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Byline: The Register-Guard

Youth turkey hunting clinic planned Saturday

Everything a youngster needs to know about wild turkey hunting will be covered Saturday in clinic to be held at the Emerald Empire Gun Club north of Springfield. Conducted by the Oregon Hunters Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the clinic covers safety, turkey calling, shotgun patterning, camouflage and scouting tactics. The $10 registration fee also includes lunch, prizes and - for participants under 18 who have never shot a wild turkey - a chance to win a "supervised hunt" on private land. For registration details, contact Carl McGlothin at (541) 688-2720 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sign-ups will also be accepted the day of the event on a space-available basis. To encourage young hunters, the Fish and Wildlife Commission scheduled a statewide youth turkey hunt April 8-9, a week prior to the regular gobbler season.

Sign-up under way for Egg Walk at Alton Baker Park

Registration is under way for Nearby Nature's annual Egg Walk at Alton Baker Park in Eugene, to be held April 8. The youth-oriented nature event features a guided hike, costumed and live critters, crafts and more. Cost: $5 ($4 for Nearby Nature members). Details, preregistration: 687-9699.

Butterfly identification subject of Monday program

Learning to identify the 45 common species of butterflies in Lane County will be the focus of a program to be offered Monday by the North American Butterfly Association. Butterfly book author Neil Bjorklund will explain how to identify butterflies by their markings and their behaviors and provide tips on where to find the various local butterfly species. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the EWEB Community Room, 500 E. Fourth Ave., Eugene.

ORV access to Hills Creek Reservoir bed to be blocked

The U.S. Forest Service and Army Corps of Engineers plan to place boulders along the shoreline of Hills Creek Reservoir this week to prevent motorized access to the lakebed. Boulders will be placed at four sites on the southeast side of Bingham Bridge often used for unauthorized vehicle access. During the winter, the Corps lowers the water level of the reservoir to create storage for potential floodwaters. The exposed muddy lakebed is tempting for off-road enthusiasts, but vehicle use is not permitted on the lakebeds or adjacent lands at any of the 13 Willamette reservoirs.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout stocking report

Area reservoirs: Dorena Reservoir is scheduled to be stocked with 6,000 legal-size rainbow trout this week, while Blue River Reservoir is to get 3,500 fish.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: The "March Brown" trout fishery on the lower McKenzie River is already in progress. The hatches should get better in the coming weeks. The Siuslaw River should be good for late-run winter steelhead as water conditions are expected to drop into prime drift-fishing shape this week. Winter steelhead are being taken on the Santiam system. Spring chinook fishing still has not started to take off in either the Willamette or Umpqua rivers.

Lakes and reservoirs: Lane County ponds, reservoirs and lakes on the trout truck route have all been stocked and provide a decent opportunity to catch fish. Angling for warmwater species will improve once water warms a few degrees.

Marine zone: Recreational crabbing is good in the ocean with several sport crabbers reporting limits of large crab in good condition. Crabbing in bays and estuaries is fair to poor. Clam digging is good in Clatsop County.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Fern Ridge Wildlife Area is open daily for wildlife viewing from March 16 until Oct. 31, providing outstanding viewing opportunities for many types of wildlife including waterfowl, shore birds, wading birds, song birds, raptors, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The dikes around the water impoundments provide good hiking trails, and the hunting blinds are excellent places to sit and watch. Parking areas are located along Highway 126, Neilson Road and Cantrell Road. Another good access point is at the end of Royal Avenue.

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

CALENDAR

To submit events

The deadline for calendar event listings is 10 a.m. Monday. Submit listings to: Outdoor Editor, P.O. Box 10188, Eugene OR 97440 or e-mail: mstahlberg@guardnet.com. Unless otherwise noted, events are free.

Birding

TODAY

Lane County Audubon Society: Sandy Wilbur, a retired condor researcher, will speak on "What I Learned in 12 Years with the Big Birds," 7:30 p.m., Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Climbing

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

Eugene Outdoor Program: Free rock climbing instruction is offered at "Community Climb Time" sessions held at various Eugene Middle Schools. Details: Aimee Goglia, 682-6358.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Janet Jacobsen will lead a 9.4-mile hike to Larison Rock. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Two events are planned: a six-mile hike at Smith Rock, leaving Eugene at 8 a.m. (Details, RSVP: 736-7498) and a four-mile walk on the riverside bike path, 9 a.m. (Details, RSVP: 343-7893).

The Obsidians: Janet Jacobsen will lead a 5.6-mile hike on the Ridgeline Trail. Details, sign-up at the Eugene YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Richard Ahrens will lead a hike at Willamette Valley wildlife refuges. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Nature

TODAY-FRIDAY

South Slough Reserve: "Estuary Explorers" spring break program offers a different hike and estuary adventure each day for students age 6-14. Fee: $1 per child per day. Call (541) 888-5558 for details, registration.

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Help plant white oak seedlings at an Arbor Day work party, 9 a.m. to noon at the arboretum. Volunteers are also needed to help maintain trails and work in the wildflower garden. Details: 747-1504.

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: "Eat Your Weeds!" is the title of a three-hour class on edible plants. Fee: $30 ($25 MPA members.) Class size limited. Preregistration required; call 747-1504.

Native Plant Society of Oregon: Rob Weiss will lead a three-mile moss identification hike near Sweet Creek. Bring hand lens and lunch and meet at South Eugene High School at 9 a.m., or be at the lower Sweet Creek trailhead at 10 a.m. Details: Weiss at (541) 563-3947.

Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council: Fourth annual volunteer work party to remove English Ivy along the Middle Fork Willamette River at South 26th Street, site of the Willamette Wellfield, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free lunch provided for volunteers. Details, RSVP: (541) 937-9800.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: `Wildflowers for Dummies,' a spring wildflower walk for beginners led by Chandra LeGue and Julie Polhemus, 10 a.m. at the Arboretum Visitor Center off Seavey Loop Road. Donation requested: $3. Details, 747-1504.

Paddle sports

THURSDAY

Oregon River Sports: Paddle club meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7:30 by a slide show on paddling the Bowron Lakes "circuit" in British Columbia, both at ORS, 3400 Franklin Blvd., Eugene. Call RSVP: (541) 334-0696 or ors@oregonriversports.com.

Snow Sports

FRIDAY

Hoodoo Ski Area: Charity innertube race, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Half of the $25 entry fee goes to the charity of the racer's choice. Register at 10 a.m. at the Autobahn tubing course.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Bill Johnson will lead a 12-mile ski to overnight at Maiden Peak Shelter. Details, sign-up at the Eugene YMCA, 2055 Patterson.
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