Outdoors

Plan your week list of events for June 19

Places such as the sprayground at Titlow Park in Tacoma will be popular as summer officially begins when the June solstice occurs Monday afternoon.
Places such as the sprayground at Titlow Park in Tacoma will be popular as summer officially begins when the June solstice occurs Monday afternoon. Staff file, 2014

Monday

Best birding spots in Washington

David Kaynor will provide his list of the 10 best places to go birding in Washington; Kaynor is a member of the Washington Ornithological Society; 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday; Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; $15; register at tahomaaudubon.org.

Enjoy the June solstice

Summer officially arrives Monday, and with it, the longest day of the year; the June solstice will occur at 3:34 p.m. PDT; that’s when the North Pole will be tilted toward the sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky; we will have 15 hours, 56 minutes of daylight Monday, 7 hours, 28 minutes more than on the December solstice.

Tuesday

Learn to monitor stream bugs

The Stream Team is offering training to help volunteers identify bugs found in streams, which are an indicator of stream health; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday; McLane Nature Trail, Delphi Road, Olympia; Discover Pass needed to park at the trail; register at streamteam.info.

Fly fish for salmon, steelhead

Kristopher Wilson will give a presentation on fishing for salmon and steelhead using traditional fly-fishing methods at the monthly meeting of the South Sound Flyfishers; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.; North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia; free and open to the public; southsoundflyfishers.org.

Saturday

Help at Wapato Park

Volunteers are needed for a work party at a Tacoma park; plan to get dirty as volunteers will help restore the park; wear appropriate clothes; tools and litter bags will be provided; 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; Wapato Park, 6500 S. Sheridan Ave., Tacoma; metroparkstacoma.org.

Music on the Mountain

An outdoor music celebration will be held in the shadow of Mount St. Helens; event will feature the Lower Columbia College Symphonic Band; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday; Johnston Ridge Observatory amphitheater, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument; $5 suggested donation; mshslc.org/events.

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