RESOLUTIONS: "We must do better," President Clinton likes to say. Every New Year brings promises. Here are some we make--year after year after year:
When white-water boating, lean downstream.
When deer hunting, stay in the stand until 10 a.m.
When bird hunting, get your cheek on that gunstock.
When spin fishing, put on new monofilament.
When fly-rodding, wait on the back-cast.
When hiking, oil your boots.
When boating, wear sunblock.
When sailing, clean the bottom.
BIRDING: The Audubon Society's Christmas bird counters will be out again today in Bowie, Loudoun County, Manassas/Bull Run and Bombay Hook, Del. On Tuesday, veteran counter Jay Sheppard will lead his annual trek to Ocean City (call 301-725-5559 to join) and on Wednesday, Chandler Robbins will lead a group to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (301-725-1176).
WALK IT OFF: Hikers can join the Wanderbirds Hiking Club on a circuit hike from Key Bridge to Chain Bridge and back today; meet at the Rosslyn Metro stop at 10 a.m. The cost is $2.
KAYAK POLO?: An outfit called the Baltimore-Washington Kayak Polo Club is organizing games on Saturday and Sunday evenings at local pools. Beginners are welcome. For details, e-mail email@example.com
TROUBLE IN PARADISE: The Izaak Walton League maintains that pollution from coal-burning power plants is the greatest threat to national parks. IWLA specifically cites Shenandoah National Park, which it says records the highest loads of sulfur pollution of any national park and where it says visibility has been cut to one-fourth of its natural range in the past 50 years. The report and a petition asking Congress to update coal-burning plants can be reviewed on the Internet at www.iwla.org
FUN IN SUN: Organizers are expecting more than 240 entries from 13 nations for the 13th annual Yachting-Key West Race Week, Jan. 17 to 21. The most popular big-boat regatta in the East draws a number of Chesapeake Bay entries.