Meadville Tribune

Outdoors

August 8, 2013

Here is your guide to upcoming outdoors events across the area

SANDY LAKE, Mercer County — SANDY LAKE — A free, open-to-the-public Family Paddling Program skill-building event presented by the state Fish & Boat Commission is set for M.K. Goddard State Park on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

This program is designed for families with children age 8 and older who are new to paddling. Participants will learn about regulations, equipment, and paddling safety skills during a brief on-shore lesson. The remainder of this four-hour program will take place on the water in canoes and kayaks practicing paddling strokes, self rescue and other safety skills.

All canoes, kayaks, paddles and personal floatation devices will be provided. Participants must come prepared to get wet and bring water, snacks, sun block, sunglasses and snug-fitting foot protection (no flip-flops permitted). Foot protection and life jackets must be worn at all times

Pre-registration is required and will be accepted until Friday. Space is limited.

n More information or to pre-register, go to fishandboat.com and select “Calendar of Events.”

ERIE — A shorebird workshop at Presque Isle State Park is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting in Room 108 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

The free workshop consists of presentations titled Species of Greatest Conservation Need, Shorebirds, Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery, and Piping Plover Habitat Enhancement.

There will be a break for lunch followed by an afternoon session consisting of a field trip of the participant’s choice. Field trip one is a 4-mile round-trip hike out to Gull Point, which is the site of Piping Plover habitat work. Field trip two is a shorter hike to potential shorebird habitat. For the field trip portion of this workshop please consider bringing binoculars, a light snack, water/drink, sunscreen, and bug repellent.

Participation is limited to 25 people who register on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event was organized by the state Game Commission in conjunction with Audubon Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Presque Isle Audubon, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

n To register: Contact Stacy Wolbert at stwolbert@pa.gov or (814) 226-4348.

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