Outdoors-related clubs and organizations can submit items to be considered for publication in the “Outdoors Notebook” by emailing to sports@newsitem.com. Schuylkill TU lists free fly-tying classes A series of eight free, fly-tying classes will be held by Schuylkill County Chapter of Trout Unlimited beginning Thursday, Jan. 3, and continuing through Sunday, March 3. All materials, including vises, will be furnished and refreshments are available by donations. Classes are scheduled for: Thursday, Jan. 3, 6-8 p.m., Sweet Arrow Lake, Pine Grove; Thursday, Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m., Sweet Arrow Lake, Pine Grove; Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m., Sweet Arrow Lake, Pine Grove; Sunday, Feb. 3, 1-4 p.m., Schuylkill Haven Recreation Center, Schuylkill Haven; Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-4 p.m., South End Field and Stream, Whippoorwill Dam, Frackville; Saturday, Feb. 16, 1-4 p.m., Friedensburg Fish and Game, Friedensburg; Sunday, Feb. 24, 1-4 p.m., Tamaqua Arts Center, Tamaqua; Sunday, March 3, 1-4 p.m., Valley View Gun Club, Valley View. Additional information is available by contacting Bruce Herb at 570-573-7076 or wetflyguy@comcast.net and Tony Mione at 717-979-0235 or tonymione@outlook.com. Eagle Cam back for fifth season For the fifth season the live stream from a bald-eagle nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover is underway with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary joining HDOnTap and Comcast Business as a partner in the project. In November the Pennsylvania Game Commission awarded a permit to HDOnTap to manage the cameras at the nest and live stream the action. In the live stream’s first four seasons the PGC had secured permission for audio and video equipment and components to be installed at the Hanover nest and the 24-7 live stream was made possible through services donated by HDOnTap and Comcast Business. This year, HDOnTap secured the permit after the agency decided it would explore a new live stream opportunity envisioned to launch early next year. It is the second time a PGC live stream from a bald eagle nest was adopted by a private partnership. The agency’s first Eagle Cam in Pittsburgh was continued in its second and subsequent years by PixController and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. In the inaugural run of the Pittsburgh live stream and the first four seasons of the Hanover live stream the PGC had provided the project’s primary educational component, with the agency working to explain wildlife behavior viewers see while watching and answer their questions. This season Hawk Mountain has taken over that role. Hawk Mountain and HDOnTap will work together to help educate live stream viewers through a blog to be updated and posted bi-weekly during peak nesting season. “HDOnTap is thrilled to be partnering with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, leaders in raptor conservation science and education, on the new Hanover Bald Eagle Blog,” HDOnTap co-founder Tiffany Sears said. “We hope this adds to the live cam viewing experience.” Sharing in that enthusiasm is Hawk Mountain Sanctuary president Sean Grace, who called the venture a “win-win” project. “When you can show close-up footage of nesting bald eagles and their young, you’re going to get people hooked on raptors,” Grace said. “That’s exactly what we’re doing. “HDOnTap provides the footage and Hawk Mountain shares the science and expertise behind what the eagles are doing and why. “This is yet another wonderful partnership. Learning and sharing about raptors is exactly what we do best.” To view the live stream, access the HDOnTap website at www.hdontap.com. Meanwhile, the PGC still is finalizing plans for its next live stream, which it hopes to announce in the coming weeks. ETO presents annual program of Christmas music News-Item outdoors writer Doyle Dietz presents his annual program of Christmas music today on “Experience The Outdoors,” winner of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association award for best outdoors radio program, 7-7:30 a.m. on WLSH 1410-AM, and 9:30-10 a.m. on Magic 105.5-FM.; and downloaded on wmgh.com. This week’s events Thursday: Trap, youth 5-6 p.m.; adult, 6-9 p.m.; Orwigsburg Gun Club, Gun Club Road, off Route 443 East, Orwigsburg; email grsmmyminch@gmail.com for information. Friday: Friedensburg YHEC meet and greet registration, 6-8 p.m., Friedensburg Fish and Game, 169 Stone Mountain Road, Pine Grove. Trap practice, 6:30 p.m., Keystone Fish and Game, Irish Valley Road, Shamokin; call 570-274-5834 or 570-648-0084 for information. Sunday, Dec. 30: Grade Grinder hike, 1-4 p.m., meet at Wal-Mart parking lot, 500, Terry Rich Blvd., St. Clair. — Compiled by Doyle Dietz

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