BEST BET Monday
Keith Kaufman, writer for The Fisherman magazine, will discuss flounder fishing techniques at the monthly meeting of the Perry Hall Chapter of Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, 7:30 p.m., American Legion Post 130, 8666 Silver Lake Drive. Details: 410-828-0575.
Learn the basics of animal tracking at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, 11704 Fenno Road, Upper Marlboro, and hear the story of how our ancestors used tracking methods for survival, 2 p.m. Free. Details: 301-888-1410.
Saturday Owl prowl at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, 5100 Deer Park Road, Owings Mills. Program at 8 p.m. includes a hike and a presentation by DNR's Scales & Tales staff. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. For ages 7 and up. Cost: $5 a person. To register: 410-461-5005.
Easy, four-mile hike near the Loch Raven overlook with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Details: 410-592-2319.
Saturday Moderately paced hike of eight miles in Patuxent River Park near Bowie with the Mountain Club of Maryland. Hike includes field and forest trails, some bushwhacking and lunch beside a pond. Details: 410-721-1106 (before 9 p.m.)
PUBLIC MEETINGS Thursday
Meeting of the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI), 6 p.m., DNR headquarters, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. Details: 410-260-8289.
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