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Sunday: South Carolina will offer special waterfowl hunting opportunities to hunters 15 and younger, including access to private and public lands. The young hunters are not required to have the Federal Waterfowl stamp and migratory bird permit. For more details, call (803) 734-3886.

FEB. 20: A dawn walk will be held at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park at 6 a.m. Don't miss the sight of light barely filtering through Spanish moss and the sound of the land coming alive with scampering wildlife, owls, and other birds. Cost is $5 for Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy members, $10 for non-members. Call (706) 828-2109 for details.

TUESDAY: Friends of Mistletoe State Park will hold a new members meeting at 7 p.m. at the park's Beach House. There is no charge to enter the park or attend the meeting. Anyone interested in the park's welfare is encouraged to attend. A signed wildlife art print by Georgia artist Helen Burney Hall will be raffled. The original artwork was the second cover of Quail Unlimited magazine in 1982. Last year, Friends' accomplishments included a sand area for children, fish attractors built and set in place for on-shore fishermen, an amphitheater in the campground, construction and sale of pine and redwood birdhouses, funding of supplies for wildlife programs and work on a low water boat ramp. In addition, many volunteer hours were devoted to assisting park maintenance staff in their diverse efforts. Upcoming projects that will involve volunteers include making more fish attractors from recycled Christmas trees, expansion of the 8-mile Rock Dam Trail and development of two backcountry camp sites along this trail. Call (706) 541-0321 for more details.

FRIDAY THROUGH FEB.14: Georgia Wildlife Federation's Great Outdoors Show will be held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, Perry, Ga. Visit www.gwf.org for details.

SATURDAY: Augusta-Aiken Audubon will offer a trip to Silver Bluff ponds at 9 a.m. Participants will also take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count and record their sightings. Field trips are open at no charge to all chapter members and the public E-mail eugenefhoward@bell south.net for more details.

FEB. 16: The Sierra Club's Savannah River Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, Walton Way. The program includes a screening of the DVD Garbage: the Revolution Starts at Home. Visitors are welcome. Contact Judy Gordon, gordonjudith@att.net.

FEB. 20: Augusta-Aiken Audubon will offer a trip to Merry Brick Ponds at 9 a.m. Participants will enjoy watching many ducks and waterfowl. Field trips are open at no charge to all chapter members and the public. E-mail eugenefhoward@ bellsouth.net for more details.

MARCH 5: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will score deer antlers from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Wilson's Taxidermy, 158 Victory Lane, Bath, S.C. For more details, call (803) 593-335.

To have your events included in our Outdoors Calendar, e-mail your announcement to rob.pavey @augustachronicle.com.


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