,000 trout this spring.
Banquet tickets are limited and will not be available at the door. Instead, they may be purchased from any club member or ordered by calling Art Fry at 570-368-1245 or Rusty Bitler at 570-584-5780
Rock and mineral club plans show
SAYRE - The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club will hold its annual show on Saturday and next Sunday at the Athens Township Volunteer Fire Hall, 211 Herrick Ave.
Features will include dealers, exhibits, kids' activities, demonstrations, fossil identification, special exhibits and a silent auction by Carnegie Museum and a fossil exhibit by the Paleontological Research Institute.
Admission fees are $3, adults; $1, students; under 8, free.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Sunday. For more information, see www.chehannarocks.com/show.html.
50th anniversary recognition dinner announced
March 24 is the last day to make a reservation to attend the 50th anniversary of the Susquehanna Chapter of Trout Unlimited. A special reception and dinner to celebrate the chapter's founding and chartering will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. April 5 at the 33 East Restaurant, 33 E. Third St.
Ken Hunter, artist, writer and sportsman, will present the after-dinner program. There also will be a silent auction of art work and fishing gear, and proceeds will benefit the chapter's stream conservation work.
The chapter and its members have been instrumental in public education and projects to protect and enhance streams in the area.
The cost of the dinner is $35 per person, and the public is invited to attend.
For details and tickets, call Dave Craig at 570-971-4744.
Learn how to identify sparrow species
At the Lycoming Audubon Society's March 26 meeting, guest speaker Alex Lamoreaux will discuss strategies to identify the 17 common sparrow species of central Pennsylvania. The keen observer should learn and concentrate on a few key field marks and use the process of elimination to assist in identification. Grouping the birds into sparrow families using their size, shape, behavior and probability of occurrence provides useful clues.
Lamoreaux is studying wildlife biology at Penn State University and is a traveling field ornithologist, most recently working for the Center for Conservation Biology. An avid birder since he was 8, Lamoreaux has traveled across most of the U.S. and to Central America and Southern Africa in search of birds. He is active with "eBird," a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information.
The chapter meeting begins at 6 p.m., with the free public program a half-hour later. It will be held at the James V. Brown Library's Lowry Room, on the third floor of the Welch Wing, 19 E. Fourth St.
Whitetails Unlimited plans fundraiser
The West Branch Hunters Night Out will be held March 29 at the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St. It is sponsored by Whitetails Unlimited. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30.
The event features a two-meat buffet, auction and prizes such as firearms, outfitter packages, hunting- and outdoor-related equipment and collectibles.
Proceeds benefit local habitat improvement, the National Archery in the Schools Program and youth shooting programs.
Tickets must be purchased by March 21 by calling Dave "Huffy" Huffman at 570-772-0312 in the evenings; Gene Cahn at 570-447-6541; Dave Ellison at 570-435-5525; or WTU national headquarters at 800-274-5471.
Whitetails Unlimited is a national nonprofit conservation organization that supports education, habitat enhancement and acquisition, and the preservation of hunting.
Hunter education course offered
ANTES FORT - A hunter-trapper education course will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 31 and April 1 at the Northcentral Office of the state Game Commission, 1566 Route 44
Students must attend both days and pass the course test to receive a certification card.
Register on the Game Commission website under "Hunter-Trapper Education." Students should study Chapters 1, 4, 5 and 9 from the online manual prior to the class.
For more information, call Max Farley at 570-337-8750.
Groups organize Earth Month Celebration
The "Caring for Communities" series, sponsored by the Merrill W. Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy and the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance, will kick off in April.
The annual series of family friendly events engages people in learning about and gaining appreciation for the local natural environment.
Events in wetland explorations, owl prowls, star gazing, canoeing/kayaking, bicycle rides, wildflower walks and more are planned.
Everyone is welcome and most events are free.
For complete schedule of events, visit www.LinnConservancy.org.