JUST DUCKY: After much confusion last year, public duck hunting off the Potomac's Virginia shore below Wilson Bridge this year will be run by Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which has designated eight sites in the river for floating blinds.
The sites are marked by stakes with numbers on them; four are above Belle Haven Marina at the mouth of the Hunting Creek embayment; the others are below Belle Haven.
The sites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during duck season, which reopens in Virginia Nov. 22. Hunters must provide their own floating blinds, which must be tied to the stakes or to floating buoys the department plans to install soon.
For details on this year's plan, call Virginia officials in Fredericksburg at (703) 899-4169.
WHERE EAGLES FLY: The Raptor Society of Metropolitan Washington will present a talk on bald eagles of the Chesapeake Bay at 8 p.m. Monday at National Wildlife Federation headquarters, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Speaker is Glenn Therres of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources.
ARSTERS: Chesapeake Appreciation Days conclude today at Sandy Point State Park at the western end of the Bay Bridge. Oysters (pronounced "arsters" by natives), crabs, photo contests and entertainment are among attractions. Admission is $5 adults, free for children under 12. Hours are 9-5.
FISH TALK: Maryland fisheries biologist Edward Enamait will discuss reported smallmouth bass declines in the Potomac at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at National Wildlife Federation headquarters, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Call Jon Weimer, (703) 719-9588.
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday fly fisherman Ash Law will talk on Atlantic salmon fishing at the monthly meeting of National Capital Chapter, Trout Unlimited, at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW.