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Beaver Lake ea­gle watch cruises

Hobbs State Park has of­fered ea­gle watch tours on Beaver Lake for nine years. Ev­ery cruise is dif­fer­ent. Ac­cord­ing to Chelsea Porter, park in­ter­preter, “We have al­ways been lucky see­ing ea­gles on our tours — some ma­ture, some im­ma­ture — and we al­ways see other beau­ti­ful wildlife as well. It could be mi­grat­ing osprey, great blue herons, king­fish­ers, deer, or red­tailed hawks. No one will ever be dis­ap­pointed on our ea­gle tours.” Porter added, “We only take 18 guests at a time, so it’s im­por­tant that folks call the park in a timely man­ner to en­sure that their names get on the board­ing lists.”

Ea­gle cruise dates are: Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25; Dec.1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.

Tick­ets must be pur­chased in ad­vance. Adults are $10 plus tax; chil­dren 6-12 are $5 plus tax. Tours depart Rocky Branch Ma­rina promptly at 3 p.m. on each of the given dates. For more in­for­ma­tion and to make reser­va­tions, call the park at 479-789-5000.

Three loon mi­gra­tion cruises

Hobbs State Park has teamed up with the North­west Ar­kan­sas Audubon So­ci­ety to of­fer mem­o­rable loon mi­gra­tion cruises on Beaver Lake. Each cruise will be led by guides well ex­pe­ri­enced with wa­ter­fowl mi­gra­tion.

The wa­ter­fowl mi­gra­tion will be in full swing dur­ing these cruises. There will be many bird species to see and iden­tify on these cruises. Be­sides com­mon loons, those par­tic­i­pat­ing could see red-throated loons, Pied-billed and horned grebes and, pos­si­bly, western and eared grebes. These trips fall right in the mid­dle of wa­ter­fowl mi­gra­tion and in­clude the pos­si­bil­ity of see­ing 10 or more species of ducks, one to three gull species, and even bald ea­gles. The cruises will ex­plore a loop that starts at Rocky Branch, goes down the lake to­wards Twin Cove, crosses to Lost Bridge-Glade and a lit­tle fur­ther west, then re­turns to Rocky Branch.

This is the last cruise that will leave Rocky Branch Ma­rina at 10 a.m. Sun­day, Nov. 11. These are adult-only cruises with a cost of $10 plus tax per adult (13 years and older). Reser­va­tions are nec­es­sary. For more in­for­ma­tion and to make reser­va­tions, con­tact the park at 479-789-5000.

Wilder­ness first aid course

This two-day course im­merses par­tic­i­pants in ba­sic wilder­ness medicine pro­ce­dures, pre­par­ing in­di­vid­u­als to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion when an out­door ac­tiv­ity doesn’t go as planned and 911 re­spon­ders are hours away. Time is split between in­ter­ac­tive class­room ses­sions and hands-on field sce­nar­ios to pre­pare par­tic­i­pants and help them quickly de­velop ba­sic back­coun­try med­i­cal care skills.

The course fo­cus is on pa­tient as­sess­ment, sta­bi­liza­tion and emer­gency treat­ment of is­sues such as hy­pother­mia and snakebites, as well as un­der­stand­ing when and how to at­tempt evac­u­a­tion. Par­tic­i­pants will emerge ca­pa­ble of calmly re­spond­ing to a wide va­ri­ety of emer­gency sit­u­a­tions af­ter this course.

The in­struc­tor is Tom Bur­roughs, NREMT/EMT-W, of Wash­ing­ton County Search and Res­cue Team. The cer­ti­fy­ing body is ASHI (Amer­i­can Safety and Health In­sti­tute), and the course is ac­cepted by the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica.

This two-day course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, Satur­day, Nov. 24, and Sun­day, Nov. 25, at the Hobbs State Park Vis­i­tor Cen­ter. The cost is $135 per per­son. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. For reg­is­tra­tion and any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, call 479-595-1655 or email Swift­wa­terRes­cue@gmail. com.

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