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GPS class for boaters
COLUMBIANA -- The Youngstown Power Squadron will present a GPS seminar for boaters at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the BMC Building.
Class manuals for nonmembers cost 25. Instruction is free.
Class size is limited. Call (330) 337-7029 or 726-8534 for more information.
Wild game dinner
BROOKFIELD -- The 20th annual Sportsman Award Dinner featuring wild game will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Yankee Lake Ballroom.
Proceeds will benefit the Brookfield Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Tod Children's Hospital. Tickets are 16.
For corporate table information and tax deductible donations, call Chief Keith Barrett or assistant Chief Hays Montgomery, (330) 448-1000.
Giant pumpkin seminar
CANFIELD -- The Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers will hold its giant-pumpkin growing seminar from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Mill Creek MetroParks McMahon Hall, located on state Route 46 across from the Canfield Fairgrounds.
The class will cover seed selection, soils, fertility, pests, pollination, pruning and irrigation. Several first-year growers have produced pumpkins weighing over 700 pounds.
Club member Monty Wallace of Follansbee, W.Va., grew a pumpkin weighing 1,095 pounds his first year.
The club is considered one of the world's premier giant-pumpkin clubs with more than 300 members. Group members enjoy seminars, summer patch tour and picnic and the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth weigh-off Oct. 6 at the Parks Garden Center.
Last year, the 10 heaviest pumpkins weighed an average of 1,208 pounds.
There is no charge to attend the seminar, and registration is required by calling (330) 533-7278.
Fundraising banquet
AUSTINTOWN -- The Mahoning County Longbeards will sponsor the fifth annual National Wild Turkey Federation Banquet on Feb. 2 at the Saxon Club, Meridian Road.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner set for 7 p.m. to be followed by the live auction at 8.
Various raffles also will be featured as well as a silent auction. Tickets are 50 for adults, 75 for couples and 15 for youths. Sponsor packages also are available.
For tickets or information call John Fromel at (330) 533-6016 or Brian Groubert, (330) 726-8217. Registration deadline is Jan. 27, and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Fishermen's swap meet
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The 22nd annual Fishermen's Swap Meet will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the New Philadelphia Elks Lodge 510, 1180 Union Ave.
Dealers are welcome to sell or trade old fishing tackle.
Admission is 5. Children 7 and under are admitted free. Set-up fee is 30, and reservations are required.
For set-up or more information, call Sam Butt (330) 364-3407.
Winter Fun Days
JAMESTOWN, Pa. -- The Pymatuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club will present Winter Fun Days Feb. 10-11 at Pymatuning State Park near the dam by Beach 2, Shelter 4.
Public can bring used sleds and trailers to sell. A registration fee of 10 will be charged.
Admission to the event is free. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. and lunch starts at 11 a.m.
OHIO
'Wild at Night'
COLUMBUS -- The nocturnal habits of Ohio's wild creatures is the focus of the 2007 Ohio Wildlife Diversity Conference set for March 14 at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Columbus. The conference, "Wild at Night," is open to the public and is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.
& quot;We are presenting new information on the nighttime activities of Ohio wildlife," said Kendra Wecker, ODNR wildlife diversity coordinator. "How these animals live and behave after the sun goes down is a mystery to many people, providing a fascinating topic for exploration at this year's conference."
Author and naturalist Kenn Kaufman will provide the keynote address, speaking on changes in the way people perceive and appreciate the natural world.
For more information or to register for the conference online, go to ohiodnr.com/wildlife/conferences or call 1-800-WILDLIFE. The registration fee before Feb. 23 is 20. After that date the fee is 30.
PENNSYLVANIA
Eagles score big
HUNTINGDON -- Despite the Philadelphia Eagles football team's loss this past weekend, Pennsylvania's bald eagles that winter over at Huntingdon County's Raystown Lake have scored big.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission's annual midwinter eagle survey, which was conducted the week of Jan. 8, produced the highest number of birds sighted since the survey began in 1990.
This year, survey monitors included Southcentral Region Land Management Supervisor Rob Criswell, Southcentral Region Wildlife Management Supervisor Justin Vreeland, Huntingdon County Wildlife Conservation Officer Rod Danley and Southcentral Region Information and Education Supervisor Don Garner.
The team documented a total of 14 birds on a 110-mile trip around the shores of the largest lake totally within Pennsylvania's borders. An additional ground-based survey by Jamie Zambo, Southcentral Region Wildlife Diversity Biologist, on the Raystown Branch and Juniata downstream to Mount Union produced no sightings. Of those 14, seven mature eagles had the characteristic snowy white head and tail feathers. The remaining, classified as sub-adult, are full sized, but possess dull, overall brown feathers. It takes an immature bald eagle at least four years to obtain the well-known adult plumage and sexual maturity.

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