Correction (published Nov. 3, 2011): "A Beaver's Tale in the West Eugene Wetlands" event on Saturday and a "Wander at Luk-Wah Prairie" event on Tuesday are sponsored by the Willamette Resources & Educational Network, or WREN. An "Outdoors Briefly" item and headline on Page D2 Tuesday incorrectly stated that the events were sponsored by Nearby Nature.
CONSTELLATIONS TALK IS NOV. 18
Eugene's Larry Deckman, an amateur astronomer and founder of "StarFinders.com," will present "A Story of Constellations" during the Nov. 18 monthly meeting of the Eugene Natural History Society. The presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 100 of Willamette Hall on the University of Oregon campus. Admission is free.
MUSHROOM CLINIC COMES TO UO
Mushroom fan Ed Fredette will hold a two-part fungus identification clinic Friday through Sunday through the UO Outdoor Program. Participants will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the OP office, Room 37 of the Erb Memorial Union, for Part 1. Participants will then choose between one of two seven-hour outings for Part 2 - meeting at the OP Barn, the corner of 18th and University, at 9 a.m. Saturday or 9 a.m. Sunday. The clinic is free and the outing is $15.
BEAVER ECOLOGY ON ODFW AGENDA
An ODFW meeting Thursday will be of the Beaver Working Group in the Commission Room at ODFW Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The agenda includes presentations on a recently completed Landowner Incentives Survey, updated statewide beaver relocation guidelines and an Oregon State University beaver research project. Nearby nature events coming up
Don't forget about two Nearby Nature events this weekend. "A Beaver's Tale in the West Eugene Wetlands" will be from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Saturday, and the WREN Wander at Luk-wah Prairie will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 8. The "Beaver's Tale" program costs $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Phone541-338-7047 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more information.
John Gross of Springfield's Roaring Fork Guide Service on some of the area's best bets: "Dry fly fishing for Redsides and Cutts has been good on the McKenzie River. A few late summer steelhead are still available on the McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette where articulating leeches seem to catch their attention. Good spinner action for Coho has been reported on the Umpqua River. Most are wild and must be released.
"Fresh Chinook are still moving into Coos Bay where crabbing has been very good as well. The Chetco River will finally open on Saturday up beyond the tidewater. The Chetco estuary produced a 50-pound fish plus numerous Chinook in the 40-pound plus range this past week. Because of a lack of rain on the South Coast, fishing on the Elk River remains a bank fishery at the mouth with widely variable results, depending on the day you fish."
Lakes and ponds: At Junction City Pond this week, 750 legal rainbow trout will be stocked.
Timely tip: The first season for general coast bull elk is coming soon, from Nov. 12-15, and the second season is Nov. 19-28. ODFW reports that the elk are mixed throughout but larger numbers are on private lands at low elevations and close to valleys with agricultural activity.
What to watch for: A drive north to Sweet Home can yield several sightings at one spot if you travel to Foster Dam. A flock of Barrow's Goldeneye regularly winters just below Foster Dam, sometimes with Common Goldeneye. The deep water above the dam brings in common loon and horned, eared, western, Clark's and (rarely) red-necked grebes in migration, along with pied-billed grebe, American coot and common merganser. To get there take Highway 20 east of Sweet home, then take 60th Avenue/Foster Dam Road north to North River Drive.
- From ODFW and Register-Guard reports
To submit events
Submit listings to: Outdoors@registerguard.com. All events are free, unless otherwise noted.
Eugene Adult Service: In-town ride of varying length for seniors, every Wednesday starting at Campbell Center, 155 High St., at 10:30 a.m. Helmets required. Info: 541-682-5318.
GEARs: 28 miles out McKenzie View with Sunderman option. Meet 9:30 a.m., Alton Baker Park. Info: 541-687-8379.
GEARs: 46 miles on Hamm Road via Dillard. Meet 9:30 a.m., Alton Baker Park. Info: 541-345-2110.
GEARs: 45 miles out Pleasant Hill via Bear Creek. Meet 9:30 a.m., Alton Baker Park Info: 541-687-8379.
Interpretive Walk: Eugene's First Saturday Interpretive Walk returns at Wild Iris Ridge. Meet at the end of Bailey View Drive, park at end of the street. Learn about the ecology and management of Eugene's ridgeline parks as well as local parks from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Naturalists will lead these walks. No registration required. For more information call 541-682-5329.
Obsidians: Eel Creek, 6 miles, 100 feet of elevation gain, leader Jane Hackett. Sign up only online at obsidians.org for all Obsidians outings.
Obsidians: Kentucky Falls, 4.4 miles, 800 feet of elevation gain, leader Joanne Ledet.
Altair Club: Easy "Walterville Pond" hike; easy level, 4 miles, followed by a no-host lunch in Walterville. Meet to carpool at 10 a.m. at Albertson's parking lot in Thurston. Nonmembers welcome. To sign up and for more info: 541-484-1558.
UO Outdoors: Kayak pool sessions to build skills at the Leighton Pool at the UO Student Recreation Center, 1320 E. 15th Ave., Eugene. From 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $4 for pool session, and a kayak rental is $6.
WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY
Altair Sports Club: 5-6 miles around town, meet at 10 a.m. at Midtown at 1591 Willamette St. Information: 541-746-6263.
50-plus, self-led: Group walk around neighborhood surrounding Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Bertnzen Road. Meet 9:30 a.m. For those 50 or older.
Mossback Volkssports Club: Carpool to Vancouver, Wash., for 3.1- or 6.2-mile Veterans Day Parade walk. Meet at 7 a.m., Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., Springfield. Details: www.mossbacks.org or 541-726-7169.
Altair Sports: 4-5 miles river bike trails. Meet 10 a.m. at Caf Aroma at Valley River Mall. Information: 541-343-7893.
Altair Club: Annual "Pray for Powder" Winter Sports Gala & Raffle, 6 p.m. at the Vets' Club, 1626 Willamette St. Ski and other demonstrations by local outdoor stores. Refreshments; all over 21 years old are welcome. For more info, phone Lynn Bruno, 541-683-3753.