Outdoors

Dispatches for Jan. 10

Conservation

Salmon group holds annual meeting Jan. 20

Jacques White, executive director of Long Live the Kings, will be the featured speaker when the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group holds its annual meeting Jan. 20.

White is expected to give an overview of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, a five-year research project in the shared waters of British Columbia and Washington that seeks to understand the biggest question about salmon recovery in the greater Puget Sound: why salmon are dying in the Salish Sea.

In addition, the group will give an update on its current projects, show a new video and elect board members.

A clambake will begin the free gathering at 5:30 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.

For more information, go to spsseg.org or call 360-412-0808.

Birds and more

Tanzania safari topic of Audubon program

Dan Streiffert will give a program on Tanzania’s wildlife during Thursday’s meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Society.

Currently the chairman of the Rainier Audubon Society, Streiffert came back from his safari with 11,000 photos. His program will include images of some of the 40 bird species he saw, a lion chase and wildebeests crossing the Mara River.

The doors open at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.

For more information, go to tahomaaudubonsociety.

org.

New Zealand

Mountaineer tells of exploring South Island

Margot Tsakonas will give a presentation Friday on trekking in New Zealand at the Tacoma Mountaineers open house and speaker series.

In February, Tsakonas was part of a group of Mountaineers who explored the South Island’s backcountry, including the alpine ridges, peaks and waterfalls of the Routeburn and Kepler “Great Walks,” the waterfalls and cliffs of Milford Sound, the unique rock formations, southern ocean vistas and beaches of the Hump Ridge Track, and the glacier vistas and icy lakes of Mount Cook.

At 7 p.m., there will be an orientation on the programs and courses offered by the Tacoma branch of the Mountaineers. Among them are climbing and scrambling, sea kayaking, skiing, hiking, social and family activities, sailing, and avalanche training.

Tsakonas will give her program at 7:45 p.m. The program will be at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center, 2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma.

Travel series

Olympia resident gives program on Baja trip

Allen Mote will give a presentation Wednesday on traveling the Baja Peninsula as part of the Olympa Senior Center’s Travel and Adventure Series.

It was a year ago that Mote left Olympia to spend six weeks exploring the backcountry and meeting the people of Baja California, Mexico.

In his program, “Unexpected Baja: Discoveries and People along the Roads Less Traveled,” Mote will share his experiences of traveling through the Sierras, along the Sea of Cortez and through the colonial town of Todos Santos.

The program will begin at 10:15 a.m. at the senior center, 222 Columbia Ave. NW, Olympia.

There will be time to talk with Mote during a lunch at Traditions Cafe. Call the center at 360-586-6181 to reserve a space.

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

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