Outdoors

Outdoors briefs: Central Basin Audubon to count bald eagles

MOSES LAKE -- Central Basin Audubon Society will conduct its annual count of bald eagles wintering in Northrup Canyon in northern Grant County on Jan. 24.

Participants will carpool from the Moses Lake Grocery Outlet parking lot at Stratford Road, departing at 7:30 a.m.

Participants also may meet the group at the Northrup Canyon parking area at about 2:30 p.m. and record eagles coming into roost until 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

RSVP to Randy Hill at 509-488-9418 by Wednesday if planning to attend the all-day trip.

BLM rec sites damaged by Yakima flooding

The Bureau of Land Management has temporarily closed portions of the four developed recreation sites it manages in the Yakima River Canyon because of damage from flooding.

BLM's Umtanum, Lmuma Creek, Big Pines and Roza recreation sites have all experienced damage, from buried tables and fire rings, to damaged boat launches and signs.

Closures include the Umtanum bridge and boat launch; all of Lmuma Creek; Big Pines boat ramp, outhouses and the north end of the campground; and Roza boat ramp.

Contact the Wenatchee BLM office at (509) 665-2100 for further questions or to check conditions.

Groups file lawsuit over rare woodland caribou

SPOKANE -- Four environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking critical habitat designation for endangered woodland caribou that roam northern Idaho and northeastern Washington state.

The designation of critical habitat could restrict snowmobiling and other activities that could harm the last caribou herd in the Lower 48 states.

About 40 caribou roam between the two states and into Canada.

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