KENNEWICK -- The Richland Rod & Gun Club holds its first meeting of the year at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tri-Cities Elks Lodge, 15 S. Colorado, Kennewick.
Paul Kison and Lloyd Zinsli will discuss and show slides of their trip to Florida in June to fish for tarpon and other species.
Snowshoe classes offered at passes
Classes on snowshoeing will be offered by the Forest Service from the first week of January through March at Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass.
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Kim Larned, snowshoe guide for the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, will lead beginning, intermediate and advanced-level tours at Snoqualmie Pass.
Stevens Pass offers a two-hour program for all skill levels that includes a brief slide show about the area's history.
Larned said participants need to wear layered and insulated clothing, hats, gloves and sturdy, and waterproof boots for the snowshoes.
For more information, maps and directions go to: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs/news/2009/nr-snowshow-walks-20091209.shtml.
BLM to mark fences for grouse, prairie chickens
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is telling its field offices to mark certain fences and guy wires to make them more visible to sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse and lesser prairie chickens.
Studies have shown that barbed-wire fences can be deadly when these bird species fly into the fences without seeing them, although the number of birds killed depends on a variety of factors.
Mortality tends to be a problem in places where large numbers of birds congregate frequently near fences.
Land managers and environmentalists are particularly concerned about the sage grouse, a hen-sized game bird that is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.