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Byline: The Register-Guard

Why not Challenge Dad on Father's Day?

Looking for a Father's Day gift with a twist? Consider taking Dad to the Spencer Butte Challenge Course (SBCC), which consists of ropes, cables, poles, tires, swinging bridges, bolts, ladders, log pilings, platforms and skilled facilitators. On the challenge course, team members help each other get over, under, around, or across 12 elements close to the ground and 10 high elements 20 to 50 feet in the air. On Father's Day, June 18, the challenge course will be open for dads and kids, ages 9 and up, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $40 per person, with one child free with each adult registration. The course is located off of Willamette Street, south of 52nd Avenue, at the paved parking lot at Spencer Butte Park. For details, call 682-5329 or see: www.eugene-or.gov/rec.

'Living with Lions' topic of talk in Charleston

The Mountain Lion Foundation and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve will present a program on living in cougar country Saturday in Charleston. The program explores the biology and behavior of mountain lions and how best to avoid conflicts with the big cats. The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the South Slough Interpretive Center near Charleston. Space is limited and advance registration is required; call (541) 888-5558.

Hot air balloon rally planned in Bend this weekend

More than two dozen hot air balloons are scheduled to participate in the fourth annual Balloons Over Bend rally Saturday and Sunday in Bend. Mass flights are planned shortly after dawn both days, with the multi-colored balloons launching from the athletic fields at Summit High School on the west edge of town. At dusk Saturday, a "Night Glow" featuring a half dozen tethered balloons will be held at Pilot Butte State Park, where there will be live music and food vendors. For details, see: www.balloonsoverbend.com.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

Rivers and streams: The following trout releases are scheduled in time for "Free Fishing Weekend," June 10-11: Blue River above the reservoir (2,500 8- to12-inchers); Fall Creek (2,000 legal-size); Hills Creek (500 legal-size); lower McKenzie River (5,250 8- to 12-inchers); upper McKenzie River (1,500 legals); Middle Fork Willamette River (1,350 legals): Salmon Creek (2,000 legals); and Salt Creek (500 legals).

Lakes and ponds: Alton Baker Pond (2,500 8- to10-inchers); Blue River Reservoir (3,000 legals); Carmen Reservoir (3,000 8- to 12-inchers); Cleawox Lake (2,250 8- to 12-inchers); Coffenbury Lake (1,000 legals); Diamond Lake (4,000 legals); Junction City Pond (1,300 8- to10-inchers); Leaburg Lake (2,250 8- to 12-inchers); Loon Lake (1,500 legals); and Trail Bridge Reservoir (3,000 legals).

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Spring chinook salmon and summer steelhead prospects are fair to good on the Santiam, McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette rivers. As of May 26, 23,735 springers and 6,405 steelhead had been counted through the Willamette Falls Fish Passage. Shad and smallmouth bass fishing is improving on the Umpqua River as water temperatures warm. The North Umpqua remains slow for steelhead.

Lakes and reservoirs: Crane Prairie Reservoir has been good for rainbow trout to 22 inches. Diamond Lake is fair to good, with a bonus bag limit of 20 fish. Odell is fair to good for Kokanee, and Lake Billy Chinook has been good for kokanee.

Columbia zone: Recent creel checking of 21 boats showed two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 30 oversize and 121 sub-legal sturgeon released.

Marine zone: The bite seems to have slowed somewhat for rockfish and lingcod. Boat anglers report catches of between three and four fish per angler for black, blue and yellowtail rockfish and lingcod. Crabbing is fair, with no limit catches reported by recreational crabbers.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: The dry chaparral habitat on the southeast side of Mount Pisgah attracts species that are unusual in this area, including blue-gray gnatcatcher and California towhee. The chaparral is approximately one mile from the southeast entrance.

The western meadowlark, voted Oregon's state bird by school children in 1927, is found in grassland-type habitats where they sing from perches such as fence posts, shrubs, trees, or powerlines. Remnant grassland prairie habitats, pastures and even young Christmas tree plantations along the edge of the Willamette Valley are good places to find these birds. Listen for their liquid, melodious song. Western meadowlarks can be seen in fair numbers just north of the east end of Diamond Hill Road. (Diamond Hill Road crosses I-5 at the Harrisburg exit)..

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updated information is available by logging on to www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

CALENDAR

To submit events

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

Bicycling

WEDNESDAY

GEARS: 25- and 35-mile rides to the Greenhill Road area and beyond. Meet at the Alton Baker Park pond at 6 p.m. Detailed ride descriptions are posted at www.eugenegears.org.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 20-, 40- and 60-mile rides to Goshen, Pleasant Hill and Lowell, respectively. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30 a.m.

Santiam Slow Spokes: 14th Annual Strawberry Century Tour - pick among 100-, 70- and 55-mile route options, 7 a.m. or later starts from Lebanon High School, 1700 S. Fifth St., Lebanon. Day of ride registraton: $25. Details: Roger Gaither, (503) 394-3696.

SUNDAY

Altair Ski and Sports Club: 20-mile breakfast to Our Daily Bread in Veneta,10 a.m. Details, RSVP: Sam Houston, 684-0588.

GEARS: 62-mile ride on Aufderheide Drive; carpool from Alton Baker Park at 8 a.m. Also, there will be "show and go" rides in which participants agree on a route -faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30 a.m.

The Obsidians: Richard Hughes - 40-mile ride on Buena Vista Loop; Sharon Ritchie - 42-mile Willamette Valley loop ride. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

Fishing

THURSDAY

G.I. Joes: Lure designer Ron Stirtz will conduct a seminar on "Trolling Tips & Tactics," 7 p.m., G.I. Joes, 1030 Green Acres Rd., Eugene.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Ruth Romoser will lead a six-mile walk on the Alton Baker bike trail. Details, sign-up at Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

Altair Ski and Sports Club: Four-mile hike along the Coast Fork Willamette River at Mt. Pisgah, 10 a.m. Details, RSVP: Chuck Wager 543-1489; Four-mile walk on the Valley River bike trail, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: Walt Jacobsen, 343-7893.

The Obsidians: Julie Dorland - 4.4-mile Kentucky Falls hike; Peter Graham - 6.5-mile Cooks Ridge hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Mary Hamilton - 4.6-mile Patterson Mountain hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

TUESDAY, June 13

The Obsidians: Cork and Carolyn Higgins - 6.2-mile Gwynn Creek hike. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson.

Nature

SATURDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Kris Kirkeby will teach an "illustrating nature" class with a focus on drawing bird nests and eggs in pen and ink, 1 p.m. Fee: $20 (MPA members $15). Details, pre-registration, 747-1504.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Neil Bjorklund of the North American Butterfly Association will lead a two-hour outing to look for butterflies on the east side of the mountain, 12 noon. Details, pre-registration, 747-4501. Donation requested.
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