Book features willamette tips and trips
Few people know the Willamette River as intimately as Travis Williams, executive director of the Willamette Riverkeeper, a conservation organization. Williams shares his knowledge in the "Willamette River Field Guide" (Timber Press, $24.95). In addition to details on 12 paddle trips from the Cascades to the Columbia, the book covers wildlife and river history, and includes plenty of photos and a dozen maps.
Learn how to fly-fish
Chris Mihulka teaches an intro to fly-fishing course this week at Willamalane Adult Activity Center in Springfield. Class sessions are Thursday and Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee is $12. Call 736-4444 to register.
Yellow-headed blackbirds, uncommon west of the Cascades, can be seen and heard at the south end of Fern Ridge Lake. These birds nest in the Bulrush patches along the edge of the lake. Their raucous calls are very distinctive. Another distinctive call you are likely to hear in the Fern Ridge area is the "oonk-a-lunk" of the American Bittern.