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Running Wild offers various family events.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Running Wild - a family 5K run/walk that incorporates trap shooting, archery, spin casting and identifying wildlife tracks along the trail - will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis.

All activities are supervised by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff or certified hunter and angler education volunteers, who are trained to coach newcomers in outdoor skills and put safety first.

Participants can visit the four outdoor skills stations in any order they choose, and each skills event is optional. Runners and walkers may also choose not to do the outdoor events and participate in the 5K event only.

The event also includes a birds-of-prey demonstration, music and a wildlife information booth. Cost is $25; $20 for youths 10 to 16; free to those 9 and younger. Cost does not include a $2.50 registration fee. Groups of five or more receive $5 discount per registrant. No dogs allowed. To register, visit

The event is sponsored by ODFW and Pheasants Forever, and benefits the Governor's Holiday Toy Drive.

Watershed offers summer camps

School children can explore the lakes, forests and streams of the Siuslaw and Coastal Lakes watersheds by participating in a Siuslaw Watershed Council summer camp.

Campers in the fourth through 12th grade will learn about plants, animals, water and land; take part in activities such as canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking; and perform hands-on restoration work on a watershed project.

The introductory camp for those entering grades 4 through 6 is June 27-30; the intermediate camp for those entering grades 6 through 8 is July 11-14; and the advanced camp for those entering 8 through 12 with previous watershed experience is July 18-22.

The introductory and intermediate camps are day camps, and the advanced camp includes one overnight camping trip. Each camp is $75 and scholarships are available.

To register or for more information, visit or phone 541-268-3044.

Retired biologist leads turtle talk

Kat Beal, a retired Army Corps of Engineers park ranger and biologist, will discuss the natural history and conservation of the northern Pacific pond turtle during the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council science pub Thursday evening at Gatehouse Pizza, 35855 Plaza Loop Road, in Pleasant Hill.

Beal has many years of experience trapping, tracking and surveying pond turtles in the Willamette Valley. Admission is free.

A meet and greet begins at 6 p.m. with Beal's presentation at 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact MFWWC at

Commenting still open on Pisgah plan

The public has until June 30 to submit comments for Lane County Parks' draft habitat management plan for Howard Buford Recreation Area, also known as Mount Pisgah.

The plan for HBRA includes conserving and restoring prairie, savanna, woodland, forest and river habitats in ways that enhance visitor experience and compatible recreation and educational uses. The draft plan identifies nine "conservation targets," including six rare habitats identified in the statewide Oregon Conservation Strategy.

The draft plan and an online survey can be found at Comments can also be sent via email to

ODFW in search of council member

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for a landowner representative for the Access and Habitat Program's South Willamette Regional Council. Application deadline is June 30.

The A&H program provides grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations, and others for wildlife habitat improvement and to increase hunter access throughout the state. It is funded by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses and proceeds from annual big game auctions and raffles.

Landowners and individuals living in the region with experience managing agricultural or forest properties and an interest in hunting and wildlife conservation are encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact Isaac Sanders at 503-947-6087 or visit

Lecture focuses on fire's role in ecology

Amanda Stamper, Oregon fire management officer with the Nature Conservancy, will discuss prescribed burns, and the history and foundation of the role of fire in the ecology of the Willamette Valley during the 5 p.m. June 28 Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council science pub at the Axe & Fiddle, 657 E. Main St., in Cottage Grove.

Stamper, who has a masters in natural resources, fire ecology and management from Oregon State, will talk about how a controlled fire is used to restore and conserve native species and habitats. She has also worked for the BLM and for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, and Crooked River National Grassland.

The event begins with informal socializing, trivia, prizes and updates about the watershed and watershed council during the first hour. The formal science pub presentation begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to all ages.

