Meadville Tribune

October 16, 2013

Here is your listing of outdoor events and news for the week beginning Oct. 16


The Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — The Crawford County Conservation District holds a “Big Trees Ravine Walk” today from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Greendale Cemetery in Meadville.

Greendale Cemetery ravine is a throwback to an earlier time in Pennsylvania’s forested history and features some of the oldest specimin trees in Crawford County. Meet outside the Randolph Street entrance of the cemetery and accompany Mark Lewis, service forest for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, before heading to the ravine. All children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

More information or to register: Call Kathy Uglow at 763-5269 or visit crawfordconservation.com.



Duane Koller speaks with Waterfowl Expo Chairman Rich Guiney of Ducks Unlimited and a few of the exhibitors through Oct. 26 on Crawford County Outdoors on Armstrong channel 23. A chef will also present a barbecue wild duck recipe for the Waterfowl Expo show.



ESPYVILLE — The Pymatuning Lake Association holds its fall litter pickup on Saturday. The association picks up litter along Route 285 from the causeway to Church Road.

Those who would like to volunteer can meet at the Pymatuning Lake Association Pavilion at the Espyville Boat Launch at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be provided an orange safety vest, gloves and garbage bags. It will take approximately two hours to complete the cleanup with the public’s help.

More information: Call coordinator Jim Slozat at (724) 927-2632 or association president Joel Brown at (724) 927-9493.



SAEGERTOWN — Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center invites public of all ages to meet live raptors at its free annual open house on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at 21601 Stull Road.

Non-releasable “education” hawks, owls and falcons will be presented “on the glove” by handlers for the public to view up close and personal. Children’s crafts, tours of the admissions facilities and refreshments will be provided.

There will be a silent auction; T-shirts, wildlife photos and center memberships will be available for purchase. The center’s licensed rehabilitators, educators and volunteers will be onsite to answer questions and discuss exciting successes of the past year. Visitors are also invited to suggest a name for Tamarack’s newest education bird, a red-phase Eastern Screech Owl.

Tamarack Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to care of injured wildlife in order to return them to the wild and to promoting appreciation and understanding of wildlife through education.

More information: Visit tamarackwildife.org or call 763-2574.



JAMESTOWN — Turkey shoots take place Sunday and Oct. 27 at Jamestown Masonic Hall, 4301 Route 322. Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and the first shoot is at 1.

More information: Call Ron Callen at (724) 932-5661.



CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Springs Rod & Gun Club holds Sunday turkey shoots on Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, 10 and 17. All shoots begin at 1 p.m. on the club’s grounds on Route 99 — one mile north of Cambridge Springs.



HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) encourages parents to sign up their 10- to 15-year-old son or daughter for required snowmobile safety classes in time for the next snowmobiling season. In conjunction with the PSSA’s PA Powersports Show at the Lebanon Expo Center, Pennsylvania’s snowmobile safety course is Oct. 26 at the Lebanon County Cooperative Extension office, which is located at 2120 Cornwall Road.

Pennsylvania’s Snowmobile Law requires youngsters between the ages of 10 to 15 to earn a safety certificate before they may lawfully operate a snowmobile in the state, except upon lands owned or leased by their parent or legal guardian. The course content will cover winter clothing, machine safety, and snowmobile laws and regulations. Class participants qualify for their certificate by completing their workbooks and achieving a score of 80 percent or better on the final examination.

Parents are to accompany their children to registration so that the required forms may be completed. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; class starts at 8 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Enrollment for the course is limited to a maximum of 60 students and parents are requested to pre-register their children.

More information or to pre-register: Call (888) 411-PSSA (7772) or visit pasnow.org.



COCHRANTON — The Cochranton Sportsmans Club holds a turkey shoot on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. at the group’s clubhouse. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $3 per shot.

The club also holds open-to-the-public trap practice every Sunday except for the third Sunday of the month. This is a year-round event.



ERIE — A “Brews for Birds” fundraiser is Nov. 2 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive.

Music will be provided by Salmon Frank. Taste beers from Voodoo Brewery of Meadville and sample wines from Blue Iris Winery of North East. Snacks and appetizers will also be provided.

Play some games for a chance to win prizes. Cost is $20. Tickets are available at Wild Birds Unlimited in Village West in Erie, at the Audubon Pennsylvania office at 301 Chestnut St. in Meadville, or at the door. Brews for Birds is sponsored by the Presque Isle Audubon Society along with Audubon PA and benefits bird research and banding at Presque Isle State Park.

More information: Call 333-1170.



Public trap practice

held on Sundays

SAEGERTOWN — The Saegertown Sportsmen’s Club is holding open-to-the-public trap practice on Sundays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

There will be no shoots on the third Sundays of the month.

More information: Call 763-3773.