KENNEWICK -- The Inter-Mountain Alpine Club plans a free lecture and slideshow about Yellowstone National Park in winter from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick.
Ten members of the club visited Yellowstone in February 2007, starting at Mammoth Hot Springs, then taking a snow coach to Old Faithful to ski and observe the park's beauty in winter.
Audubon members to lead bird walk today
RICHLAND -- Members of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society will lead a bird walk today on Bateman Island.
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The group, which will include beginning birders, will meet at 8 a.m. at the Wye Park above the causeway to Bateman Island at the north end of Columbia Center Boulevard.
Participants should wear sturdy shoes, bring binoculars and dress for changeable weather. For more information about the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society go to www.LCBAS.org.
State parks unveil winter schedule
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced its 2009-2010 winter schedule.
Each year, the commission publishes a winter schedule that establishes which parks will remain open, which will close and which will offer limited services, such as a reduced number of camping sites and restrooms.
The winter schedule is available online at www.parks.wa.gov/newsreleases/.
It indicates that this season, more than 100 parks will be open seven days a week, 21 parks are closed until dates in March and April, and five parks are remaining open during the winter on weekends and holidays only.
For a list of parks with extended reservation dates, visit www.parks.wa.gov. Reservations may be made online at www.parks.wa.gov or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.