Birding tour

Birdwatchers and nature lovers should flock to the Patapsco Valley State Park Saturday for "Winter Waterfowl," a guided tour of the Patapsco River running from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The tour will circle the Halethorpe Ponds, a tidal area of the Patapsco River in which grebes, loons, swans and many species of ducks congregate on open water during the winter. Bring binoculars and field guides.

Participants will meet at the Avalon Visitor Center to carpool to the Halethorpe Ponds. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Call 410-737-0451 to register. The Avalon Visitor Center is in Relay, near Elkridge, at 201 Gun Road. Use the Route 1/South Street entrance.

Horse World Expo

Experts from the equine industry will be on hand to give seminars, lectures and demonstrations at the eighth annual Horse World Expo today through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Topics range from model horse showings for children to farm safety, equine law and liability, and show-ring strategy for competitive riders. The expo will also include daily exhibitions and horse showings. More than 485 booths covering the entire fairgrounds exhibit space will feature a wide selection of equine equipment, gifts and clothing.

Daily general admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 10-14 (children under 10 are admitted free) and includes all seminars and exhibitions. The Maryland State Fairgrounds is near the intersection of York and Timonium roads in Timonium. For more information and a complete listing of events, visit

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