Speaker travels world in pursuit of salmon

Angling author Frank Haw will talk about fishing for salmon around the world at Thursday’s meeting of the South Sound Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

Haw is a former director of the state Department of Fisheries, as well as the author of books about fishing salmon in Washington, Oregon and the Puget Sound area. Thursday’s program will feature fishing adventures in North America; Europe, including Iceland; and Mongolia.

The meeting will be held at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Avenue SE, Lacey. The general meeting starts at 7 p.m., with the program beginning at 8 p.m.

The meeting is free and open to the public. You can learn more about the chapter at sschapterpsa.com.


Nature Center to hold annual native plant sale

The Tacoma Nature Center will hold its fall native plant sale Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The sale provides gardeners a chance to landscape their yard with plants native the area. Planting natives ensures the conservation of precious water resources and provides habitat for local birds, mammals and insects, according to a Nature Center news release.

A list of the plants that will be available will be posted online by 1 p.m. on Friday. You can see the list at tacomanaturecenter.org.

Organizers recommend coming early for the best selection of plants.

In addition to the plant sale, master gardeners will be on hand to share advice on helping your plants thrive.

The center is located at 1919 S. Tyler St. in Tacoma.


Author shares stories on marbled murrelets

Maria Mudd Ruth will shares stories from her book “Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet” at Wednesday’s Olympia Mountaineers adventure program.

In her presentation, Mudd Ruth will talk about the bird’s life history, the 185-year-long search for its elusive nest and the ramifications of finding a nest in 1974, in an old-growth Douglas fir 6 miles inland from the ocean. Subsequent research showed these birds nest as far as 52 miles inland and at elevations of up to 4,400 feet.

Mudd Ruth has published more than a dozen natural history books and lives in Olympia.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a potluck dinner; the program will start at 7 p.m. Attendees should bring a dish to share, as well as their own plate and flatware. The program will be held at Friends Meeting House at Priest Point, 3201 Boston Harbor Road, Olympia.

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