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Byline: The Register-Guard

Cascades Raptor Center plans 'open house'

The Cascades Raptor Center will hold its 11th annual Earth Day Open House from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at 32275 Fox Hollow Road. Visitors will see about 50 resident birds, ranging from pygmy owls to bald eagles. Behind-the-scenes tours, prize drawings, activities for children, live music and refreshments are planned. There is no admission charge.

It's time to welcome the swifts back

The Lane County Audubon Society will hold a "Welcome Back Swifts" event at sunset Friday outside Agate Hall, 1787 Agate St., Eugene. Migrating Vaux's Swifts will begin circling above the building about one-half hour before sunset, which will be around 8 p.m. Then, just before dark, thousands of the birds enter the chimney of Agate Hall to roost for the night. For information about swifts, look for the Audubon banner. Audubon representatives will also be on hand at dusk Friday, April 22.

Earth Day Wilderness Series offered

Mount Pisgah Arboretum will present a four-part "Earth Day Wilderness Survival and Nature Awareness Series" next week. Survival instructors Steve Kriegh and Linda Redmon will conduct classes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Learn to make fire using a bow drill, identify edible plants, build an emergency shelter and more. Fee: $15 per class or $50 for the series. Details, registration: 747-1504.

FISHING

Best bets

Junction City Pond: Scheduled to be stocked this week with nearly 1,000 trout, including some of the "trophy" variety.

Crescent Lake: Anglers report great brown trout action.

Regional highlights

Rivers and streams: Sections of the Alsea River are open through April 30, and sections of the Siuslaw River around Whittaker Creek boat launch are open through April 15. Winter steelhead angling has been good as water conditions improved over the last few weeks. The Santiam River should be good for steelhead and some spring chinook salmon. Fly-fishing for trout is good on the McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette rivers. Salmon anglers on the Willamette River at Portland have been hampered by cold and muddy water, but conditions are improving and so should the catch. Counts at Willamette Falls to date are 4,762 winter steelhead, 618 summer steelhead and 429 spring chinook.

Lakes and reservoirs: Loon Lake is being stocked this week with 2,000 hatchery rainbow trout. Dexter and Cottage Grove reservoirs should be good for recently-stocked trout. North Twin Lake is good for 8- to 12-inch trout.

Marine zone: Surf fishing for redtail surfperch is improving coastwide; large fish are being landed on the south coast. Ocean charter boats continue reporting good catches of rockfish.

HUNTING

Timely tips

The 2005 spring gobbler wild turkey season opens Friday. Tags remain on sale through May 31.

WILDLIFE VIEWING

Best bets

Willamette Valley national wildlife refuges closed to the public during the winter to provide undisturbed habitat for dusky Canada geese and other wildlife have re-opened. Among these is William L. Finley Refuge south of Corvallis, which is open sunrise to sunset through Oct. 31. The refuge provides ample wildlife viewing opportunities. Details: (541) 757-7236.

- Compiled from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Register-Guard reports

Bicycling

SATURDAY

GEARS: A 26-mile McKenzie View ride is planned, 9 a.m. at the Alton Baker Park pond.

City of Springfield: "Get Back on the Bike!" clinic for anyone interested in a fun way to exercise, bypass traffic congestion or get outdoors, 10 a.m., Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St., Springfield. Bring bike and helmet. Details: 682-5471.

SUNDAY

GEARS: Michael Young will lead a 50-mile ride on Dillard and Hamm roads, 9 a.m. at Alton Baker Park.

TUESDAY

GEARS: "Show and go" ride, 10 a.m. at Alton Baker Park. Details: 345-3941.

THURSDAY

Eugene Bicycle Coalition: Learn how to navigate the Ferry Street Bridge area without riding on busy streets; meet at Alton Baker Park at 6 p.m.

Birding

SATURDAY

Lane County Audubon: Dennis Arendt will lead an outing at Skinner Butte to look for migrating birds. Carpool from South Eugene High School at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars.

Equine

SATURDAY

Back Country Horsemen: "Trail and Equine Skills Workshop," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wild Rose Stables on Priceboro Road. Bring your horse and your lunch. Open to all ages. Details: 746-4547.

Films

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

UO Outdoor Program: Banff Mountain Film Festival, 7 p.m. each day at the McDonald Theatre in downtown Eugene. General admission tickets are $10 in advance at REI Eugene, the EMU and Fastixx outlets, $12 at the door.

Hiking

TODAY

The Obsidians: Margaret Prentice will lead a hike on the bike path near Delta Highway. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

FRIDAY-TUESDAY

The Obsidians: Lana Lindstrom will lead a multi-day, multi-sport outing to Sunriver for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Explore old growth forests in the Three Sisters Wilderness and the proposed Ridgecat timber sale near Chucksney Mountain. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Park & Ride at Walnut and Franklin streets in Eugene. Bring lunch and water. Details: 344-0675.

The Obsidians: Rebecca Hansen will lead a 10-mile hike at Drift Creek. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Carol Petty will lead a 2.2-mile hike to Sweet Creek Falls, Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

Kayaking

SATURDAY

ORS Paddling Club: Plans a canoe/kayak outing on Duncan Slough in the Siuslaw River estuary. Meet at Oregon River Sports, 3400 Franklin Blvd., Eugene, at 9 a.m. Details: 334-0696.

TUESDAY

UO Outdoor Program: Kayaking "roll practice," 7:30 p.m. at Gerlinger Pool on the UO campus, $5 general public, $3 UO students and co-op members. Kayak rentals available. Details: 346-4365.

Mushrooming

TODAY

Cascade Mycological Society: "Population Dynamics of the Pacific Golden Chanterelle" is the topic of a talk by Kelly Collins of the OSU Plant Clinic, 7:30 p.m., Room 115 of the Science Building (No.16) at Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave.

Nature

FRIDAY

Eugene Natural History Society: Bob Ross will speak on "Iron Mountain: Subtle Habitat Differences Equal Greater Floral Diversity," 7:30 p.m., 100 Willamette Hall on the University of Oregon campus. Details: 484-4477.

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Dan and Anne Heyerly will lead an "elder walk" to look for birds, 11 a.m. at the Visitor Center. Details 747-1504.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: David Wagner will lead a three-hour wildflower walk, 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Donation. Details: 747-1504.

Sporting clays

SUNDAY

Emerald Empire Gun Club: Sporting Clays "fun shoot," 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the club's range on McGowan Creek Road. Cost: $12 per 50-bird presentation; juniors $10. Details: Mike Worley, 683-9586.

EDITOR'S NOTE

This week's Outdoors report has been condensed to make room for the Golf Extra feature. The full report will resume next Thursday.
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