Outdoors briefs: Oregon winery honored for DU commitment

DUNDEE, Ore. -- Duck Pond Cellars recently was designated a "Corporation for Conservation" and awarded a Bronze Teal Sponsor Award by Ducks Unlimited.

Duck Pond received the award after committing more than $10,000 in wine and merchandise to benefit Ducks Unlimited chapters throughout the Northwest.

"We are honored to be recognized for our contributions," said Duck Pond president and co-owner Greg Fries, who also owns Desert Wind Winery in Prosser. "But most importantly, we feel great knowing that sales of our wine and merchandise will be used to help conservation efforts in the Northwest."

According to Allan Hopp, Ducks Unlimited Region 1 vice president, the majority of the proceeds from Duck Pond's donations will be leveraged to secure grants for wetland restoration.

Naturalist to speak at Audubon meeting

Andy Stepniewski, naturalist and author of Birds of Yakima County, will talk about raptors at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 during the November meeting of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society.

The meeting will be at the Kennewick First Lutheran Church at Yelm Street and Highway 395. Stepniewski has been studying birds, their habitat and conservation for half a century. Washington state has recorded 37 species of birds of prey.

Oregon offers online hunting, fishing licenses

SALEM, Ore. -- Hunters and anglers can now go online to buy their Oregon licenses.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering residents and nonresidents alike a chance to buy licenses using credit cards on their Web site, rather than just at authorized dealers.

DeAnna Erickson, Fish and Wildlife's license services manager, says this is a convenience that people have been asking for.