On Centre: Bald Eagle Area | State park offering events to round out summer

August 6, 2013 

If you’re in the dark about fishing, fishing in the dark probably isn’t for you.

But if you love feeling a tug on your line, and can handle a kayak, then Bald Eagle State Park has a shadowy evening planned.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16, the park will hold a night kayak fishing event on Sayers Lake. After a safety meeting and fishing strategy session at the park office, the park naturalist will lead an expedition for bass, crappie and catfish as the sun sets.

Intended for advanced kayakers, the program requires preregistration by Aug. 15. Participants must be at least 14. Using a park kayak will cost $4; otherwise, there’s no charge — even for fishing equipment that’s available upon request.

It’s just one of the many events the park has scheduled for the dog days of summer.

On Friday, a program and film at the Environmental Learning Center will help commemorate the 100th anniversary of elk reintroduction in Pennsylvania. Starting at 7 p.m., a brief talk about the elk and their history in the state will precede a screening of the movie “Pennsylvania Elk — Reclaiming the Alleghenies.”

Unfortunately, there won’t be any live examples — unlike the presentation on Saturday.

Snakes will be the topic of the night from 7-8 p.m. at the Russell P. Letterman Campground Amphitheatre. Michelle McCloskey, from Black Moshannon State Park, will discuss their ecological importance, with several reptiles in attendance for audience members to observe up close.

One day after the night fishing on the lake, another park event will imagine if the lights went out for good.

For the park’s first Survivalist Day on Aug. 17, park naturalists will lead four hourlong classes teaching handy skills for living without power.

At 2 p.m., the topic will be survival string, followed by ancient fire at 4 p.m., wild edibles at 6 p.m. and flint knapping at 8 p.m. All of the classes meet at the Environmental Learning Center.

None of them, however, covers dining on snakes.

Preregistration is recommended. To register for a class or any of the other events this month, call the park at 625-2775.

Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email crosenbl@centredaily.com or call 231-4620.

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