Seminar offers tips on Eagle Cap trips

A seminar about backpacking the Eagle Cap Wilderness will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., June 28, at REI Eugene, 306 Lawrence St. The seminar, designed to help backpackers plan a trip to some of the more than 500 miles of trails in the area, will be led by REI staff. Admission is free. Register at

Alcohol ban takes effect along Illinois

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has issued a temporary ban on alcohol along the recreational section of the wild and scenic Illinois River. The forest closure order took effect Wednesday and will be in place through Sept. 30.

The ban is an effort to help restore public safety to the area, according to the Forest Service, which is trying to reduce vandalism and broken glass.

The ban extends from the National Forest boundary on Illinois River Road to an area near the McCaleb Ranch, and also includes the area surrounding Cedar Camp. The ban is effective a quarter-mile on either side of Illinois River Road but not applicable to privately owned lands. Violators face penalties of up to 6 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Mohawk Valley hosts dog trials

Some of the smartest dogs in the Northwest will be competing Friday through Sunday at the Mohawk Valley Sheepdog Trials at the Eymann family farm east of Springfield.

Competitors will be vying for points toward qualifying for the 2016 national championships.

The event, sanctioned by the United States Border Collie Handlers' Association, opens with novice and pro novice classes Friday and continue with open classes Saturday and Sunday. Competition will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

The farm is at 91947 Marcola Road. Some seating and shade will be available. Admission is free.

Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport will observe World Oceans Day on Saturday with family-friendly activities and presentations.

The goal of the observance is to call attention to the ocean's link to the well-being of the planet, including how stopping plastic pollution benefits the world's largest ecosystem - from plankton to people.

The day's highlights include sampling seaweed pickles during an Edible Ocean Demonstration; chatting with divers as they swim with sharks in the Passages of the Deep exhibit; or embarking on a scavenger hunt to win prizes, including sleepovers, animal paintings and a chance to smooch a pinniped.

The less squeamish also may watch a scientist dissect a mako shark and a salmon shark to learn about these powerful ocean predators.

Biologist to discuss owl experiment

Dave Simon, a research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Corvallis, will talk about the experimental removal of barred owls to benefit northern spotted owls during the 6:30 p.m., June 29, meeting of the Siuslaw Watershed Council at the Grange in Blachly.

Abundant barred owls are larger and more aggressive, and have taken over much of the habitat of the northern spotted owl. Simon will discuss the results of an experimental removal of barred owl removal that began in 2015.

In addition, Kim Nelson, a research wildlife biologist at Oregon State University, will talk about the effects of marbled murrelet predation by corvids (crows, ravens and jays).

Fairy homes, forts at Nearby Nature quest

Children may build fairy houses, stick forts and sand castles from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday during a Nearby Nature nature quest at Alton Baker Baker. Participants will meet at Nearby Nature's Learnscape in the park. Cost is $5; free for members. Register by calling 541-687-9699.

Raptor Center holds day of art projects

Families can create original pieces of art, including fairy cottages, using a picture frame, sand and natural objects such as shells, rocks, acorns and leaves during a Family Nature Discovery Day from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, at the Cascades Raptor Center, 32275 Fox Hollow Road.

Activities are recommended for children between 4 and 12, who must be accompanied by an adult. Cost of activities is general admission to the Raptor Center ($8 adults; $7 students/seniors; $5 youths) plus a $2 activity charge. Those who cycle or hike the Ridgeline Trial to the center will have their activity fee waived.

Flood plain project on flyfishers' agenda

Ray Rivera, U.S. Forest Service district fisheries biologist at the McKenzie Ranger Station, will discuss the South Fork McKenzie flood plain enhancement project during the 7 p.m. Thursday meeting of the Cascade Family Flyfishers.

The project appears to be having a positive effect on the natural area between Cougar Dam and the confluence with the main stem McKenzie River. The USFS plans to encourage approximately five miles of the South Fork McKenzie to return to "pre-dam stream bed character."

The meeting will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church on the corner of Oakway and Cal Young roads. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
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Date:Jun 21, 2016
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