Volunteers sought for join Stevens Pass cleanup effort

The National Forest Foundation, Stevens Pass Ski Area and the U.S. Forest Service are asking volunteers to help pick up trash during the fifth annual Stevens Pass Friends of the Forest Day Trash Cleanup on Wednesday.

Volunteers will ride the ski lift up the mountain and remove trash as they walk down.

People planning to take part are asked to arrive at the ski area, off state Route 2, between 9-10 a.m. The work will last until 2 p.m.

Participants should bring gloves, snacks, bug repellant and a water bottle. You should wear long pants (no shorts), hiking boots or sturdy shoes and dress for the weather (it can be much cooler at the pass). Lunch will be provided by Stevens Pass.

If you plan to take part, you are asked to download and complete the waiver and bring it with you. The waiver can be found at nationalforests.org/connect/volunteer/event/468/signup.

Nature center

Audubon, Metro Parks offering fall birding classes

Registration is underway for three birding classes being offered by the Tahoma Audubon Society and Metro Parks Tacoma later this fall.

The classes are open to people ages 18 and older, and will meet at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.

Here the offerings:

• Beginning birding will be held from 6:45 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays from Nov. 3-17. The cost is $60 for Audubon members and $75 for nonmembers. The class will be taught by Marcus Roening, a local master birder and past president of the Washington Ornithological Society and Tacoma chapter. It will include field trips on Nov. 8 and 15.

• Intermediate birding will run from 7-9 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 15-Oct. 20. The cost is $75 for Audubon members and $90 for nonmembers. The class will be taught by Brandon Hawn. There will be field trips Oct. 19 and 26.

• Advanced birding will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 7-Dec. 9. The cost is $130 for Audubon members and $150 for nonmembers. Ken Brown will be the instructor. There are four field trips scheduled and include travel and overnight stays. The trips will be Oct. 11-12, a day trip Nov. 15 or 22, Dec. 6 and Jan. 17-19.

To register for a class, call the nature center at 253-591-6439. For more information, go to tahomaaudubon.org.

Youth Day

Sportsman’s club teaches outdoors skills during free event

The Paul Bunyan Rifle & Sportsman’s Club will host its annual Youth Day on Aug. 23.

Youths of all skill levels, including beginners, will have the opportunity to shoot a shotgun, rifle and muzzleloader; and learn archery, orienteering and firearm safety.

The firearm instruction is given and supervised by hunter education instructors certified by the state Department Fish and Wildlife and instructors certified by the National Rifle Association.

Participants should arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register, with the event running from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The day’s activities are free for youths up to the age of 18. There will be prizes and lunch will be provided for participants only. Lunch for nonparticipants will be available for a small donation.

To pre-register, contact Bill Montgomery at 253-377-7436 or send an email with the name and age of participants to hei7226@yahoo.com.

The club is at 17902 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup. Learn more about the club at http://pbrsc.org.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com