Explore habitat on Wine to Wild walk

Join the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and special guest Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest for a free guided walk through the north rim of Cowiche Canyon.

Meet at Wilridge Winery at 5:30 to learn about how the area fits into larger regional efforts and partnerships to connect spaces that benefit habitat, wildlife and humans. Participants are invited to stay afterwards to enjoy wine and more sagebrush-inspired conversation.

BIRD ALERT

One of the best parts of birding during the fall migration is the unexpected surprises. A birder who lives on Konnowac Pass near Moxee counted about 350 common nighthawks flying west to east over her place in just 30 minutes, most were in smaller groups of 8 — 14. This is a significant number of a species that seems to be on the decline in our area. She also noted 33 other species in her yard. Highlights included Cooper’s hawk, belted kingfisher, western wood-pewee, willow flycatcher, Cassin’s vireo, warbling vireo, horned lark, violet-green swallow, bank swallow, barn swallow, red-breasted nuthatch, savannah sparrow, orange-crowned warbler and western tanager. Not bad for a yard list.

The water level is finally dropping at the Byron Pond’s Bus Road pond and the shorebirds love it. Best bird this week was a semi-palmated plover, There were a few shorebirds at the west end of the pond but the largest group can be found in the rocky mudflat that bisects the pond. Other shorebirds included black-necked stilt, killdeer, least sandpiper, western sandpiper, long-billed dowitcher, Wilson’s snipe, greater yellowlegs, and lesser yellowlegs.

A couple of visiting teenage birders had a respectable showing when they notched 25 species while making the south climb of Mt. Adams. Their highlights included red-tailed hawk, black-backed woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, merlin, Hammond’s flycatcher, Canada jay, Steller’s jay, Clark’s nutcracker, mountain chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, mountain bluebird, Townsend’s solitaire, American pipit, gray-crowned rosy-finch, Cassin’s finch, pine siskin, chipping sparrow, Nashville warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, hermit warbler and western tanager.

ON THE CALENDAR

SATURDAY: Yakima Cinema on North 16th Street will host a free showing of ‘Maiden’ at 9:30 a.m. with doors opening at 9. The documentary chronicles the first all-female sailing crew to race around the world. Tracy Edwards and her crew defied the odds, fighting sexism in what was considered a man’s sport on their way through difficult conditions for several months from 1989-1990.

GETTING OUTDOORS

THURSDAY: The Cascadian Pathfinders will hike four miles with 600 feet of elevation gain at sunrise along open meadows to Sourdough Gap/Dege Peak, where most of the elevation gain is at the beginning and the end. You’re rewarded with a marvelous view of Mt. Rainier. Bring lunch, water, poles, the usual stuff and money for ice cream after the hike. Drivers need a Senior Pass. Call Donna at 509-452-3961 or Kathy at 509-575-3693 for meeting time and place.

SATURDAY: Join The Cascadians for a family-friendly Saturday easy hike to Naches Peak/Dewey Lakes, totaling eight miles with 1,350 feet of elevation gain. Departure is at 8 a.m. and drivers need a Senior pass or a Northwest Forest Pass. Call Rudy Labernik at 509-248-7304 for more information.

MONDAY: Yakima Basin Velo hosts its Mellow Monday ride that starts at 5:30 p.m. at Wide Hollow Elementary School and goes for 20 miles on relatively flat roads at an often brisk pace with several stops to regroup before finishing back at the school.

TUESDAY: The Cascadian Free Spirits will go on two hikes in the Leavenworth area limited to eight people each by wilderness regulations. One group will hike 8.5 miles with 2,200 feet of elevation gain to Colchuck Lake with departure at 7:30 a.m. Call Gary Hird 360-494-2721 to reserve a spot. The other group will hike seven miles with 1,472 feet of elevation gain to Eightmile Lake with departure at 6:30 a.m. Email Kathleen Harvester at mrspickerk@gmail.com to reserve spot. Drivers in both groups need a Northwest Forest Pass or a Senior Pass.

ALSO TUESDAY: The Cascadian Trekkers will hike approximately 10 miles with 3,200 feet of elevation gain to Owyhigh Lakes and Tamanos Ridge in Mount Rainier National Park. Departure will be at 7:30 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot. Call Roger and Lori Bracchi at 509-965-3305 with any questions.

ALSO TUESDAY: Bearded Monkey Cycling and Fitness will host its weekly road rides with various distances and paces for different skill levels. Meet at the store at 6 p.m. and be ready to roll out at 6:15 to ride until around 7.

WEDNESDAY: The Cascadians will host Golf 4 Fun on the Apple Tree back nine in Yakima. Call Sharon Liner if you want to play.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5: The Pathfinders will hike four miles with 600 feet of elevation gain at sunrise along open meadows to Dege Peak, where most of the elevation gain is at the beginning and the end. You’re rewarded with a marvelous view of Mt. Rainier. Bring lunch, water, poles, the usual stuff and money for ice cream after the hike. Drivers need a Senior Pass. Call Donna at 509-452-3961 or Kathy at 509-575-3693 for meeting time and place.

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