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Yakima Herald-Republic file

Jason Klingele wins button shoot

Jason Klingele outlasted John Cushing for the 16-yard club championship after 100 birds in a shoot-off at the W.K. Button Shoot finale.

Dakotah Eims broke a perfect 25 to win the club championship in the men’s division, as did Tom Rogers and John Cushing before Cushing won the super seniors championship in a shoot off. Deanna Turnbull beat out four other shooters to win the ladies club championship and junior shooter Tristan Eims took home the honor in his division by breaking a 24.

 

10 multi-day hikes around the world

Fiona Davies of New Zealand-based “Active Adventures” will share 10 of her favorite multi-day hikes with the Cascadians at their monthly meeting Wednesday night.

Her program features five famous hikes and five lesser-known, off-the-beaten track hikes for those looking to explore beyond the United States. Davies will also provide tips about the best way to hike these places and how to prepare.

Prior to the 7 p.m. meeting in Meyer Auditorium at Living Care Center on 40th Ave., Dan Fortier will host a new member orientation at 5:45 in the Village East Room at the Living Care Center. The program will include a history of the club, details on its civic involvement, and the activities it hosts.

Participants must RSVP and they will receive details about group activities and a list of committee leaders with contact info. Send an email to fortierdankaren@gmail.com or call 509-952-5900.

 

BIRD ALERT

As I noted last week with the arrival of violet green swallows it appears that I finally have a few genuine signs of spring to report. Arriving right behind the violet green swallows were tree and cliff swallows spotted at Lateral C Road, where there was also a flock of 17 dunlin. Nearby, along Pumphouse Road, 4 aptly named sagebrush sparrows were seen sitting and sunning in the sagebrush. There was also a large flock of 21 sandhill cranes in a cornfield at Marion Drain Road and Ashue Road.

Turkey vultures were observed flying over North 16th Avenue north of Fruitvale Boulevard as well as along Lewandowski Road near Sunnyside and a Say’s phoebe was noted along Pleasant Hill Road west of Selah.

A father and daughter birding along Lateral C Road spotted a Eurasian wigeon then on their way home, spotted a second Eurasian Wigeon for the day in a beaver pond at the 40th Avenue exit off of Highway 12.

A local birder visited the bird blind at the Yakima Area Arboretum and found that the white-throated sparrow still hanging around. The bonus was spotting a slate-colored fox sparrow. This subspecies of fox sparrow is probably a migrant as they are not known to winter in Central Washington.

Please email your bird sightings to kdturley@embarqmail.com and be sure to like us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yakimaaudubon/https://www.facebook.com/yakimaaudubon/ or visit our website at yakimaaudubon.org/http://yakimaaudubon.org/.

-- Kerry L. Turley

 

ON THE CALENDAR

THURSDAY: The Yakima River Runners will offer a kayak roll practice for $5 per person from 8:30-9:30 p.m. at the Yakima Athletic Club. Boats may be available for beginners who contact the group via their Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/pg/yakimariverrunners/events/?ref=page_internal

ALSO THURSDAY: Kelsey Green and Jonathan Stumpf of American River will give a presentation on their organization and the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan at the Yakima Fly Fishers Association montly meeting.

They’ll cover the organization’s past work with wild and scenic designations, hydropower reform, current projects nationwide and the role American Rivers plays in salmon and steelhead restoration in the Yakima Basin. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the banquet room of Magic’s Pizza in Selah.

SATURDAY: Pheasants Forever is welcoming volunteers for its second annual bird count to estimate the population at nine different areas. Meet at Cabela’s Outpost in Union Gap at 8 a.m. and be ready to leave by 8:10, or meet at Wheeler’s Korner (Lateral A and Wapato Road in Wapato) at 8:30 a.m. followed by a barbecue lunch and refreshments. RSVP before noon Friday by emailing pheasantsforever311@outlook.com or calling 509-834-8378.

 

GETTING OUTDOORS

THURSDAY: The Cascadian Pathfinders will hike five miles with 500 feet of elevation gain at Dusty Lake, east of Vantage near Quincy. Bring water, poles, lunch and the 13 Essentials. Drivers need a Discover Pass. Call Rudy at 509-248-7304 for meeting time and place.

SATURDAY: Join the Cascadians for David’s Winter Walk No. 5 at a location to be determined based on weather, with departure at 8:30 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot across from the Powerhouse Grill. These are usually easy-intermediate to easy-advanced hikes (i.e. possible steep pitches, elevation gain of 2,000 feet or so and/or travel over scree and talus) with a leisurely lunch. Come prepared for weather conditions and drivers will most likely need a Discover Pass. Call David Hagen at 509-965-3697 with any questions.

TUESDAY: The Cascadian Free Spirits will snowshoe along Maintenance Shed Road at White Pass, Green Trails map 303, and the Trekkers will ski/snowshoe at a location to be determined based on weather just before the Free Spirits depart at 8 a.m. and the Trekkers depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot across from the Powerhouse Grill. Call Mic Powell at 509-248-1268 or Dean Hata at 509-388-6375 with any questions regarding the Free Spirits outing and drivers will need a Sno-Park Permit.

SATURDAY: Join the Cascadians for Dave’s Sagebrush Ramble #1, a hike in the shrub-steppe either locally or out in the Columbia Basin with departure from the Chesterley Park parking lot at 8:30 a.m. These are usually easy-intermediate to easy-advanced hikes (i.e. possible steep pitches, elevation gain of 2,000 feet or so and/or travel over scree and talus) with a leisurely lunch. The destination is usually decided by the leader on his way to the parking lot. Come prepared for the weather conditions of the day and drivers will most likely need a Discover Pass. Call David Hagen at 509-965-3697 for more information.

MONDAY: Join the Cascadians for the first of six weekly conditioning hikes on trails in the Yakima Canyon with departure at 3 p.m. from the Chesterley Park parking lot. This steep, strenuous and informal hike will be 2.2 miles with 1,300 feet of elevation to the Skyline Rim. Participants should plan to move at their own pace and spring weather can be “iffy”, so bring layers, a rain jacket and a headlamp just in case, as well as water. Call Kim Hull at 509-853-8698 for more information.

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.