NEED SEED? Audubon Naturalist Society holds a bird seed sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and next Sunday at Woodend, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, with 20 percent reduction in prices. Bird fanciers say it's important to start feeding birds early to get migrants accustomed to feeder locations before snows arrive.

FALL COLORS: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club has a spectacular midweek hike up Massanutten Mountain scheduled Thursday. Six-mile trek starts at Elizabeth Furnace and winds up at the top with striking views down Fort Valley and Page Valley. Leader is Lee Sheaffer, 540-662-1524.

FREE STATE FISHING: National Capital Chapter of Trout Unlimited has a talk on Maryland trout by Charlie Gougeon of the state Department of Natural Resources at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Patrick's Church, 4700 Whitehaven Pkwy. NW. Call 301-587-4792.

And Maryland Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association has a talk on saltwater flyrodding at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Tawes Building, Taylor Avenue and Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis. Speaker is Joe Cap. Call 301-464-4471.

BARGAIN BOATS: Potomac River Smallmouth Club points out in its newsletter that autumn is a good time to buy used canoes at discount prices from local river outfitters. Among those who sell off boats at the end of the season are: Springriver, 703-241-2818; Downriver, 540-635-5526; River Rental Outfitters, 540-635-5050; Front Royal, 540-635-5440; Massanutten, 540-636-4724; Shenandoah, 540-743-4159, and Clore Brothers, 540-786-7749.