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THIS WEEK: JAN. 23 to 29, 2009

Snowshoe Saturdays. Snowshoes are available for use on a first come, first served basis along with brief instruction when a four-inch or more snow cover is available. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Saturdays through Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 403-2006.

Backyard Birds in Winter. Learn to identify common backyard birds by observation. Also: feeder tips and bird activities for younger visitors. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Saturday, anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 403-2006.

The Wonders of Whitetails, a program about the whitetail deer of Pennsylvania including their growth and changes during the seasons, their survival abilities and the commercial aspects of raising deer. Susquehanna Riverlands, Route 11, Berwick. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to noon. 866-832-3312.

Local Hiking Trails, a talk by Jeff Mitchell, author of “Hiking the Endless Mountains.” Dietrich Theater, 60 East Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Saturday at 11 a.m. Free. 996-1500.

Kirby Park Birding. Seek out winter birds in the Kirby Park Natural Area with the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the Natural Area in Wilkes-Barre near the Market Street Bridge on the west side of the Susquehanna River. Sunday at 8 a.m. 836-1481.

Rails to Trails Hike, eight moderate miles through the trail in Hazleton. Meet at the Park and Ride near Blackman Street in Wilkes-Barre. Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 401-5346.

FUTURE

Winter Eagle Watch. Spend the day at the Eagle Institute observing bald eagles in their winter habitat. Sponsored by the Pocono Environmental Education Center, off Route 209, Dingmans Ferry. Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25. 828-2319 or peec.org.

History of Snowshoes. Learn about the history of these contraptions, then borrow a pair and try them out. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. 403-2006.

Dorflinger Hike, three moderate miles around the Dorflinger Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills followed by an eagle watch on the Lackawaxen River. Meet at the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 North Blakely St., Dunmore. Feb. 1 at 9:15 a.m. 343-5144 or hikingjane.com.

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