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Learn to xc ski and snowshoe

The Yakima Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Council will partner with The Cascadians to offer lessons at its annual cross country ski and snowshoe open house and jamboree at Bumping Lake Sno-Park on Jan. 25.

Free trail tours with experienced volunteers begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. at Bumping Lake, off US Highway 410 towards Chinook Pass. Participants can also see the portable warming hut near the lake, not far from the trailhead.

No rentals will be available on site, so be sure to bring your own equipment or rent at Sporthaus in Yakima or the Little Red Schoolhouse in Naches. Drivers will need Sno-Park permits, which are available at various stores or online at parks.wa.gov.

U.S. Forest Service personnel and other volunteers will also be around to answer questions about winter recreation and seasonal activities.

Button shoot rolls on

Dale Klingele took home the men's button by shooting a 24 in Week 2 of the 10-week Yakima Valley Sportsman's Association W.K. Button Shoot.

Senior Joe Mills and Super Senior John Cushing both broke perfect scores to win their divisions. Renee Blankenship won the women's button and Tristian Eims won the junior division.

Week 1 men's division winner Jason Klingele won the Annie Oakley competition.

BIRD ALERT

Pine grosbeaks were spotted along N. Wenas Road and the BBQ Flats campground this week. The area also held northern shrike, mountain chickadee, pygmy nuthatch and white-breasted nuthatch.

One Yakima resident had 13 species in his yard this week with the best being Anna's hummingbird, California scrub-jay, red-breasted nuthatch, varied thrush and pine siskin. A Sunnyside resident was able to add tundra swan to his yard list when 15 flew over as they were buffeted by strong winds. His feeders are attracting lots of birds including a quick visit by a lesser goldfinch and the always raucous Steller’s jay, blue jay and California scrub-jay.

Visiting birders scored a few good bird finds this past week. Their highlights numbered 17 species seen at the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge including northern shoveler, mallard, northern pintail, northern harrier, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, northern shrike and a golden eagle along US-97 near Toppenish.

Please email your bird sightings to kdturley@embarqmail.com and be sure to like us on our Facebook page or visit yakimaaudubon.org.

ON THE CALENDAR

TUESDAY: The Yakima Fly Fishers Association will host its weekly fly tying class at 6:30 at Memorial Bible Church, 111 Old Stage Way in Yakima. Materials will be provided and loaner tools are available. For more information, call Ron at 509-952-3971 or email rtb351@gmail.com. Classes will be held each week through Feb. 25.

WEDNESDAY: The Yakima Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing Council will hold its monthly meeting from 7-9 p.m. at the Naches Ranger District Station. Enter through the back door.

GETTING OUTDOORS

THURSDAY: The Cascadian Pathfinders will ski or snowshoe along Oak Creek Road off Highway 12 west of Naches. Call Wies at 509-965-7587 or Fern at 509-985-7898 for meeting time and place.

SATURDAY: The Cascadian Free Spirits will snowshoe five miles with 950 feet of elevation gain to Sand Lake in the White Pass area, Green Trails map 303, with departure at 8 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot. This is a wilderness area with a limit of 12 people per group, so contact Dean at 509-388-6375 or dhata2280@gmail.com; or Ingrid at 509-453-3838 or ialbrecht108@gmail.com to reserve your spot. This is designated as a Cascadian Centennial outing and no parking pass is needed.

MONDAY: The Cascadians will go on a snow outing likely to be five to seven miles of snowshoeing or skiing, at a location to be determined. Be prepared to leave the Chesterley Park parking lot at 8:30 a.m. with proper cold weather clothing, the 13 Essentials, lunch and water. Call Kim at 509-853-8698 for more details.

TUESDAY: The Free Spirits will snowshoe five miles with 950 feet of elevation gain to Sand Lake in the White Pass area, Green Trails map 303, with departure at 8 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot. This is a wilderness area with a limit of 12 people per group, so contact Greg at 509-453-2374 to reserve your spot This is designated as a Cascadian Centennial outing and no parking pass is needed.

ALSO TUESDAY: The Cascadians will ski or snowshoe at a destination to be determined, with departure at 8 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot.

THURSDAY, JAN. 23: The Pathfinders will ski or snowshoe six miles with 700 feet of elevation gain on Wenatchee Ridge in the Liberty Blewett Pass area, Green Trails map 210. There will be stunning views of the Stuart Range on a clear day and an option to turn around sooner. Drivers need a Sno-Park pass. Call Carol at 509-833-7989 for meeting time and place.