Class explains birding basics

Tahoma Audubon Society is offering a beginning birding class for adults.

Taught by Mike Walker, a retired wildlife biologist and certified teacher, this class will look at the who, what, where, when, how and why of bird-watching.

Designed for beginners, the class will meet at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Classes will be 6:45-9 p.m. Wednesdays, running from this week through Sept. 23. There also will be field trips on Saturday and Sept. 19.

For ages 18 and older, the cost is $60 for Audubon members and $75 for nonmembers. If you have binoculars, bring them.

To register, call 253-591-6439.


Tips for fishing coho in the Sound

Anil Srivastava, owner of Puget Sound Fly Company in Tacoma, will give a program on fly-fishing for Coho in Puget Sound at Thursday’s meeting of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers.

Srivastava has worked in the industry for 18 years as a guide, travel host, author and speaker.

He will share tips on where and when to fish for both juvenile and adult coho from local beaches as well as from boats and personal watercraft.

The meeting, free and open to the public, will be at Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, starting at 6 p.m. There is an optional $15 dinner that precedes the presentation. The program begins around 8 p.m.


Cascade River Road to close Sept. 8

Cascade River Road will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic from Tuesday through late October. The road closure will begin at the Eldorado parking area near milepost 20 and will affect hikers and climbers approaching the area from either the east or west side.

Eldorado Peak and other peaks accessed via Eldorado Creek will not be affected by the closure. The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration project will require heavy equipment and large dump trucks make the road repairs, according to a press release. A 60-foot long concrete box culvert and debris rack will be installed at Boston Creek, a common washout area. The road was significantly damaged there in 2009 and 2013, when a washout left over 70 visitors temporarily stranded.

Park Service

Beall to lead Seattle park operations

Charles Beall will be the next superintendent of the Seattle area National Park Service sites, including Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Beall will also head the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial (a unit of Minidoka National Historic Site), the Outdoor Recreation Information Center at REI’s Seattle store, as well as the Seattle Trails & Rails partnership with Amtrak. He will be the liaison with the Wing Luke Museum of Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience (affiliated with the Park Service).

Beall starts his new job Oct. 18, replacing Jacqueline Ashwell, who was recently named as the new superintendent of World War II Valor in the Pacific and Honouliuli national monuments in Hawaii. Beall previously worked 10 years at North Cascades National Park Complex in various positions, including acting superintendent, chief of interpretation and education, and interpretive supervisor.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor,