Outdoors Calendar

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All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

SATURDAY: A workshop on basic nature photography, lens choice, film, and composition will be hosted by Ed Belinski at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park from 9-11 a.m. Bring any photography equipment you already have. The natural setting serves as a unique backdrop for breathtaking photos. Contribution: $5 Academy members, $8 Academy non-members. Call (706) 828-2109 to register.

SEPT. 11: Augusta's Quail Unlimited Chapter will hold its annual Fund Raiser Banquet at 6 p.m. at Savannah Rapids Pavilion with drinks, dinner, auctions and other activities. Tickets are $50 or $225 for sponsor tickets. For details or tickets, e-mail Hap Harris at hharris@sbbinsurance.com.

SEPT. 13: Enjoy a crisp fall morning on a walk through the Nature Park as we search for fall migrants as well as arriving winter residents. Many of the birds, known as "confusing fall warblers," are difficult to identify at this time. Join an experienced birder on an adventurous hunt. Cost: $3 for Academy members, $5 Academy non-members. Call (706) 828-2109 to register.

SEPT. 27: Wildwood Park at Thurmond Lake will play host to the Wildwood Sportsman's Festival with "fur, fin and feather" cooking competitions for wild game and fish. Call (706) 541-3761 for more details.

OCT. 11: The Town of Jackson, S.C., will have a fishing tournament at the Aiken County Boat Landing. The contest will include several species of fish. For details, call Lynn Sullivan at (803) 471-9778.

To Submit an item for the Outdoors Calendar, send to: Outdoors Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, Columbia County Office, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 3-B, Evans, Ga., 30809; e-mail to rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com; or fax to (706) 868-9824.

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