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Byline: The Register-Guard

NEWS & NOTES

Outdoor Program offers intro to cross-country skiing

The University of Oregon Outdoor Program is offering a two-part introduction to cross-country skiing, beginning with a classroom session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 37 in the basement of the Erb Memorial Union on campus. The second part is an on-snow session all day Saturday. Bring your own skis or rent from local shops. A transportation fee of $12 ($10 for students and OP members) will be charged. Pre-register and pay at the OP office before the Thursday session. Details: 346-4365.

Comment sought on offshore boating rules

The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public input regarding the use of satellite telephones as an alternative to single-sideband radios when operating beyond 20 miles offshore. The Marine Board is accepting written public comment on the proposed satellite telephone rule through Feb. 21. Comments can be sent to Bill Rydblom, OSMB, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309, or e-mailed to William.rydblom@state.or.us or via fax (503) 378-4597.

In addition to the proposed telephone rule, the Marine Board directed its staff to review all current Oregon Ocean Charter Boat equipment requirements, including navigation equipment and life-raft requirements for boats traveling beyond 20 miles.

Steelheaders West re-opens in new location

Steelheaders West, a locally owned tackle-and-bait shop, has re-opened at a new location in Springfield. The store closed its doors at 1683 Laura Street several weeks ago and moved to 4405 Main Street in early January.

'Mountain Men' plan winter rendezvous

The Tioga Mountain Men will hold their annual black-powder rendezvous Feb. 3-4 at Rook Higgins Park on the Coos River near Allegany. There is no fee except to enter optional competitive events. Details: contact Ken Sjogren, (541) 396-5565.

Meeting cancelled for Fern Ridge Wildlife Area plan

A meeting on the proposed update of the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area management plan that was to have been held Wednesday at the wildlife area has been cancelled. An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said meetings on the plan will be rescheduled in the Eugene area.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Oregon angling highlights

Rivers and streams: Winter steelhead fishing prospects are excellent in most rivers and streams on the Oregon coast, except for those that have become too low and clear.

Lakes: Junction City Pond and the Willamette Basin flood control reservoirs offer the best prospects for trout angling.

Marine zone: The entire Oregon coast is now open for razor clams, bay clams and mussels. Crabbing has been excellent in Yaquina Bay, with many large, hard-shelled crabs reported. Coos Bay crabbing has been only fair. Winter crabbing can be excellent when the weather and water conditions cooperate. Bottom fishing is good when conditions allow boats to get out.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Year-round resident bald eagles are joined this time of year by migratory bald eagles that winter in the Willamette Valley and summer to the north. Wintering bald eagles may be seen in the Willamette Valley within several miles of the Coburg hills, where several dozen concentrate for night roosting. They are a relatively common sight near major streams and reservoirs, and at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. Eagles are also commonly seen scavenging sheep in grass fields and sheep pastures in Linn County.

Flocks of tundra swans are also seen feeding in grass seed fields throughout the Willamette Valley. These large white birds are very visible against the fields' green backgrounds, and the numbers of these beautiful birds have been increasing in the Willamette Valley.

- 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.

Biking

SATURDAY

GEARS: 20- and 35-mile road rides in the Bailey Hill/Lorane area. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Detailed route info: www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 20- and 35-mile road rides in the Bailey Hill/Lorane area. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30.

Birding

TODAY

Lane County Audubon Society: Scott Bridgham will discuss wetlands and climate changes, 7:30 p.m., Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

FRIDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: Steve Gordon will lead an "Owl Walk" through Great Horned Owl habitat during mating season, 5:30 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitor Center off Seavey Loop Road. Donation requested. Details: 747-1504.

Hiking

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Peter Asai will lead a trail maintenance work party on Spencer Butte; meet at Spencer Butte Park off S. Willamette Street at 9 a.m. Tools provided.

Hunting

WEDNESDAY

McKenzie Long Toms: The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation meets at 7 p.m. at the Santa Clara Fire Station. Plans for the upcoming Sportsmen's Show and the group's annual banquet will be discussed.

Nature

SATURDAY

South Slough Reserve: David Elwood of the Ocean Engineering Department at Oregon State University will discuss the science and technology behind harnessing the power of waves to produce energy, 1 p.m. at the Interpretive Center, off Seven Devils Road south of Charleston. Call (541) 888-5558 to pre-register.

SUNDAY

Mount Pisgah Arboretum: David Stone will present a workshop on "Nature Photography in a Digital World," 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arboretum's Visitor Center. Follow-up session Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Fee: $20 public, $17 MPA members. Pre-registration required; call 747-1504.

Navigation

THURSDAY

G.I. Joe's: Jeff Bongcayao will conduct a clinic on GPS navigation units for autos, 6 to 7 p.m., G.I. Joe's, 1030 Green Acres Rd., Eugene.

Snow sports

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Bob Huntley will lead a 7-mile Fawn Lake ski tour and Marianne Camp will lead a 5-mile snowshoe to Gold Lake and Bechtel Shelter. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Laurie Funkhouser will lead a 6-mile Rosary Lake cross-country ski. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Walking

TODAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: 6.8-mile group walk at Dorena Lake; carpool at 8:30 a.m. from Willamalane, 215 West C St., Springfield. Details: 747-6470 or www.mossbacks.org.

WEDNESDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: 4- to 5-mile walk at Hendricks Park, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: 726-8154.

FRIDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: 4- to 5-mile walk at Hendricks Park, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: 726-8154

SATURDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: 4-mile walk on the Valley River bike paths, 9 a.m. Details, RSVP: 343-7803.

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Myrtle Creek for 6.8-mile Volkswalk, 8 a.m., Willamalane, 215 West C St., Springfield.

SUNDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to West Albany for 6.2-mile walk, 1 p.m., Willamalane.

MONDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Lowell for 6.2-mile walk, 8 a.m., Willamalane.

GET UPDATES ONLINE

For updated fishing reports and breaking outdoors news throughout the week, check the Blogging the Outdoors: www.registerguard.com/outdoors

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