The Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show's loss, because of its postponement, is a big gain for the re-start of the Lehigh Valley Sportsman Show (http//.lehighvalleysportsmanshow.com) that will take place March 2-3 at the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
The local show has attracted exhibitors and sponsors who were affected by the recent shutdown of the annual Harrisburg show — the largest consumer-oriented outdoors show in North America — for a big boost heading into the final month before the show restarts.
Cabela's in Hamburg, one of the biggest sponsors to withdraw from the Harrisburg show over controvery with the banning of the display of certain types of guns (others soon followed, resulting in the decision to 'postpone the event), has signed on as a giveaway sponsor, and Blaine Mengel Jr. and partner Chris Manley of the Backwoods Angler will be on hand both days, according to Dennis E. Brozey, president of PBM Productions Inc.
"The original L.V. Sportsman Show had a great tradition in the Lehigh Valley area and Cabela's is very excited to be a part of the new show," said Cabela's spokesman Harold Luther, an Allentown native. "Everyone that attends the show will have the chance to enter to receive free Cabela's merchandise through various events and drawings put on by the show. Attendees will also receive special Cabela's discount coupons that can be redeemed at the Hamburg store.
"The weekend of the show also coincides with one of Cabela's biggest sales and events of the year, Cabela's "Spring Great Outdoor Days." This gives the avid outdoorsman the opportunity to spend the entire weekend visiting the show and the Hamburg store in order to get geared up for the upcoming spring fishing and hunting seasons."
Camp Compass and Two Million Bullets, inner-city outreach programs pioneered by Allentown middle school teacher John Annoni to teach children about our outdoors heritage as well as the dangers inherent in lack of respect and accountability, will also be at the Allentown show.
In addition, Brozey said in an email that many more outfitters, including at least one from Africa, have signed on for the show since the Harrisburg show's postponement.
The show is scheduled to run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Tickets are $10. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free of charge, and parking is free. For more information, go online to the show's website.
Bluebird and barn owl nesting boxes: The Lehigh Valley Audubon Society is holding a free community program at 7 p.m. Friday at Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchard Place, Emmaus.
Scott Burnet will teach about bluebird and barn owl nest boxes — including construction, husbandry, and a primer on both birds. Burnet has been building and monitoring nest boxes in three counties for more than 35 years.
To find out more abut LVAS and its free activities, go online to the group's website at http://www.lehigh.edu/lvas or to its Facebook page.
Trapping reminder: If you're participating in trapping, please remember to check your traps every 36 hours. Kevin Halbfoerster, the Pennsylvania Game Commision's Wildlife Conservation Officer for Lehigh County, charged an unnamed juvenile for not properly tending his traps within the allotted time frame.
Wildlife Leadership Academy seeks participants: Teenagers 14-17 are eligible to attend the Wildlife Leadership Academy, an educational program designed to help youths become leaders in wildlife conservation efforts. Adult mentors are also needed.
The program is a joint effort led by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education, with instructors from government agencies, nonprofits and universities including Kutztown University, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania State University, Quality Deer Management Association, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Two field schools focus on different areas of wildlife. The June 18-22 program at Stone Valley Recreation Area in Petersburg, Huntingdon County, is called Pensylvania Bucktails and focuses specifically on white-tailed deer. The Pennsylvania Brookies program July 9-13 at the Sieg Conference Center in Hermitage, Clinton County, focuses on brook trout and coldwater fisheries.
"The high caliber and sheer number of conservation professionals who are involved as instructors in this program are beyond impressive, but more than that is the commitment of time, energy and passion that each of these instructors gives to the students," said ecologist and instructor Lisa Smith.
"We hope these youths will inspire others to care more and therefore act more on behalf of the environment," said academy director Michele Kittell. The participants are "the next generation to speak for wildlife conservation," she added.
Applications for both programs are available online at http://www.PICEweb.org. Youth applications must be submitted by April 1, and adult mentor applications must be submitted by March 1. Participating teachers will receive room and board and 40 hours of Act 48 credits. For more information, contact Michele Kittell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-245-8518.