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May 1, 2014

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---- — Lions host fishing derby

Derry’s Lions Club hosts its annual Kids Fishing Derby Saturday, May 3, at Hood Pond.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Fishing starts at 8 a.m. and ends at noon for ages 2 up to 15 years of age.

Entrance to the derby is free, but donations are welcome to defray the cost of stocking the pond.

Ribbons will be given to participants and trophies will be awarded to top anglers in different age groups.

Learn all about the natural world

CONCORD — Spring is a great time to get out and learn about wildlife and nature. Following is a roundup of workshops and talks that are open to the public, sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and its partners.

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering a GPS workshop at Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord on Tuesday May 6. In the morning, get up and running with handheld GPS receivers. In the afternoon, learn how to bring data into Google maps and upload features from those maps into a GPS. For more information and to register, visit wildnh.com/Newsroom/2014/Q2/GPS_workshop_042514.html.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Reptile and Amphibian Reporting Program will be the topic of a spring Citizen Science lecture on Wednesday, May 7, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Fish and Game Department. Biologist Michael Marchand will summarize the reptiles and amphibians that are found in New Hampshire and discuss how citizens can become involved in tracking their distribution and abundance. Visit wildnh.com/Newsroom/2014/Q2/RAARP_Citizen_Science_Talk_042514.html.

Folks who may be interested in getting into hunting, and those who share the woods with hunters and are interested in learning more about this outdoor pursuit, should check out a free workshop from noon to 5 p.m. on May 10 at Camp Wah-Tut-Ca, 292 Blakes Hill Road, Northwood. The workshop will be led by habitat biologist Jim Oehler and Tom Flynn. Visit wildnh.com/Newsroom/2014/Q2/hunting_workshop_Northwood.html.

Cycle the Seacoast supports clean air

PORTSMOUTH — The American Lung Association of the Northeast, with more than 300 participants and 100 volunteers, will launch the fifth anniversary Cycle the Seacoast Sunday, May 4. Participants cycle 25, 50 or 100 miles along the seacoast to fight lung disease and support clean air.

The 100-mile riders take off at 7 a.m., followed by the 50-mile riders at 8 a.m. and the 25-mile riders at 9 a.m.

Cyclists will take off from and return to Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, which is hosting both the start and finish line at this year’s event.

For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association has been at the forefront in the Fight for Air. All proceeds from Cycle the Seacoast directly fund lung disease research, advocacy, and education; including COPD/asthma management, smoking cessation programs, and advocacy for stronger clean air standards.

Report those striped bass catches online

DURHAM — This time of year, striped bass are starting to arrive in New Hampshire’s coastal waters. To help state and federal fisheries biologists assess the status of the striped bass population each year, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department asks striper anglers to participate in a Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey.

With Fish and Game’s new online survey, it’s easier than ever to take part. Visit fishnh.com/marine/striper_survey.html to complete the survey each time you fish for striped bass in New Hampshire waters.

Volunteer angler survey participants are asked to measure each fish they catch. The survey is the only method Fish and Game currently has to get length measurements on fish that are released.

The annual striped bass survey has been ongoing since 1993. The information collected is used in the annual coast-wide stock assessment for striped bass.