Recreation and outdoors calendar

Yellow perch

Monday, Feb. 27: Tim Campbell will discuss yellow perch when he addresses the Perry Hall chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Gunpowder VFW Post 10067, 6309 Ebenezer Road. Visitors welcome. Details: Call Joe Zinner at 410-256-5641.


Angler's Night Out

Tuesday, Feb. 28: Angler's Night Out, hosted by Boatyard Bar & Grill, CCA MD and Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Feature film is "Best of the 2016 Drake Video Awards." Happy hour and appetizer specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., film starts at 7 p.m. Boatyard Bar & Grill, 4th Street & Severn Ave., Eastport.


Striper fishing seminars

Saturday, March 4: Tri-State Marine Tackle's "Striper Fishing Seminars" will include Richie Gaines on light tackle fishing and Capt. Wayne Morgan on live lining & trolling. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $30 per person, includes lunch. Details: Call Dawn at 410-867-2398.

By all accounts, Bealmear was obsessive to a fault — a trait that stood him well in the sport of skeet shooting.

All about herbs

March 11: Learn how to plant an herb garden from noon to 2 p.m. at the Carrie Murray Nature Center. You might even leave with an herb plant, some seeds, or both. $3 per person. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

Striper fishing

March 14: Local fisherman and author Shawn Kimbro will speak at a meeting of the Northwest chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. He'll discuss "Amplitude and Frequencies," and present advanced tips and techniques for light-tackle striper fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. The meeting will be held at the Patapsco Council No. 1960 Knights of Columbus Hall at 1010 Frederick Road in Catonsville. Please use the Beaumont Avenue (side) entrance. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting will start at 7:30. Admission is free, and visitors are welcome. Details: Contact Mark DeHoff at mcdehoff@netzero.com.

Spa Creek Conservancy has received a $2.8 million grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund to restore the headwaters.

Lefty Kreh TieFest

March 18: The Lefty Kreh TieFest will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kent Narrows Yacht Club. More than 30 tiers will demonstrate fly patterns, there will be casting demonstrations, and shops and equipment manufacturers will show off products. There will be tying classes for children and novice tiers. Admission is $10 for adults, and free for children 16 and under. Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser are among those committed to attend. Details: See the TieFest Facebook page.

Gwynns Falls hike

March 18: Meet at the Gwynns Falls Trail Head, 4600 N. Franklintown Road for a noon-2 p.m. hike. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

“I know it sounds like a cliché,” says Scott McDaniel, 34, “but the idea for the Susquehannock Wildlife Society really did happen around a campfire.”

Murray Center cleanup

March 25: Help clean up the Carrie Murray Nature Center in Leakin Park from 9 a.m. to noon.


Hunting dinner

March 25: The third annual Hunting Legacy Dinner & Benefit, hosted by the Maryland Hunting Coalition, will be noon to 4 p.m. at Martin's Westminster. Tickets at mdhuntingcoalition.org.

Members of far Western Maryland's House delegation are asking lawmakers to extend the same level of protection to bees against bears that it now gives calves, goats, chickens and other animals. Individuals are now exempt from the state's bear-hunting laws when they are defending themselves, other people and livestock.

Angler's Night Out

March 28: Angler's Night Out, hosted by Boatyard Bar & Grill, in cooperation with CCA MD and Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Feature film is "Providence." Happy hour and appetizer specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., film starts at 7 p.m. Boatyard Bar & Grill, 4th Street & Severn Ave., Eastport.

Fools for Fitness

April 1: Baltimore City Recreation & Parks' first 5K of the season, Fools for Fitness, will be held in Druid Hill Park. All proceeds go toward city-wide park programming. Each race costs $5. T-shirts are available for an additional $15. For a full list of races and a registration link, go to bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/5KSeries.

Earlier in the season, my schedule didn't permit much waterfowl hunting but with the long running resident Canada goose season, I knew it was time to change

Wild images

April 1: Take pictures of resident injured and orphaned birds in natural settings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carrie Murray Nature Center. $35 per photographer, $15 for photography classes and clubs. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

Bay Bridge Boat Show

April 21-23: For details about the Bay Bridge Boat Show, go to annapolisboatshows.com/bay-bridge-boat-show.

If past is prologue then it's not too far afield to wonder if some outdoors programs could potentially face the budgetary knife.


April 22: Clean up litter from the trails and stream at Carrie Murray Nature Center, then use some of what you collect to make litterbugs. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

Earth Day hike

April 22: Pick up trash while being led on a hike by a naturalist from noon to 2 p.m. at the Gwynns Falls Trail Head, 4600 N. Franklintown Road. Free. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

Some of the Chesapeake Bay's most densely populated oyster sanctuaries could be opened to periodic harvesting under a plan state officials floated this week, renewing a conflict between environmentalists and watermen.

Hug a tree

April 29: For Arbor Day, do bark rubbings, make a "hand tree," earn certificates by taking a tree pledge and give a tree a hug from noon to 2 p.m. at Carrie Murray Nature Center. Free. Please register. Details: carriemurraynaturecenter.org, 410-396-0808.

Soccer tournament

April 29-30: Central Maryland Soccer Association will sponsor the 20th annual Old Line State Soccer Classic in Jarrettsville. The event is U.S. Soccer Federation-sanctioned through the Soccer Association for Youth. All eligible teams participating in will receive GotSoccer Points. Single-age level competition is available for U8 through U15 and the dual ages of U16 and U18; the competition for U8 thru U10 is 7v7, for U11 & U12 is 9v9, and for 11v11 for U13 and older. All teams are guaranteed three games in a round-robin or championship bracket format. An organizational multiple team discount is available. The registration deadline is April 15. For details, go to cmsasoccer.com or email scorenews@aol.com.

In the middle of winter, Rob Coyne and his friends were at the one place most golfers would least expect: the tee box.

Staring down hole No. 6 at Mount

Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk

April 30: The Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The race honors the memory of Thompson, a first-year HCC student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. Proceeds will benefit scholarships supporting students attending the school. On-site race registration will take place in the Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gym beginning at 6:30 a.m. To register online and for more details, go to harford.edu/adam. For additional information, call 443-412-2449.

Brigance 5.7K event

April 30: The Brigance Brigade Foundation's fourth annual 5.7K Championship Race & 1.57 Mile Family Run/Walk will celebrate the kickoff of ALS Awareness Month (May) and the 10-year anniversary of former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance's ALS diagnosis (May 16). The family-friendly event at Canton Waterfront Park will feature a timed 5.7K run, a 1.57-mile family run/walk and a Kid's Fun Run for children 8 and under. Proceeds will further the foundation's mission to equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS by providing access to needed equipment, resource guidance and additional support services. Details at BriganceBrigade.org.


While we await the yellow perch run to kick off in earnest, what say we give some love to that other delightful panfish, the black crappie? True, there are white crappie in Chesapeake streams and ponds but they're not nearly as common in the upper tidal waters that I gravitate toward.

Chesapeake championship


May 5-7: Save $25 by registering before March for the MSSA's Championship on the Chesapeake. Details at mssa.net.

Small-boat seminar

May 6: The Small Boat Offshore Seminar, hosted by CCA Maryland's Baltimore chapter, will be at Loews Annapolis Hotel at 126 W. St.

At sunset the other day, I followed the flight path of a raptor as it coursed along the Wye River shoreline. It was eyeing up the hundreds upon hundreds of resting fowl bobbing on the water. Staring into the fading light, I mistook it for an osprey for a very brief moment. Wishful thinking? Turns out it was a juvenile bald eagle, one on the small side.

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