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Byline: The Register-Guard

NEWS & NOTES

Hawks and herbs focus of walks at Arboretum

Medicinal Herbs, hawks and papermaking with natural materials are on tap at Mount Pisgah Arboretum this week. Herbalist Sue Sierralupe will lead a medicinal herb walk Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. On Sunday, Rick Ahrens will lead a "hawk walk" from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will hike to the top of Mount Pisgah to look for these predators of the sky. Both walks begin at the Arboretum Visitor Center; a $3 donation is requested. CORRECTION (ran 9/21/2006):A "hawk walk" at Mount Pisgah Arboretum will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. An incorrect date was listed in Tuesday's Outdoors Briefly column on Page B2. Denise Gosar will conduct the papermaking workshop Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Participants will learn about the diversity of fibers (including many common garden plants) that can be used to make paper. Creative uses for handmade paper will also be discussed. The workshop fee is $10 per person or $15 per family. Pre-registration required; call (541) 747-1504.

Environmental education group holding orientation

The Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN), a Eugene environmental education group, will hold an orientation session for volunteers today at 6 p.m. at the Wetland Project Office, 751 S. Danebo (northeast corner of W. 11th Ave and Danebo). WREN conducts classroom outreach programs and field trips in the West Eugene Wetlands area for elementary and middle school students. Contact environmental education specialist Liz Myers at 683-6483 or info@wewetlands.org to register.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Trout Stocking Report

Alton Baker Park canoe canal: The season's final trout stocking is scheduled this week; about 3,000 rainbow trout are to be released.

Other angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Fall chinook salmon fishing is starting to heat up. The Coos and Coquille rivers were reportedly "red hot" over the weekend. Catches were also good on, and just outside, the bar at Winchester Bay. Steelhead fishing higher in the system has been the best bet on the Umpqua River, other than for smallmouth bass, which remain active in the warm water. It remains to be seen whether recent rains were enough to create more salmon activity in the Siuslaw, Alsea, Siletz and Yaquina rivers. Summer steelhead prospects are very good on the "town run" of the Willamette River at Eugene and on the McKenzie River below Leaburg Dam.

The Deschutes River steelhead fishery appears to be peaking right now - good numbers of fish are being caught on in the lower reaches on spinners and plugs. The water is still a little high for optimum fly fishing.

Lakes: Odell and Crescent lake anglers are reporting good success for kokanee. The kokanee have not yet morphed into spawning condition and are still in good shape. At Lava Lake, anglers are catching stringers of 13- to 16-inch trout. There have been reports of some nice brown trout being caught at Wickiup Reservoir, and trout fishing has been fairly good at Crane Prairie Reservoir. In the Florence area, fishing for warm-water species should be good.

Marine zone: Albacore tuna fishing remains good for vessels able to locate 61- to 63-degree water 30 to 40 miles offshore. Fishing for rockfish and lingcod remains good along the coast. Crabbing should still be good in most bays along the northern coast, as not enough rain has fallen yet to drive the crabs out to sea.

Hunting

Timely tips: Hunters who need to clear space in their freezers can donate surplus game meat to the Oregon Hunters Association's seventh annual "Meat for the Mission" food drive. To arrange to have the meat picked up, call Jack Weinstein, 698-9973. The 2006 Hunting Forecast prepared by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife field biologists is available online at: www.dfw.state.or.us/RR/hunting_forecast/.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: The Dean Creek elk viewing area, on Highway 38 near Reedsport, is an excellent place to see and hear elk. September is the breeding season and visitors often hear bull elk bugling at each other and cows and calves mewing. Occasionally, sparing matches occur between the larger bulls. The elk are most active early morning and late afternoon. It's an impressive show! Other good areas to see elk include Finley National Wildlife Refuge south of Corvallis and Jewell Meadows Wildlife Management Area near Vernonia.

- 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

WEDNESDAY

GEARS: 28- and 35-mile rides in the McKenzie View Drive area, 6 p.m., at Alton Baker Park, Eugene.

SATURDAY

GEARS: 40- and 70-mile rides to Jasper and Winberry Creek Park. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 9 a.m., slower riders at 9:30.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 60-mile ride in the Saragosa area. Carpool from Alton Baker Park at 8 a.m.

The Obsidians: Sharon Ritchie will lead a 35-mile Camp Creek Road ride; details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Birding

FRIDAY

Lane County Audubon Society: Bon Voyage Vaux's Swifts event, just before sunset, outside Agate Hall at 18th and Agate streets, Eugene.

TUESDAY, Sept. 26

Lane County Audubon Society: Naturalist Steve Shunk of Sisters will present a program on woodpeckers, 7:30 p.m., Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Fishing

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: Larry Sydow of Sy's Jigs & Flies will present a free seminar on "Fall Salmon and Steelhead Jig Fishing," 7 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Greenacres Rd., Eugene.

Hiking

WEDNESDAY

The Obsidians: Sharon Thomas will lead a 5-mile Tam McArthur Rim hike; details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

THURSDAY

The Obsidians: Lyndell Wilken - 11.2-mile Fuji Mountain hike; details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Janet Hall - 7-mile "Mount Pisgah times two" hike; details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Jim & Sharon Duncan - 6.3-mile Indigo Springs hike; Doug McCarty - 11.6-mile Maiden Peak hike; Diane Jeffcott - 8-mile Vivian Lake hike; and Julie Dorland and Zella Andreski - 6.5-mile Tahkenitch Dunes hike. Details, signup at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Nature

FRIDAY

Eugene Natural History Society: Oregon State University entomologist Jeffrey Miller presents, "A caterpillar natural history: from DNA to landscapes," 7:30 p.m., 100 Willamette Hall on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

SUNDAY

Nearby Nature: Spiders are the focus of a family-oriented "Nature Quest" that includes a hike, a craft, a snack and a visit from a costumed Kinder Critter. Meet at the Park Host Residence in Alton Baker Park, 1 p.m. Cost: $2/person or $5/family. Pre-registration: 687-9699.

Paddle sports

SATURDAY

City of Eugene: The River House Outdoor Program is organizing a family canoe outing on Waldo Lake, open to ages 9 and up. Cost: $15. Details, pre-registration: 682-5329.

Walking

SATURDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Independence for 6.2-mile Volkswalk to the Hops Festival, 7 a.m., Willamalane, 215 West C St., Springfield. Details: call 747-6470 or visit www.mossbacks.org.

SUNDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Corvallis for 6.2-mile Volkswalk through campus and the Fall Festival. 7 a.m., Willamalane, 215 West C St., Springfield.

TUESDAY, Sept. 26

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: 6.2-mile Volkswalk through Springfield and Dorris Ranch, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Willamalane, 215 West C St., Springfield.
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