Everything you need to know about alcids
Peter Hodum, a professor at the University of Puget Sound, will speak on the ecology and conservation of alcids in Washington state waters during the Yakima Valley Audubon Society program on Thursday evening.
Tufted puffins, rhinoceros auklets and other birds belong to the family Alcidae, which includes 15 species that have been recorded in Washington. Hodum, who works in the Department of Biology and Decision Making Program at Puget Sound, will provide an overview of collaborative research programs focused on improving our understanding of alcids.
The program is free to join on Zoom and starts at 7 p.m. For the link and to see past programs, go to yakimaaudubon.org.
DNR and WDFW discuss e-bikes
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources are seeking public input on how to handle pedelecs on public lands.
Two virtual meetings are scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12 and from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 18. Interested persons can also visit wdfw.wa.gov/ebikes and complete a public survey available through July 15.
Currently the DNR and WDFW allow e-bikes on roads and trails open to motorized vehicles, or on all trails and roads where bikes are permitted for riders who carry a valid parking plate under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
With the irrigation season in full force and shorebird migration resuming, now is a good time to watch out for any flooded pastures and fields you may encounter. Although flood irrigation is not very efficient, many shorebirds and migrating waterbirds use the flooded agricultural fields of the Yakima region to fuel their northward migration.
This is the first year such a field, just west of Sunnyside on Highway 12, has been flooded and although it is only about an acre in size, it has already attracted Canada geese, cinnamon teal, shoveler, mallard, green-winged teal, black-necked stilt and killdeer.
There are also areas that are flooded purely for the support of migratory birds, such as the Sunnyside Wildlife Reserve (SWA), which has a high priority for the management and restoration of wetland, riparian and upland/steppe habitats. shrublands for waterfowl and other migrating birds.
This week, SWA birders observed 108 black-necked stilts, 16 American avocets, killdeers, 20 dunlins, sandpipers, long-billed sandpipers, and large and small yellowlegs. They also noted wood duck, cinnamon teal, 100+ shovellers, gadwall, wigeon, mallard, pintail, 100+ green-winged teal, ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, bufflehead, Virginia rail, sora, hundreds of American coots, American white pelicans and great blue herons.
These areas are expected to continue to be warm over the next few weeks as the migration continues.
SATURDAY: The Hard Core Runners Club will host their fun weekend three to six mile run with all pace and ability welcome. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in Chesterley Park West parking lot, between the YMCA/Rotary Aquatics Center and North 40th Avenue in Yakima.
ALSO SATURDAY: The inaugural Never Say Never Half Marathon will be held on a mostly flat course starting at 8 a.m. for walkers and 9 a.m. for runners at French Canyon Farms at 8 a.m. Registration is complete but a waiting list is available at RunSignup.com.
SUNDAY: The Teanaway Trail Runs will include a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon, all starting between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Registration is $37 for the 5k, $42 for the 10k, $52 for the half marathon and $61 for the full marathon. through Thursday, then $45/$50/$60/$70 on race day with discounts for children in grades 1-12. For more information and to register, go to nwtrailruns.com.
WEDNESDAY: The Hard Core Runners Club will meet for their weekly race at 6 p.m. in Franklin Park, where they run either on the track or in the street.
THURSDAY: The Cascadian Pathfinders will travel five miles with 1,000 feet of elevation gain at Manastash Ridge near Ellensburg. Call Greg at 509-453-2374 for meeting time and location.
FRIDAY: The Cascadians will host Golf 4 Fun, a relaxed and enjoyable outing at Fisher Park Golf Course in Yakima. Call or text Sharon at 610-703-6750 to RSVP or get more information.
SATURDAY: The Cascadians will host an 8.4-mile hike with 1,200 feet of elevation gain at White Bluffs North in the Hanford Reach, with an 8 a.m. departure from the Chesterley Park parking lot. There is no shade, so wear a cap and sunscreen. Contact Jeff and Joyce Hagen at 509-966-5432 or email@example.com for more information.
NEXT WEDNESDAY: The Cascadians will host Golf 4 Fun, a relaxed and enjoyable outing at the River Ridge Golf Course in Selah. Call or text Sharon at 610-703-6750 to RSVP or get more information.