Outdoor briefs for June 13

Marine education

‘Meet the Expert’ series begins Saturday

The South Sound Estuary Association’s “Meet the Expert” summer lecture series will kick off Saturday, June 20. .

The Olympia conservation and education group will feature presentations by a staffer from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife four times this summer.

The first program will be on sharks, given by research scientist Dayv Lowry.

Subsequent presentations will be July 25, Taylor Frierson talking about bottomfish in Puget Sound; Aug. 11, Hannah Faulkner talking about forage Fish; and Aug. 22, Bruce Bolding, talking about warmwater fishes in the state.

“The association is trying out a new idea. We have such wonderful resource people in our community,” said Diana Larsen-Mills, acting executive director for the association. “We are excited to provide an opportunity for people to learn more about these topics from the experts.”

All the presentations will start at 1 p.m. at the Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia.


Grants will support lighthouse renovations

Lighthouses at Browns Point in Tacoma, Grays Harbor in Westport, New Dungeness in Sequim and Turn Point on Stuart Island in the San Juan Islands have received grants for restoration projects.

Lighthouse Environmental Programs announced last week that $22,500 in grants were awarded. The grants are funded by sales of Washington Lighthouse license plates, which have provided nearly $175,000 in grants since 2009, according to a news release from the group. For each license plate sold or renewed, the program receives $28.

Browns Point received $6,450 to restore the original oil house, once used to store kerosene for the navigational lamp. Grays Harbor received $6,800 to build and install a new watch room exterior door. New Dungeness received $4,250 to clean and paint the lighthouse tower. Turn Point got $5,000 to restore three doors on the fog-signal building.

There are 12 nonprofit lighthouses and one lightship eligible for grants in Washington. For more information, visit washingtonlighthouses.org.

Mewin hatchery

Fishing derby will serve children with disabilities

Children with disabilities will have the chance to catch trout during a special fishing event July 11 at the Merwin Fish Hatchery, east of Woodland.

More than 100 children and their families are expected to turn out for the 17th annual Merwin Special Kids Day, sponsored by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific Power and GoPAW.

Prior to the event, the state will plant two wheelchair-accessible rearing ponds with up to 3,000 trout ranging from 1-4 pounds. Volunteers will serve as one-on-one fishing coaches, assisting youngsters throughout the day.

Rods, reels, tackle and T-shirts will be provided for participants to use and keep. A free barbecue lunch will be served, followed by fish painting, a casting contest and other activities.

The event will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Participants should call 800-899-4421 to pre-register by June 30.


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