Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, has received a $6,866 grant from the Gloria M. Young Ornithological Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation to support the care and maintenance of its four resident live raptors: a red-tailed hawk, a screech owl, an American kestrel and a great-horned owl.
While Hawk Mountain is famous as place to watch wild hawks soar during migration, the four captive raptors are used in education programs to teach visiting children and adults about birds of prey, their adaptations and the importance of raptor conservation. Each bird has suffered an injury and been rehabilitated, but the extent of its injuries prevents a successful return to the wild.
"Our birds are now feathered ambassadors for education, and each one makes an immediate and profound impact on children of all ages," Hawk Mountain president Jerry Regan said. "Caring for the birds is a daily necessity and a significant expense, so this grant will make a tremendous difference."
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for experienced hunters and trappers who are interested in becoming volunteer instructors for the agency's basic Hunter-Trapper Education, Successful Bowhunting, Successful Furtaking and the Successful Turkey Hunting courses, as well as future courses under consideration.
Persons who wish to become instructors should be knowledgeable, experienced hunters and trappers and be willing to teach at least one class per year. Classes are held at a variety of locations, such as sportsmen's clubs, fire halls, schools and municipal buildings.
Instructors work with other volunteer instructors, wildlife conservation officers and deputy WCOs to plan and teach classes. Applicants need not be experts in every field of hunting and trapping, and the PGC provides all teaching materials and detailed lesson plans.
All new instructors must have attended and completed a class, as a student, within 18 months prior to or after submitting their application. Also, applicants must pass a background check, assist with at least one student-level class and attend a new instructor training workshop before being certified.
For more information about becoming an instructor, visit the Game Commission's website at www.pgc.state.pa.us or by call the agency's Hunter-Trapper Education Division at 717-787-7015.
A basic kayaking course will be presented Wednesday, July 4, beginning at 10 a.m., at Tuscarora State Park and prepaid registration is required. All equipment is provided, those 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult and there is a maximum weight limit of 275 pounds. For information and registration, call the park office at 570-467-2506 or register in person at the office.
Sunday's edition of "Experience The Outdoors," hosted by award-winning Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association member Doyle Dietz, at 7 a.m. on 1410 WLSH and 9:30 a.m. on Magic 105.5, will feature Hunters United for Sunday Hunting director Kathy Davis.
Capital City Bassmasters of Harrisburg has moved this year's ninth annual Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Bass Classic to Shikellamy State Park, Sunbury. According to tournament chairman Bob Herman, the Saturday, July 14, event is expected to draw a full field of 100 boats because the area of the Susquehanna River is deeper than in Harrisburg, which will allow for the entry of fibreglass bass boats, as well at jet-drive boats.
Fishing will begin at safe light and the weigh-in is 2 p.m. Application forms are on the club website at capitalcitybass.com and information is available by calling Herman at 717-938-8752.
Bear's Head 3-D course is open daily through Friday, Oct. 12, from dawn to dusk daily, except from 2-6 p.m. Sundays, on club grounds located off I-81 exit 134, 148 Lofty Road, Delano. For information, call the association at 570-467-0331.
Schuylkill Spurs Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will meet, Thursday, July 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at 633 Hancock St., McAdoo. For information, call Kevin Titus at 570-668-5903.
Revolver shooters will compete in the 10th Annual ICORE East Coast Regional Championship, Sunday, July 22, at Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club, New Tripoli. This competition is open to both ICORE members and nonmembers.