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THIS WEEK: Jan. 24 to 30, 2014


Friday Eagle Watch, a field trip to the Upper Delaware River to observe bald eagles and learn about aspects of their history. Meet at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Fridays through Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $20 includes bus transportation. Pack a lunch and binoculars. Reservations: 570-629-3061.


Eagle Watch, along the Delaware River, Rio Reservoir and the Lackawaxen River. Meet Saturday at the rest stop on I-84 near mile 25 going east at 8:30 a.m. or at the Milford Beach boat landing at 9 a.m. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Audubon Society. Information at 570-945-5226.


Eagle Watch for Eagle Enthusiasts, a field trip with visits to the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River, the Eagle Institute and a special stop at Eagle Day at the PPL Environmental Center. Hosted by Jan Lokuta. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. $20. Bring lunch, camera and warm clothes. Reservations: 570-828-2319.


Cross Country Skiing, lessons for beginners on an old logging road loop with equipment provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday; 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. $20; $10 children. Registration: 570-828-2319.


Winter Tracks of Creatures Large and Small, solving track mysteries with environmental educator Roger Spotts with indoor and outdoor programs. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. $5. Registration: 570-629-3061.


Introduction to Snowshoeing, a winter stomp through the woods. No experience necessary. Equipment provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. $10. Registration: 570-828-2319.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, with Bob Wasilewski of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the Nesbitt Park boat launch near First Avenue and Pierce Street in Kingston. 8 a.m. Sunday. Free. 570-542-5948.


Animal Tracking, exploring the natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks and other signs. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. $5. 570-828-2319.


Nescopeck State Park Hike, six moderate miles. Meet at the Mountain Top Hose Company #1 parking lot. 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-645-9617.


Cross Country Ski or Winter Hike through the trails of the Bear Creek Preserve, Route 115, north of Bear Creek Village. 1 p.m. Sunday. $10. Bring your own skis; hike if no snow. Sponsored by the North Branch Land Trust. Registration required: 570-696-5545 or nblt.org.


Backyard Birds, how to create a bird-feeding habitat with Gary Kostrobala of Wild Birds Unlimited. Sponsored by the Mountain Top Garden Club at the Rice Township Municipal Building, 3000 Church Road, Mountain Top. 7 p.m. Tuesday. 570-868-5564.


FUTURE


Cross Country Skiing, lessons for beginners on an old logging road loop with equipment provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1, 8 and 22; 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 and 23. $20; $10 children. Registration: 570-828-2319.


Hiking Through the Natural Beauty of Pennsylvania, a talk by author and outdoorsman Jeff Mitchell on the state’s parks and natural areas including hidden waterfalls, expansive vistas and isolated areas. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. Feb. 1. Free. 570-996-1500.


EcoZone Discovery Room. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave and dig in a fossil pit along with other hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 and 23. $2. 570-828-2319.


Eagle Watch, a field trip with visits to the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River and the Eagle Institute. Hosted by Jan Lokuta. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2. $20. Bring lunch, camera and warm clothes. Call to reserve a seat in the van. 570-828-2319.


Gouldsboro State Park Hike, seven moderate miles. Meet at the Park & Ride, Route 315 and Oak Street, Dupont. 10:45 a.m. Feb. 2. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-842-2230.


Vegetable Gardening Weekend, two days of classes in designing, preparing and cultivating a vegetable garden with the Pike County Master Gardeners. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 8 and 9. $150 includes lodging, meals and programming. Reservations: 570-828-2319.


Animal Tracking, exploring the natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks and other signs. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8. $5. 570-828-2319.


Eagles Mere Toboggan Ride, with an easy six-mile hike substituted if the lake is not frozen. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway and bring a lunch. Feb. 9 at 7:45 a.m. (if toboggan is running) or 11:45 a.m. for the hike. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-655-4979.


Guided Snowshoe Hike, with brief instruction and limited snowshoes to borrow. Hike if no snow. Meet at the Mid Valley Access, Varden Conservation Area, Routes 196 and 296 in Wayne County. 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 9. Registration: 570-676-3428.


Winter Wonderland Family Nature Getaway, with cross-country skiing, animal tracking, nature hikes, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 14 to 17. $210 includes lodging, meals and programs; discounts for children. Reservations: 570-828-2319.


Birding Field Trip, to Barnegat Light State Park in New Jersey to view harlequin ducks, purple sandpipers and red-breasted mergansers as well as other shorebirds and songbirds. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre at 7 a.m. Feb. 15. Sponsored by the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. $5. Registration: 570-362-8727.


Salt Springs State Park Hike, seven moderate miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 10:45 a.m. Feb. 16. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-288-2733.


Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, a talk by the district’s executive director Nick Spinelli. Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Sponsored by the Lackawanna Audubon Society. 570-586-5156.


Hog Island, a talk by birders Ellie Harding and Sandy Goodwin about their experiences at the Joy of Birding event at Hog Island in Bremen, Maine. Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas. 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Free. 570-479-0400.


Winter Waterfalls, a tour of area waterfalls. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 19. $12. Call to reserve a seat in the van. 570-828-2319.


Harveys Lake Field Trip, a bird-watching event to seek out water fowl and other birds. Meet for breakfast at the Lakeside Skillet, 279 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 22. 570-945-5226.


Family Ice Fishing. Learn the basics, then try your luck on the pond. Equipment provided; no license required. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22. $5 adults; $10 children. Reservations: 570-828-2319.


Birding in the Kirby Park Natural Area, with Bob Wasilewski of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the Nesbitt Park boat launch near First Avenue and Pierce Street in Kingston. 8 a.m. Feb. 23. Free. 570-542-5948.


Primitive Fire Building, lessons in building a flint-and-steel fire, a bow-drill fire and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23. $5. 570-828-2319.


Beltzville State Park Hike, six moderate miles at Wild Creek Cove. Meet at the Sears Automotive Center parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 11:45 a.m. Feb. 23. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-825-7200.


Sunday for Singles, a guided hike to explore nature and meet new friends. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23. Free. 570-828-2319.


Middle Creek Field Trip. Travel with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society to the Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Management Area to view thousands of snow geese and tundra swans along with songbirds and raptors. March 1. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre at 7:30 a.m. or at Perkins Restaurant, Route 93, West Hazleton at 8 a.m. $5. 570-639-5785.


Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a talk and presentation of live specimens with naturalist Rick Koval. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. March 8. Free. 570-996-1500.


Nature in Costa Rica, a talk sponsored by the Lackawanna Audubon Society. Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton. 2:30 p.m. March 16. 570-586-5156.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Snowshoe Loaner Program. Free snowshoes are available for use in the park when there is at least six inches of snow cover. Drivers license required. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. Through March 28. 570-676-3428.


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