The weather guesser has promised back-to-back days of sunshine and warm temperatures this weekend--how many more of those do we have to look forward to, eh?

Here's five ways to celebrate our liberation:

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1) Be part of the 40th anniversary of Easton's Waterfowl Festival, which runs through Sunday. The festival combines natural and arts and crafts, with antiques and decoys, music, waterfowl calling contest, dog retrieving competitions, raptor and fly fishing demonstrations and lots of food. Ticket prices are $10 and good for all three days; children 12 and under get in free. Since 1971, The Waterfowl Festival has contributed more than $5 million to conservation organizations. For details: http://www.waterfowlfestival.org or 410-822-4567.

2) Before Nuvi, Spot and Google Earth, people trailblazed with compass and map--batteries not included or needed. On Saturday, the rangers at Patapsco Valley State Park will teach you how to use a compass and your wits and eyes to get to anywhere you see on a map. Learn about True North, declination, topographies, landmarks and other key navigational concepts. This is suitable for ages 7 and older. Cost: $2 per person. Save a spot by calling 410-461-5005.

3) Also on Saturday is the state-sanctioned Junior Deer Hunt. Hunters 16 years of age or younger may participate if he or she has a valid state hunting license or is exempt from Maryland hunting license requirements. The young hunter must be accompanied in the field by an unarmed person over 21 who holds a valid Maryland hunting license, or is exempt from hunting license requirements. All deer hunting regulations apply.

4) Once the sun goes down Saturday, join the Westminster Astronomy Club at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, 5100 Deer Park Road in Owings Mills, for an evening of star-gazing. Andromeda and the Leonid Meteor Shower will be visible. The club will supply time machines. The program is free, but donation are welcome. To reserve a place, call 877-794-0606.

5) On Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., meet the staff of the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center at Conowingo Dam on the Harford County side to observe and photograph bald eagles fishing in the Susquehanna River below the dam. Bring your camera and biggest lens, or binoculars, to watch the action. Herons, cormorants, gulls, and vultures also should be abundant. Staff will offer tips on getting the most from nature photography opportunities. Details: 410-612-1688.

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