Comment sought on halibut season
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding four public meetings this week, including meetings in Newport and North Bend, to gather comments from recreational anglers that will help shape the 2017 Pacific halibut and 2018 and 2019-2020 bottomfish seasons. The Newport meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday (July 25) at the Marine Resources Program office, 2040 SE Marine Science Dr., which also will be webcast (for details, visit http://rgne.ws/2vKeAQm). The North Bend meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Public Library. Anglers also may provide comment by contacting Lynn Mattes at 541-867-4741, Ext. 237 or email@example.com, or Maggie Sommer at 541-867-4741, Ext. 227 or Maggie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODFW panel seeks sport fishing rep
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has an opening for a sport fishing representative on its Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program Board. Candidates have until July 31 to apply, using the form available at: http://rgne.ws/2uITuFi. The appointment will be effective Jan. 1, 2018. The representative should be a resident of Oregon who is able to effectively represent the state's sport anglers. Desirable attributes include involvement with local fishing groups or fish management, previous experience with boards or commissions, and knowledge of, or involvement with, the sport fisheries across Oregon.
Center to set up play hospital
Children can participate in an afternoon of Wildlife Play Hospital, where kids can be a wildlife rehabilitator for the day, during a Cascades Raptor Center family nature discovery day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Participants between ages 4 and 11 will receive a report of an injured stuffed animal on the Raptor Center's property. After rescuing their animal, kids can bring it to the wildlife hospital play area for treatment. Cost is general admission to Cascades Raptor Center plus a $2 activity charge for participants. The Cascades Raptor Center is at 32275 Fox Hollow Road.
Seabirds on Siuslaw's Agenda
Paul Engelmeyer will speak about efforts to protect forage fish - the prey base for seabirds - as well as the habitat requirements for the endangered Marbled Murrelet, during the 6:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting of the Siuslaw Watershed Council at Honeyman State Park Meeting Hall (big yurt), at 5543 Canary Road. Engelmeyer has managed the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary near Yachats for the Audubon Society of Portland and served on Oregon's Ocean Policy Advisory Council, which has developed a system of marine reserves and protected areas for the Oregon Coast.
Archery focus of Cabela's Weekend
Bowhunting will be the focus this weekend at the Cabela's store in Springfield, with guest appearances, free seminars on big-game hunting tips and tactics, and product demonstrations. Seminars include early season elk tactics with Kristy Titus (noon Saturday); after-the-shot Q&A with Randy and Candy Yow (noon Saturday); preseason archery tips with Krissy Knox and Ryan Hay (2 p.m. Sunday); and a kids safe archery range challenge (11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days). For a complete schedule, visit www.cabelas.com/springfield.
ODFW shotgun classes in August
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will offer its Shotgun Skills Training course from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 5, at the Mid-Valley Shooting Clays & Shooting School, 6181 Conomly Road NE, in Gervais. This workshop is designed to teach new shooters how to safely handle and operate shotguns, but the techniques are transferable to all firearm safety. Cost is $12. The workshop will be repeated Aug. 11, Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. Register at http://www.odfwcalendar.com/. TO SUBMIT EVENTS Submit listings to: Outdoors@registerguard.com. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Bicycling TUESDAY Cycling for Veterans: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meet at Maurie Jacobs Park. Adaptive bikes available, call 541-682-5311. GEARs: 25-50 miles. 8 a.m. Alton Baker Park. Riding some hills; route will be determined at the start. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Jackie Murdoff at 541-345-3941. GEARs: 28 miles. 6 p.m. Alton Baker Park to Pine Grove. For more information, visit eugene gears.org or call Dana Brownfield at 541-380-1074. Wednesday Eugene Adult Service: In-town ride for seniors every Wednesday starting at Campbell Community Center, 155 High St., at 10 a.m. Helmets are required. For more information, call 541-682-5318. GEARs: 28 miles. 