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THIS WEEK: FEB. 4 to 10, 2011

Bird Identification for Beginners, a three-part series with lively and informative visuals and interactive discussions. Sponsored by the Endless Mountains Nature Center at the Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon through Feb. 18. Free. Reservations: 836-3835.

Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide, a downhill quarter-mile track onto the frozen lake. Off Lake Street in Eagles Mere. In operation (weather permitting) Fridays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15 per hour for six-man sled; $20 eight-man. Proceeds benefit the local volunteer fire company. Food available. 525-3244.

Eagle Watch II, a trip to the Eagle Institute to observe eagles soaring, feeding and nest guarding. Meet at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a lunch. $25. Registration: 828-2319.

Snowshoe Weekends. Whenever there are six inches or more of snow on the ground, snowshoes and cross-country skis are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited instruction. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 403-2006.

Cross Country Ski, beginner lessons with skis and shoes provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $20, $10 children. 828-2319.

Quest Winter Festival, winter activities including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mock ice climbing, dog sledding and the universally accessible zip line along with a snowman-building competition, a 5K race and clinics on hypothermia, winter injuries, winter dress and layering. Upper campus of Bloomsburg University. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. 389-4323 or buquest.org.

Winterfest 2011, the 9th annual event with snowshoeing, ice fishing, children’s games, a bird walk, a winter wildlife walk and ice-safety demonstrations. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 403-2006.

Rails to Trails Hike, eight moderate miles on the Hazleton trail. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 401-5346.

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Eagle Watch, a day trip to the upper Delaware River to search for resident and wintering bald eagles. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $20 includes transportation. Bring a lunch and binoculars. 629-3060.

Whose Track Is That? A winter tracking session to find evidence of squirrels, rabbits, coyotes and bobcats. Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. Feb. 12, 1 to 3 p.m. Free. 866-832-3312.

Cross Country Ski, beginner lessons with skis and shoes provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. $20, $10 children. 828-2319.

Winter Tree Identification, a walk through the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary to identify trees. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. $5. 629-3060.

Tracking on Snowshoes, with members of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. Registration: 474-5884.

Sunday for Singles: Eagle Watch, meet new people, explore nature and seek out bald eagles. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25. Registration (by Feb. 6): 828-2319.

Warrior Run Trail Hike, six easy miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 13 at 11:45 a.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.

Winter Bog Walk, a hike into the winter bog environment to explore the plants and animals living there. Cranberry Bog, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 611, Tannersville. Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. $5. Registration: 629-3060.

Get Involved: Great Backyard Bird Count. If you like birds, learn how you can take part in the upcoming Bird Count. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. Registration: 403-2006.

Family Nature Getaway Weekend. Spend Presidents Day Weekend at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Included: cross-country skiing, animal tracking, ice fishing, crafts and campfires. Feb. 18 to 21. $190 includes lodging and meals. 828-2319.

Moonrise Walk, a short hike to a scenic overlook to watch the moon rise over the Delaware River Valley. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 18, 5 to 7 p.m. Free. 828-2319.

Solstice Story Telling. Join Darryl Speicher around a warm fire as the full moon rises to relive the ancient tradition of winter storytelling. Hot chocolate provided. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. $8. 629-3060.

Great Backyard Bird Count. Participate in the event by counting birds at the feeding station or by conducting your own bird count in your backyard for this event sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Feb. 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 403-2006.

Reptiles and Amphibians of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an overview of 44 species of frogs, turtles, salamanders, lizards and snakes with naturalist Rick Koval. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. Free. 996-1500.

Eagles Mere Hike or Toboggan Run, either an easy six-mile hike around the lake or a tobogganing session if the lake is frozen. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Routes 309 and 415, Dallas. Feb. 20 at 7:45 a.m. (if toboggan ride is open) or 11:45 a.m. (if toboggan is closed). Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 655-4979.

Family Ice Fishing Clinic with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Includes instruction, equipment, basic skills and safety. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration: 403-2006.

Nature in Winter, a brief talk followed by a hike to learn about winter’s subtle patterns and rhythms, identify leafless trees and look for animal tracks and signs. Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. Feb. 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free. 866-832-3312.

Cross Country Ski, beginner lessons with skis and shoes provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 27, 1 to 4 p.m. $20, $10 children. 828-2319.

Monuments to Nature: Winter Waterfalls, a tour of area waterfalls. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 26, 1 to 4 p.m. $20. 828-2319.

Beltzville State Park Hike, five moderate miles at Wild Creek Cove. Meet at the Sears Automotive parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, off Route 115, Wilkes-Barre Township. Feb. 27 at 11:45 a.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.

Watersheds & Wildlife of the Pocono Plateau, an illustrated talk showing rare habitats and uncommon plants and animals of the Plateau with naturalist Rick Koval. North Branch Land Trust, 11 Carverton Road, Trucksville. March 17, 7 to 8 p.m. $5, $2 children. Reservations: 696-5545.

Basic Boating Class, a certification course by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission for age 12 and older. Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. March 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration: 866-832-3312.

Apple-Tree Grafting Workshop, with take-home grafted trees. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. March 26, 9 to 11 a.m. $28. Registration (by March 18): 992-6161.

Spring Plant Workshop, how to start spring seedlings indoors and propagate houseplants. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. April 16, 9 to 11:30 a.m. $15. Registration (by April 9): 992-6161.

Spring into Gardening Workshop, an all-day session covering vegetables, garden pests and diseases, native plants, herbs, sustainable lawns, period gardening and new-plant introductions. Also: a plant sale and flea market along with garden-related giveaways. Sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at the Technology Center, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, off Old Route 115, Lehman. April 30, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 825-1701.

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