Outdoors Listings: July 8 to 14, 2015

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Get ready for some ‘Close Encounters with Birds of Prey’ as Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center visits the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock on July 11.

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    Get ready for some ‘Close Encounters with Birds of Prey’ as Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center visits the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock on July 11.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_7.10-Outdoors-Raptors-at-Dietrich1.jpgGet ready for some ‘Close Encounters with Birds of Prey’ as Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center visits the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock on July 11.

    THIS WEEK: July 8 to 14, 2015

    Milkweed, Monarchs and More, a program on the future of the monarch butterfly with Master Gardener Roberta Troy. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. July 8. 570-474-9313.

    Hiking Series, an easy three miles on State Game Lands 40 at Francis E. Walter Dam. Followed by a pot-luck picnic. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 9 a.m. July 9. Free. 570-403-2006.

    Yoga at Salt Springs, for all ages and levels. Salt Springs State Park, 2305 Salt Springs Road, Franklin Forks. 6 p.m. July 9. $5. 570-967-7275.

    Discover Bugs, a summer nature walk to search for various insects including grasshoppers, damsel and dragonflies and butterflies. Included: how to identify Lyme ticks from other ticks and prevent them from biting. Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, Route 171 and Stack Road, Thompson. 10 a.m. July 11. Free. 570-727-3362.

    Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, live raptors including a golden eagle, peregrine falcon, saw whet owl and more brought by Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. July 11. Free. 570-996-1500.

    Frog Frolic, a fun afternoon learning about frogs while catching and releasing them at ponds and streams. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 11. $5. 570-828-2319.

    Birds and Blooms Along the Borders, a hike along the roadway edges to seek out birds and flowers. Meeet below the butterfly garden at Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 2 p.m. July 11. 570-696-9105.

    Amazing Eagles, a talk on the success story of the reintroduction of the bald eagle with Bill Williams of the Pennsylvania Game Commissionn. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 8 p.m. July 11. 570-696-9105.

    Historic Kayak Trip, a five-hour river trip from West Falls to West Pittston with stops at one of the river islands for a history talk by Jan Lokuta and at the archaelogical dig site at Coxton Yard for a tour and lunch. Meet 9 a.m. July 12 at the Water Street Bridge in West Pittston. Reservations: 570-746-9140 or 570-388-6107. $65 single; $80 tandem; $25 with your own watercraft (includes lunch). Information at greaterpittstonhistory.org.

    Frances Slocum State Park Hike, four easy miles followed by blueberry picking at Smith’s Farm and a cookout. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming. 12:45 p.m. July 12. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 570-855-9896.

    Cranberry Bog Walk. Traverse the floating platforms of the northern boreal bog to study its flora and fauna on this 2.5-hour guided tour. Tannersville Cranberry Bog, 166 Cherry Lane Road. 1 p.m. July 12. $6. Registration: 570-629-3061.

    Sunday for Singles. Explore nature and meet new people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 12. 570-828-2319.

    Conservation Volunteer Work Day. Help spruce up Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 6 to 8 p.m. July 14. Registration: 570-403-2006.

    Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 50 parks, trails and events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and win prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries. Join anytime by registering at KAZpassport.com or call 570-823-2191.