RGS and TU dinners on tap; Eagle documentary at Hawk Mountain

The third annual Conservation and Sportsman's Banquet of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will take place 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Rodeway Inn and Conference Center, 1151 Bulldog Ave. in Allentown.

The Rodeway Inn is just off Route 309 in South Whitehall Township.

Tickets for the dinner are $50 for individuals, $80 for couples and $35 for juniors. Tickets include a year's membership in the Ruffed Grouse Society.

In the spirit of the outdoors, youngsters under the age of 16 who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program, and can verify it, will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult.

Proceeds from the banquet help fund conservation and habitat projects for ruffed grouse and the American woodcock.

For tickets or more information, contact Jim Boburka at 610-882-5977, or by email at: boburkaj@ptd.net.

Forks of the Delaware TU pig roast: The Forks of the Delaware chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding its second annual Pig and Corn Roast at the Riverside Grill, 5801 S. Delaware Drive, Easton, 5-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The all-you-can-eat, fun-filled event is $20 for adults and $10 for children 7-12. Children 6-and-under will be admitted free.

The public is invited. For tickets or more information, contact Thom Beverly at 610-393-6663 or kbeverly@rcn.com; or Joe Baylog at baylogj@gmail.com.

Documentary debuts at Hawk Mountain: To help celebrate the bald eagle recovery in Pennsylvania, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton is premiering the new 22-minute documentary "Pennsylvania Bald Eagles: Celebrating 30 Years of Restoration."

The documentary, released by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will be shown 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Sanctuary Visitor Center. It documents the seven-year restoration project the PGC started in 1983 with the reintroduction of bald eagles after there were just three documented nests and six adult bald eagles in the entire Keystone State.

The game commission recently announced the potential to remove bald eagles from the state's endangered list after four sets of criteria were met for five years. Most impressive, there are now 271 documented nests statewide, including one near Hawk Mountain and three in the Northampton/Lehigh County area.

"Pennsylvania Bald Eagles: Celebrating 30 years of Restoration" has been entered in the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and was filmed and edited by Hal Korber and Tracy Graziano of the PGC.

For more information about Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and its Autumn Lecture Series, go online to http://www.hawkmountain.org or call 610-756-6961.

Chestnut tree planting: The American Chestnut Foundation is making big strides in reviving the iconic American tree that has been decimated by the Asian chestnut blight. Improved crossbreeding techniques have developed a strain of chestnut tree that encompasses the American characteristics of prized hard wood and plentiful fruit with the Asian ability to survive the blight.

The Pinchot Institute will plant one of the blight-resistant American chestnuts 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 as part of ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the donation of Grey Towers in Milford, Pike County, to the public.

Grey Towers is the original home of former two-time Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. A ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at the Grey Tower Amphitheater. The permanent planting will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the location of the original Grey Towers American chestnut tree.

The public is invited free. For more information about the anniversary events and directions, visit http://www.pinchot.org.

gary.blockus@mcall.com

610-820-6782

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