Outdoors

Adventure briefs: Club celebrates anniversary, conservation efforts

The Puget Sound Flyfishers on Saturday will celebrates its 60th anniversary, including the group’s conservation and education efforts, such as teaching fly casting to students from Tacoma School of the Arts in 2006.
The Puget Sound Flyfishers on Saturday will celebrates its 60th anniversary, including the group’s conservation and education efforts, such as teaching fly casting to students from Tacoma School of the Arts in 2006. Staff file, 2006

Fly fishing

Club celebrates 60th anniversary

The Puget Sound Flyfishers will host a banquet to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the club’s founding. The event will be Saturday at the Emerald Queen Convention Center in Fife.

The group will celebrate 60 years of friendship and fly fishing, said club member Mike Clancy. The evening will include a look back at 60 years of fly-fishing history in the Puget Sound region and the individuals who made that history, he added.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door for $40 each, and the public is welcome. The convention center is at 5700 Pacific Highway E., Fife, WA.

For more information on the club, go to psff.org.

Mount Rainier

Mountain drivers need tire chains Nov. 1

Drivers venturing into Mount Rainier National Park and part of Olympic National Park are reminded they must have tire chains with them as of Tuesday.

The tire chain requirement applies to all vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive, regardless of tire type or weather conditions. It is in place until May 1.

Officials at Mount Rainier also said Stevens Canyon Road along the south side of the park will close for the season Monday, as will the Paradise Valley Road.

The White River Road to the campground will remain open until Nov. 21 or the first heavy snowfall. The road from the campground to Sunrise is already closed.

State Route 123 over Cayuse Pass also is scheduled to close Nov. 21, unless the area gets too much snow. No closure date has been set for Chinook Pass.

Westside Road is scheduled to close Nov. 7, unless a heavy snowfall forces an earlier closure.

The park’s Twitter feed regularly updates road closures.

Birding

Tahoma Audubon offers 2 classes

The Tahoma Audubon Society is offering two birding classes next month through its family program.

Beginning Birding: Instructor Marcus Roening is a master birder and past-president of the Washington Ornithological Society and Tahoma Audubon Society. The class meets 6:45-9 p.m. Mondays Nov, 7, 14 and 21, includes local field trips from 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 7 and 14. Participants are responsible for their own food and transportation during field trips. Cost is $67, $60 for chapter members. For ages 18 and older. Class meets at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.

Fall Common Birds of Western Washington: Participants will learn about 75 of the most common bird species found in the state during the fall. This is a great starting place for novice bird watchers. Topics include identifying fall birds and the best places to find them. Taught by David Kaynor, a member of the Washington Ornithological Society. Participants are required to have the “National Geographic Society Field Guide to North American Birds,” sixth edition. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park, 2917 Morrison Road W., University Place, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 7. For ages 14 and older. Cost is $28, $25 for chapter members.

Register for the classes by calling the nature center at 253-591-6439.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor,

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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