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Tolmie State Park

Join field trip to scout for shorebirds

Beach naturalist Janet Partlow will be leading a shorebird scouting trip to Tolmie State Park on Wednesday.

Participants will be looking to see which species of shorebirds are using the estuary at the park as the birds begin their fall migration.

Participant should wear layers of warm clothes, and bring binoculars and/or spotting scopes and a chair to sit on. Dogs should be left at home, but children are welcome to attend if they can sit quietly for two hours.

A basic bird field guide will be helpful. A recommended specialty guide book on shorebirds is “The Shorebird Guide” by Michael O’Brien.

The trip will be from 4-6:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the beach picnic tables at the end of the trail from the lower parking lot.

The event is free, but participants must register. The event is limited to 30 people. You can register, and learn more, at sseacenter.wordpress.com.

Fly fishing

Searun cutthroat expert offers tips, stories

Chester Allen, fly-fishing author and outdoors writer, will be the guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Puget Sound Flyfishers.

Allen, the author of “Fly Fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat,” will talk about finding and fish good sea-run cutthroat beaches, using tide tables, conserving cutthroat and other topics.

Also a blogger, a writer for The Drake and a magazine editor, Allen also wrote on the outdoors for The Olympian for eight years.

His pursuit of searun cutthroat trout began in 1996 when he moved to the South Sound. He now splits his time between Portland and Hood River, Oregon, when he’s not heading for Puget Sound, central Oregon, the Oregon Coast, the Yellowstone area or Montana.

A $15 dinner is offered before the program and meeting. Activities begin at 6 p.m. at Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 Sixth Ave., Tacoma.

Audubon

Challenge your bird identification abilities

Birders will be able to test their identification skills at the Black Hills Audubon Society’s program Thursday.

After taking the summer off, program organizers are restarting the monthly programs with one that is educational and fun.

Whittier Johnson will provide photos of birds, and ask for identification based on what information can be gleaned from the photo. Johnson is calling it “The Unfair and Unhelpful Bird Identification Quiz.”

The meeting will be at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia. Social hour will begin at 7 p.m., and the program will start at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the chapter, go to blackhills-audubon.org.

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

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