NEWS & NOTES
Oregon Natural Resources Council goes 'wild'
The Oregon Natural Resources Council has changed its name to Oregon Wild. Officials of the Portland-based non-profit conservation organization, founded in 1974, said frequent confusion regarding the group's name and mission led to the search for a new name "that was easier to remember and that embodied our mission of protecting Oregon's wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy. After working for over three decades to keep Oregon wild, the choice for a new name became clear." The group's address and phone are the same, but its Web site has been renamed (www.oregonwild.org).
Slideshow, campout focus on Siskiyou Mountains
The University of Oregon Outdoor Program and the Cascadia Wildlands Project are offering a double-barrelled look at the Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon this week. First up is a free slideshow at 7 p.m. today in the Outdoor Program offices in the basement of the Erb Memorial Union on campus. Then on Saturday an overnight campout will provide a close-up look at the rugged Siskiyous landscape and how it is adapting to the 500,000-acre Biscuit Fire of 2002. There is a $20 fee for the campout. Details, registration: 346-4365.
State adopts rules for 'wildlife control' businesses
Private businesses that deal with wildlife causing damage to property, posing a public health risk or causing a public nuisance are governed by regulations adopted Friday by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. The rules create an annual standardized permitting process, establish statewide reporting requirements and set standards for the humane treatment of wildlife - including transport, relocation and euthanasia standards. Also, the regulations create a new testing process that evaluates wildlife control operators' basic understanding of wildlife treatment standards and other issues. About 80 businesses, most of them located near large urban areas, are estimated to be involved in wildlife control activities in Oregon.
FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING
Oregon angling highlights
Rivers and streams: Fall chinook salmon fishing in Oregon's coastal rivers remains a tide-to-tide adventure - a few flurries of action have been reported on the Coos, Coquille, Siuslaw, Alsea and lower Umpqua rivers, but the majority of the time is spent enjoying fine fall weather while waiting for another pulse of salmon to move through. Fall chinook fishing in the Rogue estuary has been spotty, but when the bite turns on, it's been really good. The Tillamook Bay area has been consistent for chinook, with the best bite just outside the bay entrance, followed by the lower bay. With more than 18,000 steelhead over Willamette Falls so far this season, summer steelhead prospects are good in the Santiam, McKenzie and Willamette rivers. Sturgeon fishing should be good in the Columbia River Gorge - retention of legal-length sturgeon is allowed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; the rest of the week, it's catch-and-release.
Lakes: Trout fishing prospects are good in the Cascade lakes throughout October. Siltcoos and Tahkenitch are open to the harvest of wild (non-finclipped) coho salmon through Dec. 15; no reports yet on success rates. Brown trout fishing at Lemolo, Toketee and Soda Springs lakes has been good; the best time to fish is early morning and late evening. The same is true of brook trout fishing at Crane Prairie Reservoir.
Marine zone: Bay crabbing prospects remain good on the north-central coast. Albacore tuna are still being caught - some as close as 20 miles from shore. Clatsop beaches remain closed to clamming; the rest of the state is open.
Timely tips: The Northwest Oregon Permit Zone goose season opens Oct. 21. Hunters can now complete the required goose identification test online by visiting www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl/goose-permits/online-testing.asp. The option to attend an in-person exam remains - see page 20 of the current Oregon Game Bird Regulations for dates and locations. Meanwhile, hunters in the Willamette Valley portion of the Northwest Oregon General Goose Zone are also required to pass the identification test this year.
Best bets: Draw-down of Fern Ridge Lake and other Willamette Basin reservoirs occurs this time of year to provide for winter floodwater storage capacity. The lower water levels expose mudflats that provide excellent foraging areas for shorebirds and wading birds. Concentrations of great blue herons and great egrets can be viewed from Highway 126 along the south end of Fern Ridge Lake.
Pygmy owls can be heard calling at dawn and dusk in coniferous and riparian forests at this time of year. Their call is a repetitious low whistle at 1- to 2-second intervals.
- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.
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GEARS: 20- and 35-mile rides to the McBeth-Fox Hollow Road area and beyond. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30.
GEARS: 30- and 65-mile rides to Junction City and the Ingram Island loop. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30.
The Obsidians: Sheila Ward will lead a 6.5-mile Tahkenitch Dunes hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.
The Obsidians: Peggy Lee Mathes - 8-mile hike on the Aubrey-Heckletooth Mountain loop. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson.
The Obsidians: Bill Montgomery will lead a 6-mile Cape Perpetua hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson.
The Obsidians: John Jacobsen - 3-mile Fuji Mountain hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson.
G.I. Joe's: Jack Powell will conduct a clinic on how to choose the proper shoe and boot insoles and socks for special needs. 3 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Greenacres Rd., Eugene. Fee: $15.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: Public meeting on a city of Coos Bay request to allow hunting within a portion of its city limits, 7 p.m., North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend.
Eugene Tree Foundation: Alby Thoumsin will lead a tree walk at Skinner Butte. Meet at 1 p.m. at Lamb Cottage in the middle of the park.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Herbal remedies will be the focus of Sue Sierralupe's workshop on identification of medicinal autumn plants. The class is designed for students who have a general understanding of herbal medicine. Fee: $20. Pre-registration required, call 747-1504.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Botanist Rhoda Love will lead an autumn "ecology walk" that offers insights into the ecology and natural history of the southern Willamette Valley, noon, Arboretum Visitor Center off Seavey Loop. Donation requested: $3.
Native Plant Society: "Planning Native Plant Restoration for Public Parks" will be discussed by Pat French, a parks planner for Willamalane Park and Recreation District, 7:30 p.m., EWEB Training Room, 500 E. Fourth Ave., Eugene.
Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Aloha for an easy 6.2-mile Volkswalk through the historic Jenkins Estate., 8 a.m., Willamalane, 215 W. C St., Springfield. Details: www. mossbacks.org, or call 747-6470.
Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to North Albany for an easy 6.2-mile Volkswalk through residential and rural areas, 1 p.m. Willamalane, 215 W. C St., Springfield.