ACTIVITY BARN IN MCCALL TO OPEN FOR TUBING: Lift-served snow tubing will open on Friday, Jan. 17. Extended holiday hours will be in effect. Hours this weekend will be Friday from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Monday from noon to 6 p.m. Details are available at activitybarn.com.
APPLY FOR SPRING BEAR, TURKEY HUNTS: The application period for spring bear hunts is open and the deadline is Feb. 15. The spring turkey controlled hunt application period opens Feb. 1 and runs to March 1. Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15, with some controlled hunts opening later. Spring 2014 bear controlled hunt information is in the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book. Spring turkey controlled hunt information will be available at Fish and Games website by Feb. 1 and in the 2014-2015 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Rules book available by mid-February.
GET FREE BIRDING APP FROM CORNELL: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers an app that can quickly tell you which birds are most likely based on your location, date, and a brief description. Not just which birds theoretically could be near you, but which birds are actually reported most often by other birders there. Merlin Bird ID covers 285 of the most common birds of North America (with more on the way). In addition to help with identification, it contains expert tips, more than 1,400 gorgeous photos and sounds for each species. Its available for iPhone and other iOS7 devices, and its coming soon for Android. For a link, go to the Into the Outdoors blog at blogs.idahostatesman.com.