Lack of prey hurting seabirds
Some seabird species are declining at a significant rate due to lack of prey in Alaska's Prince William Sound, according to a new Oregon State University study.
Nearly half of the marine bird species that spend their summers in the sound experienced "biologically significant" decreases in their abundance between 1989 and 2012. These include tufted puffins and marbled murrelets - two birds that are gradually disappearing elsewhere in the northern Pacific.
For his master's degree research in wildlife science, Dan Cushing used boat-based surveys to evaluate long-term patterns of change in the marine bird community of Prince William Sound.
A research team led by Cushing found a recurring theme: species that feed on fish and krill found in waters farther from shore experienced the largest decreases.
Comments on Nehalem sought
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is asking for feedback on a study evaluating a 17-mile section of the Nehalem River for possible inclusion in the State Scenic Waterways Program.
Comments will be used to write a report that will either recommend for or against designating a portion of the river as a state scenic waterway.
A public meeting and hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the North County Recreation District, 36155 9th St., in Nehalem.
Comments can also be sent to email@example.com or to OPRD Scenic Waterway Study, 725 Summer St NE Suite C, Salem, OR 97301. The comment period closes Oct. 13.
Wren to wander Golden Gardens
An exploration of Golden Gardens Park to examine all of its biodiversity, from turtles to birds, will be the next "wetlands wander" organized by the Willamette Resources Education Network from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 12.
The wanders are free casual walks through the west Eugene wetlands. Visitors should bring water and dress in appropriate layers. WREN will provide binoculars for anyone interested.
To get to Golden Gardens Park from Highway 99, go west on Barger and right on Golden Gardens Street. Meet at the intersection of Golden Gardens St. and Jessen Drive. For more information on WREN events, visit http://wewwild.blogspot.com/.
Tribe prepares for climate change
Laura Brown, shellfish biologist for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, will talk about the impact of climate change on the tribe, and how the group will monitor and adapt to shifts in coastal resources during the 6:30 p.m. Thursday meeting of the MidCoast Watersheds Council in Newport.
Part of Brown's focus has been on restoration of native oyster populations in Yaquina Bay, and she will discuss information about that project and other work by the tribe.
The talk will be held in Room 205 at the Newport Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach. Refreshments will be served.
Nearby Nature to mark its 25th year
Nearby Nature will celebrate its 25th birthday with a free party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the organization's "Learnscape" in Alton Baker Park.
The event will feature live music, Earth art, catching creepy-crawlies, a Gnome Roam, games, Frannie Frog, face painting, dragonfly birthday cake and garden goodies. Birthday gift donations to Nearby Nature's youth scholarship fund are encouraged.
Park at Alton Baker Park's boat ramp or main parking lots, and follow signs to the Learnscape.
Fall salmon on anglers' plate
Local guide Jeremy Gravon will discuss fall salmon during the 6 p.m. Sept. 5 meeting of the Steelheaders at the Eugene Elks Lodge, 2470 West 11th Ave. 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 Maurice 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 John Reidy at 805-807-5657. 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: 26 miles. 6 p.m. Alton Baker Park to Coburg Bottom Loop. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call John Wellwood at 541-345-8734. THURSDAY GEARs: 34 miles. 9 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Alvadore via Meadowview. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Ted Conover at 541-344-4994. GEARs: 20-30 miles. 6 p.m. Alton Baker Park to route determined at start. Women-only ride. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Paula Erickson at 541-953-2894. SATURDAY GEARs: 40 miles. 9 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Lawrence Road and Short Butler. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Ted Conover at 541-344-4994. SUNDAY GEARs: 39 miles. 9 a.m. Alton Baker Park to Clearwater Path, Sunderman and McKenzie View. Two rides at two different paces. For more information, visit eugenegears.org or call Mike Cantrell at 541-342-7649 or Jeff Sprague at 541-484-4434. TUESDAY, SEPT. 12 Cycling for Veterans: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Meet at Maurice 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 John Reidy at 805-807-5657. Climbing SUNDAY Obsidians: Sign up only online at obsidians.org for all Obsidians outings. Obsidians: Mount Thielsen, 10 miles, 3,800 feet of elevation gain. Hiking SATURDAY Obsidians: Divide Lake, 10 miles, 1,640 feet of elevation gain. SUNDAY Obsidians: Rigdon Lakes, 8 miles, 200 feet of elevation gain. Obsidians: Waldo Lake, 6 miles, 100 feet of elevation gain. Volunteer WEDNESDAY Obsidians: Trail maintenance, 2 miles, 500 feet of elevation gain. 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. For more information, call 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. TUESDAY Mossback Volkssport Club: Moderate 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) and 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) routes in Depoe Bay, walk along the ocean front, then wander along a new forested trail that wends its way around the world's smallest harbor and across a small bluff with lovely houses. Meet at the Gracie's Sea Hag Restaurant, 58 N Hwy 101, Depoe Bay at 10 a.m. For details visit www.mossbacks.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-726-7169. 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. For more information, call 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 SUNDAY Mossback Volkssport Club: Two easy 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) loop routes in Milwaukie, walk along the Trolley Trail with many large sculptures while enjoying the farmers market and then walk along McLoughlin with its many shops and businesses before walking through the Oak Grove District. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., in Springfield to carpool, or meet the group at the Milwaukie MAX Station, 2750 SE Park Ave., at 9 am. For details visit www.mossbacks.org, email email@example.com or call 541-726-7169.
- From ODFW and Register-Guard reports