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Byline: The Register-Guard

NEWS & NOTES

February training set for whale watch volunteers

Volunteer training for the spring "Whale Watching Spoken Here" program on the Oregon Coast will be offered Feb. 10-11 at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston. The training will prepare volunteers for the March 24-March 31 whale watch week, when 28 "Whale Watching Spoken Here" sites are staffed to help visitors spot Gray whales and to provide information about the whales and their migration. Details and application forms are available from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Whale Watching Interpretive Center in Depot Bay; e-mail: morris.grover@state.or.us or telephone (541) 765-3304. The forms also can be printed from the Internet at www.whalespoken.org.

Arboretum events focus on plants, lichens, herbal oils

Mount Pisgah Arboretum will offer a trio of plant-related educational activities this weekend. "Licorice Ferns and Other Delicious Plants" will be the focus of a guided nature walk for kids at 1 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, Daphne Stone will lead a "Lichen Walk" that explores the symbiotic relationships between algae and fungi that create the many species of lichens. That walk begins at 1 p.m. at the arboretum's visitor center. Donations are requested for both walks.

A workshop on "Herbal Oil and Lip Salve" will be conducted Sunday by herbalist Sue Sierralupe. Participants will learn how to make a few simple herbal topical medicines and a handmade salve to take home. The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the White Oak Pavilion. Fee: $20 ($15 for arboretum members). Preregistration required; call (541) 747-1504.

Introduction to snowshoeing classes offered

The Outdoor Programs at the University of Oregon and the City of Eugene are offering introduction to snowshoeing sessions in February. The UO course begins with a classroom session Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Room 37 of the Erb Memorial Union. On Sunday, naturalist Dave Walp will lead a snowshoe outing that includes commentary on winter's natural history. Cost is $13 for students and OP Co-op members, $15 general public. Pay the transportation fee at the OP office in the EMU prior to the Thursday pretrip meeting.

Meanwhile, Eugene's Riverhouse Outdoor Program has a snowshoe class Feb. 7 and 11, with a pretrip meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the River House, 301 N. Adams St. Eugene. The outing in the Cascades will be Sunday. Cost is $40. Another session will be offered Feb. 21 and 25. Call 682-5329 for details.

FISHING, HUNTING & WILDLIFE VIEWING

Rivers and streams: Low, clear and cold water has taken some of the steam out of the winter steelhead fishing on coastal streams and the Clackamas and Sandy rivers. However, persistent anglers are still able to pick some steelhead out of pocket water. The best fishing recently has been on the Umpqua River below The Forks.

Lakes: The first stocking of legal-size trout occurred last week at several coastal lakes. In the Florence area, Cleawox Lake got 3,000 trout, while Alder, Dune, and Munsel lakes were each planted with 1,500 trout.

Marine zone: Bottom-fishing prospects are good when ocean conditions permit trips; angling for black rockfish has been good. Low freshwater flows into the bays should provide fair to good bay crabbing. Lingcod and cabezon move inshore to mate and lay eggs this time of year, and fishing for them has been good when surf conditions permit.

Wildlife viewing

Best bets: Portions of the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area are closed to public access every day except Saturday from the end of duck season (Jan. 28 this year) through March 15. Closure of the East and West Coyote and Fisher Butte units is intended to provide waterfowl with sanctuary from disturbance to allow them to maximize use of the available habitat. Public access is allowed on Saturdays to provide for wildlife viewing opportunities. Spectacular concentrations of waterfowl can be seen just before dark when birds flock into the food crops after resting on the open water of the reservoir during the middle of the day.

- Compiled from ODFW and Register-Guard reports. Updates available at www.registerguard.com/news/outdoors_front.php.

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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.

Archery

SUNDAY

Tioga Archery Club: 40-target 3-D trail fun shoot at Roseburg Rod and Gun Club near Winchester (I-5 exit 129). Registration open 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Entry fee: $12 adult, $24 family. Details: Mike Jackson, (541) 673-1792.

Biking

SATURDAY

GEARS: 30-mile Crow Road ride and 35-mile Bear Creek Road ride. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30. Route details: www.eugenegears.org.

SUNDAY

GEARS: 30-mile North Coburg Road ride and 65-mile Poodle Creek metric century ride. Faster riders leave Alton Baker Park at 10 a.m., slower riders at 10:30.

Birding

SATURDAY

South Slough Reserve: Guided birding excursion to see shorebirds, seabirds and predators, 8 a.m. at the Charleston Visitor's Center. Cost: $1. Binoculars, spotting scopes provided. Call (541) 888-5558 to preregister.

Fishing

WEDNESDAY

Northwest Steelheaders: Guide Bob Toman, a specialist on the Clackamas and Deschutes rivers, is the speaker for this month's Emerald Empire chapter meeting, 7 p.m. at the Eagles Aerie, corner of Irving Road and Northwest Expressway.

Hiking

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Joanne Ledet will lead a 4-mile wildlife refuge hike. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

TUESDAY

The Obsidians: Barb Revere will lead a 4-mile hike from Island Park to Autzen footbridge. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., Eugene.

Mushrooming

SATURDAY

Cascade Mycological Society: February Fungal Foray will target late winter mushroom species, 10 a.m., Umpqua National Forest ranger station on Row River Road east of Cottage Grove. Details: (541) 431-0060 or www.cascademyco.org

Nature

SATURDAY

South Slough Reserve: Children ages 6-12 can observe World Wetlands Day by exploring the South Slough National Estuarine Reserve with an interpretive guide. Fee: $3 per child. Details, preregistration: (541) 888-5558.

MONDAY

Oregon Wild: Conservation of Oregon's backcountry roadless areas will be the subject of a photographic presentation sponsored by Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands Project, 6:30 p.m., Tykeson Room, Eugene Public Library.

Paddle Sports

TODAY and Feb. 6

Riverhouse Outdoor Program: Drop-in kayak water polo, 8-10 p.m., Echo Hollow Pool. Fee: $4 ($10 with boat rental). Details: 682-5329.

Snow sports

FRIDAY

Altair Ski & Sports Club: Moonlight ski and snowshoe at Suttle Lake. Details, RSVP: 345-6229.

SATURDAY

The Obsidians: Scott Hovis will lead a moonlight snowshoe walk at Odell Lake; Sandra Larsen will lead a cross-country ski outing from Ray Benson Sno Park; and Lyndell Wilken and John Hegg will lead a ski tour to Yoran Lake. Details, sign-up at the Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

SUNDAY

The Obsidians: Laurie Funkhouser will lead a 6-mile ski tour to Midnight Lake and Doug McCarty will lead a Rosary Lakes ski tour. Details, sign-up at the YMCA, 2055 Patterson St.

Walking

SATURDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: Carpool to Dallas for 6.8-mile Volkswalk, 8 a.m., Willamalane, 215 West C St., Springfield. Details: 747-6470 or www.mossbacks.org.

TUESDAY

Mossbacks Volkssport Club: 6.2-mile group walk on Willamette River bikepaths, 8:45 a.m., Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way.

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