Birds -- Artist Ernie Muehlmatt is showing his life-size and miniature wooden sculptures of birds (one of which is shown above) at Patuxent Research Refuge's John Hollingsworth Art Gallery in the National Wildlife Visitor Center until early next month. During a 25-year career, he has made more than 6,000 carvings of songbirds, wildfowl and birds of prey. Showing with him is sculptor and painter John Neal Mullican, a featured sculptor/carver at the Chesapeake Wildlife Art Expo, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and other venues. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The visitor center is off Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel. 301-497-5763, or http:--patuxentfws.gov.