6 p.m., Alton Baker Park to Gimpl Hill Road via Pine Grove Road. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call John Wellwood at 541-345-8734. THURSDAY GEARs: 35 miles. 9 a.m., Alton Baker Park to McKenzie View Drive and Sunderman Road. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Ray Linneman at 458-205-1497. GEARs: 20-26 miles. 6 p.m., Alton Baker Park to route determined at the start. Women-only ride. For more info, visit eugenegears.org or call Paula Erickson at 541-953-2894. TUESDAY, AUG. 1 GEARs: 25-50 miles. 8 a.m. Alton Baker Park. Riding some hills; route will be determined at the start. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Jackie Murdoff at 541-345-3941. Climbing SATURDAY Obsidians: Sign up only online at obsidians.org for all Obsidians outings. Obsidians: North Sister, 16 miles, 5,300 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Mount Thielsen, 10 miles, 3,800 feet of elevation gain. Hiking WEDNESDAY Obsidians: Amazon Headwaters and Spencer Butte, 6.2 miles, 1,530 feet of elevation gain. THURSDAY Obsidians: Canyon Creek Meadows, 7.5 miles, 1,400 feet of elevation gain. SUNDAY Friends of Douglas Fir National Monument: Old growth hike to Crabtree Valley, home of some of the most stunning old-growth forests in Oregon. Two-mile trail descends into Crabtree Valley (east of Sweet Home) along an old road that offers views of Mount Jefferson. To register and for more information, email email@example.com Volunteer WEDNESDAY Obsidians: Trail maintenance, 2 miles, 500 feet of elevation gain. FRIDAY City of Eugene: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fun, free, family-friendly event where families with toddlers and children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero to help wash RiverPlay Discovery Village playground equipment. For more information, call 541-510-9318. SATURDAY Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Resurface one of the arboretum's trails with bark mulch. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Tools, gloves and a parking pass will be provided. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. Walking Monday, Wednesday& Friday Steppers Walking Group: For those 50-plus, casual 30- to 60-minute walk through Island Park, leaves Willamalane Adult Center at 8:30 a.m. Info: 541-736-4444. Tuesday & Thursday Whippets Walking Group: For those 50-plus, a moderate to brisk pace for one hour, leaves at 8:30 a.m. from Willamalane Adult Center in Springfield. Wednesday Altair Sports Club: 4 to 5 miles around town, meet at 9 a.m. at Brail's, 1689 Willamette St. Info: 541-746-6263. Thursday 50-and-older, self-led: Hourlong group walk around the neighborhood surrounding the Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Road. 9:30 a.m. Friday Campbell Community Center: Walk 'n' Talkers group is self-led for 3 to 5 miles every Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., leaving from 155 High St. Info: 541-682-5318. Altair Sports Club: About 4 to 5 miles around town, meet at 9 a.m. at Allann Brothers Coffee Co., 2465 Hilyard St. For more information, call 541-746-6263 or go online to www.altairsports.org. Saturday Altair Sports: Four miles along Willamette River bicycle trails. Meet at 9 a.m. at Caf Aroma at Valley River Center. For more information, call 541-343-7893 or visit www.altairsports.org Mossback Volkssport Club: Easy 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) routes in Scappoose. Walk on sidewalks and paved trails on the two lower segments of the Crown Zellerbach Trail and then to the Saturday Market. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., in Springfield to carpool, or meet the group at Miller Road Park, E. Columbia Ave, Scappoose at 9:15 a.m. For details visit www.mossbacks.org, email email@example.com or call 541-726-7169. Mount Pisgah Arboretum: 10 a.m. to Noon. Family walk to explore summer life at the Arboretum. Learn about gall wasps and visit the pond to search for tadpoles and frogs. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. $8 per family; members free. TUESDAY, AUG. 1 Mossback Volkssport Club: Easy 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) and 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) routes in Lincoln City. Walk on the beach from the D River to Road's End. Meet at the Cozy Cove Beach Front Resort, 515 NW Inlet Ave, Lincoln City, at 10:15 a.m. For details visit www.mossbacks.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-726-7169.
- From ODFW and Register-Guard reports