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Pheasants get financial boost in their U.S. birthplace

A $26,315 grant from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will help the Owen Denny Chapter of Pheasants Forever (PF) complete habitat recovery projects in Linn County, the "birthplace "of the ring-necked pheasant in the U.S.

Judge Owen Denny, an American diplomat posted in China, imported the first flock of ring-necked pheasants to the Willamette Valley in 1882. From those beginnings, pheasants flourished across the United States. However, changing agricultural practices reduced the amount of habitat available for pheasants in Western Oregon, and populations plummeted in the last quarter of the 20th century.

The grant will enable the Owen Denny Chapter to improve 120 acres for nesting and brood rearing habitat in the same general area of the original release. The Denny Chapter is one of five in Oregon, with a total of about 400 members. Those chapters have spent $300,000 on habitat projects and youth education since the state's first PF chapter was formed in 1989.

Scarecrow building, pumpkin carving workshop set

Mount Pisgah Arboretum is offering a workshop on creative pumpkin carving and scarecrow designing on Sunday. Nature guide Tom Bettman will conduct the workshop at 1 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitor Center. The session is to help provide inspiration and know-how for people interested in entering the Scarecrow Contest at the arboretum's annual Mushroom Festival on Oct. 29. Scarecrows made at the workshop can be entered in the Mushroom Festival contest for free. The workshop fee is $5 per pumpkin or scarecrow. Pants, shirts, straw and pumpkins provided. Bring decorations for scarecrows, and knives and spoons for pumpkins. Details, registration: 747-1504.

Fishery Council sets public hearing in North Bend

The Pacific Fishery Management Council will hold one of two West Coast public hearings on a proposed amendment to the Pacific Coast Salmon Plan on Nov. 1 in North Bend. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Cedar Room at the Old Mill Casino. The proposed amendment would allow minimal ocean fishing impacts on Klamath River fall chinook salmon during years that would otherwise be closed to ocean salmon fishing. Details: www.pccouncil.org.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Oregon angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Fall chinook salmon fishing continues to be an on-again, off-again exercise in rivers and bays along the Oregon Coast. Fishing guides report very good action in the Rogue Bay for both coho and chinook recently, with many boats limiting by lunchtime. Most of the fish are being caught on pink or green spinners. Tillamook Bay also has seen a fairly consistent bite. Action on the central coast is sporadic - the question is whether recent rains were enough to trigger an upriver movement of fish. Steelhead are being caught on the North Santiam River from Fishermen's Bend to Packsaddle Park. A few steelhead are being taken below Foster Dam on the South Santiam. The McKenzie River below Leaburg Dam and the Willamette River at Eugene also should be fair to good for steelhead. The Columbia River is open to the retention of sturgeon three days a week, and large keepers are common, with plenty of action on undersized sturgeon.

Lakes: Trout fishing in the Cascade lakes should be good through the end of October. Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes are open to the harvest of wild (non-finclipped) coho salmon.

Marine zone: Fishing for rockfish and lingcod along the coast is good. Recreational crabbing is good in the bays with many sport crabbers reporting limits of large crab.

Hunting

Timely tips: At the city's request and after considering public comments, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last week adopted a rule allowing waterfowl hunting within a portion of the city of Coos Bay. Waterfowl hunting is now permitted within in the area of the city bounded on the west by Isthmus Slough Channel, on the south by what would be the natural extension of A Street, on the east by the dike, and on the north by the city limits. Hunters will be able to take advantage of the change during duck season, which opened Saturday.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Sandhill cranes pass through this area on their migration south from their northern summer range. They rarely land in this area. However, large flocks are occasionally seen flying high overhead, sometimes circling as if lost.

Steller sea lions can be seen on Seal Rock near Oceanside.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Bicycling

SATURDAY

GEARS: 20- and 45-mile rides in the Crow Road and Briggs Hill areas. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30.

The Obsidians: Peter Graham will lead a bike ride, with the destination to be determined. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 25- and 35-mile rides in the Meadowview and Sovern road areas. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30.

MONDAY

Eugene Bicycle Coalition: Maintenance of Eugene's bikeways will be discussed with representatives of the Eugene Public Works Department, 6 p.m., first floor conference room of the Public Works Building, 858 Pearl St., Eugene. Enter at the back of the building. Details: bicycle@efn.org or 345-2110.

Birding

SATURDAY

Lane County Audubon Society: Dan and Barbara Gleason will lead a birdwalk at East Regional Park in Cottage Grove. Meet at South Eugene High School, 19th Avenue and Patterson Street, at 8 a.m. or at East Regional Park next to the BMX track on Row River Road, at 8:30 a.m.

TUESDAY, Oct. 24

Lane County Audubon Society: Rudy Gelis will present a program on the birds of Ecuador, 7:30 p.m., Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Hiking

SATURDAY

Oregon Wild: Gary Guttormsen will lead a 7-mile hike to Waldo Mountain Lookout. Details, RSVP: Chandra at 344-0675, or Jeff at 434-1463.

The Obsidians: Ed Lichtenstein will lead a 9-mile Fall Creek hike. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Chris Stockdale - 11.2-mile Fuji Mountain hike; Janet Hall - 8-mile "Halloween Cemeteries Walk," and Barbara Revere - 9.5-mile hike from Clear Lake Lodge to Trail Bridge Reservoir. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Gear

SATURDAY

G.I. Joes: "Under Armour 101" seminar by Cari Song, noon, G.I. Joe's, 1030 Greenacres Road, Eugene.

Hunting

WEDNESDAY

Oregon Hunters Association: Emerald Valley Chapter meets at 7 p.m., upstairs at the union hall at 1116 S. A St., Springfield. Details: 747-3985.

Nature

WEDNESDAY

Friends of Hendricks Park: Kenneth Helphand will give a talk titled "Greenstone: The Story of the Western City Park," 7 p.m., Tykeson Room, Eugene Public Library.

FRIDAY

Eugene Natural History Society: Author William L. Sullivan will speak on "Lane County's Greatest Natural Disasters," 7:30 p.m., 100 Willamette Hall, University of Oregon.

Paddle sports

SUNDAY

Oregon River Sports Paddle Club: Alton Baker Park Canoe Canal clean-up, followed by a barbeque. Meet behind Autzen Stadium in the parking lot next to the canoe canal at 10 a.m.

Walking

SATURDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Aloha for an easy 6.2-mile Volkswalk in the historic Jenkins Estate, 7 a.m., Willamalane, 215 W. C St., Springfield. Details: www. mossbacks. org, or call 747-6470.
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