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THIS WEEK: FEB. 4 to 10, 2011

Bird Identification for Beginners, a three-part series with lively and informative visuals and interactive discussions. Sponsored by the Endless Mountains Nature Center at the Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon through Feb. 18. Free. Reservations: 836-3835.

Eagles Mere Toboggan Slide, a downhill quarter-mile track onto the frozen lake. Off Lake Street in Eagles Mere. In operation (weather permitting) Fridays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15 per hour for six-man sled; $20 eight-man. Proceeds benefit the local volunteer fire company. Food available. 525-3244.

Eagle Watch II, a trip to the Eagle Institute to observe eagles soaring, feeding and nest guarding. Meet at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a lunch. $25. Registration: 828-2319.

Snowshoe Weekends. Whenever there are six inches or more of snow on the ground, snowshoes and cross-country skis are available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited instruction. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 403-2006.

Cross Country Ski, beginner lessons with skis and shoes provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $20, $10 children. 828-2319.

Quest Winter Festival, winter activities including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mock ice climbing, dog sledding and the universally accessible zip line along with a snowman-building competition, a 3K race and clinics on hypothermia, winter injuries, winter dress and layering. Upper campus of Bloomsburg University. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 389-4323 or buquest.org.

Winterfest 2011, the 9th annual event with snowshoeing, ice fishing, children’s games, a bird walk, a winter wildlife walk and ice-safety demonstrations. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 403-2006.

Rails to Trails Hike, eight moderate miles on the Hazleton trail. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 401-5346.

FUTURE

Eagle Watch, a day trip to the upper Delaware River to search for resident and wintering bald eagles. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $20 includes transportation. Bring a lunch and binoculars. 629-3060.

Whose Track Is That? A winter tracking session to find evidence of squirrels, rabbits, coyotes and bobcats. Susquehanna Riverlands, 634 Salem Blvd., Berwick. Feb. 12, 1 to 3 p.m. Free. 866-832-3312.

Cross Country Ski, beginner lessons with skis and shoes provided. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. $20, $10 children. 828-2319.

Winter Tree Identification, a walk through the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary to identify trees. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. $5. 629-3060.

Tracking on Snowshoes, with members of the Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. Registration: 474-5884.

Sunday for Singles: Eagle Watch, meet new people, explore nature and seek out bald eagles. Pocono Environmental Education Center, Brisco Mountain and Emery roads, Dingmans Ferry. Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $25. Registration (by Feb. 6): 828-2319.

Warrior Run Trail Hike, six easy miles. Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 13 at 11:45 a.m. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.

Winter Bog Walk, a hike into the winter bog environment to explore the plants and animals living there. Cranberry Bog, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 611, Tannersville. Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. $5. Registration: 629-3060.

Get Involved: Great Backyard Bird Count. If you like birds, learn how you can take part in the upcoming Bird Count. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. Registration: 403-2006.

Ski or Tube Free at Camelback Mountain Ski Resort, 1 Camelback Road, Tannersville. One open-to-close lift ticket will be exchanged for the donation of a gently used coat on Tuesday and Thursday. 629-2045.

Vegetable Gardening Basics, a workshop with Penn State Extension Master Gardener Mary Ann Miller. Good Shepherd Church, 87 S. Hunter Highway, Drums. Wednesday at 1 p.m. $5. Reservations: 825-1701.

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