Every winter, bald eagles fly south from Canada to take up temporary residence at the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area.
All you need to spot them are a pair of legs and binoculars.
Throughout January, the San Joaquin River Parkway is offering public hikes for a chance to glimpse these majestic birds while learning about their life cycles, migration patterns and iconic plumage.
Tours are scheduled Saturday, Jan. 13, Jan. 19 and Jan. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the River Center (11605 Old Friant Road) at 8:30 for a group carpool. Suggested donations are $5 per person. Details: (559) 248-8480, riverparkway.org.
International Sportsmen's Exposition
When: Jan. 10-13
Where: Cal Expo, Sacramento
California's largest assemblage of fishing, hunting and outdoor travel equipment, exhibits and seminars arrives next week.
Times are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 10-11; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 12 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets are $15 for adults, free for children younger than 16. Details: sportsexpos.com.
News & notes
- Visitors to Yosemite's Badger Pass can now get a sneak peek at the current conditions on a new high-definition webcam. Go to yosemitepark.com.
- The Department of Fish and Game's name change became official Tuesday. It is now called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, shortened to CDFW. The new name was mandated by AB 2402, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sept. 25. Many department materials, including signs and uniforms, will continue to bear the old name until supplies run out. Game wardens will be called wildlife officers, at least officially.
- There's no better way to enjoy winter in a national park than taking a ranger-led snowshoe hike. Yosemite offers free two-hour hikes at 10:30 a.m. daily. Meet at the Badger Pass A-Frame; no reservations required. Kings Canyon has snowshoe walks scheduled 10 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. on Jan. 12-13. Reserve a spot by calling (559) 565-4307. Sequoia has one walk scheduled Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. Call (559) 565-4436 for reservations.
- Need a ride to the slopes? Silverado Stages operates a shuttle every Saturday from Herb Bauer Sporting Goods to China Peak and back throughout the 2012-13 season. Times and fees: skibusexpress.com.
- The High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew seeks volunteers for its Jan. 10-12 service project on the Tule River Trail outside Springville. Details: trailcrew.org.