An Outside-in Experience at the Empire State Plaza

Speaking of fish, the Capital District Fly Fishers, a branch of the Federation of Fly Fishers, will offer fly casting workshops led by John Prokorym. Children 6 and older can take advantage of free fly-tying lessons, and girls can learn how to make earrings with the lines, Masterson said.

Birds of prey are among the other animals that will have a presence at the show. Lorie Westman returns to the show with "Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience," featuring hawks, falcons and owls. Visitors can hold the birds and have their pictures taken with them.

Naturalist Andrew Simmons will also have a bird on hand, a golden eagle. He'll also have a baby brown bear and a Burmese python at his exhibit, which draws up to 125 people at a time, according to Masterson.

"Children just love it," she said. "It's animals you really don't get to see."

That idea of exposing folks to animals and the outdoors was behind Masterson's recommendation to check out a display by the New Hampshire Locked Moose Antler Project, Inc. The group's "forever locked" exhibit is a life-size taxidermy exhibit that portrays two bull moose that permanently locked antlers while dueling, killing them both.

The exhibit "talks about wilderness," Masterson said. "People can learn about what happens in nature."

The Northeast Outdoors Show runs Friday, March 14, from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12. Children ages 3 and under are admitted free. ""

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