Pennsylvania and Maryland natural resources officials meet with Ruffed Grouse Society representatives Aug. 14 in Annapolis to plan release of 50 pairs of ruffed grouse in Charles County, Md.

The goal, said Jim Farmer of the Society's National Capital Chapter, is to restore the prized game birds to habitat they once prospered in around Zekiah Swamp. "If this works half as well as wild turkey transplanting did in Calvert County," he said, "we'll really have something."

The birds will be trapped in the wild in Pennsylvania and Western Maryland and placed in appropriate cover this fall.


Audi Yachting Race Week returns to Solomons Island this week with close to 100 boats expected to compete. Among entries is a Soviet team from Odessa Marine Institute.

Races run daily, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to about 3. Race headquarters are at Zahnisers Yacht Yard, where professional sailor Martha McKechnie of Newport, R.I., will conduct free racing clinics Monday-Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. For information, call (301) 326-6627.


A free seminar on fall fishing Monday at Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington features talks by the Fishbusters Fishing Club, which runs public fishing trips year-round.

The session runs from 7-8:30 p.m. at 10701 Livingston Rd. Call 292-8333 for reservations.


Despite run-ins with antihunting protesters last year, Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Lorton is planning another archery hunt. Officials say the deer population is more than double what the refuge can handle.

Applicants must mail in by Aug. 25 a three-by-five card with their full name and address with zip code, plus a $5 check or money order made out to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Hunters will be chosen by lottery Sept. 8. Hunting dates are Oct. 15, 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26.

Mail applications to Mason Neck NWR, 14416 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Suite 20A, Woodbridge, Va. 22191.


For the first time since bald eagles were listed as endangered in 1967, over 100 pairs nested in Maryland this year. State biologists counted 132 nesting pairs, of which 92 were successful, raising 164 young.

In 1977, 41 pairs produced just 45 young, but numbers have increased steadily since. Eagles grew scarce in the 1960s, apparent victims of widespread use of the pesticide DDT, which damaged viability of their eggs.


Ocean City's 17th annual White Marlin Open runs all this week at Hog Island Marina, 14th Street and the Bay. Offshore anglers are competing for cash prizes for the biggest white marlin, blue marlin, wahoo, tuna, dolphin and shark. Daily weigh-ins are at Hog Island from about 4-8 p.m.


Some 325 triathletes will convene later this month in Oakland, Md., for the "Best of the West" race -- a half-mile swim, 15 1/2-mile bike ride and four-mile run. The adult event is Aug. 25 followed by a shorter youth event for 7- to 14-year-olds Aug. 26. Phone (301) 387-4282 for registration details.


The most spectacular meteor shower of the year is expected Saturday night from 9-10, and Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary Center in Upper Marlboro is poised and ready. Want to watch? Call 888-1410.


Carol Pelosi of Greenbelt will head to Portugal with the U.S. team next month for the world crossbow championships. Pelosi, women's world champion from 1982 to 1988, was named to the team again after trials in Lancaster, Pa.