Outdoors briefs: Bird walk planned at McNary

BURBANK -- A guided bird walk at McNary National Wildlife Refuge is planned April 26.

The theme of the walk, scheduled to start at 2 p.m., is "Enjoy your refuge." It's sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges.

To join the walk, meet at the visitor's parking lot of the refuge, 311 Lake Road, Burbank.

For more information, visit the group's website: http://www.nwrmcnary.org

Kayak tours offered in May

The CREHST Museum and Columbia Kayak Adventures plans a guided kayak tour 9 a.m. to noon May 23.

The tour will include a nature walk through the Columbia Point nature preserve and a kayak tour of the Yakima River Delta.

All equipment will be provided and previous experience is not required. Fee is $65. For more information, call the museum at 943-9000.

Oregon looks to solve reservations loophole

Oregon parks officials say some campers are playing the reservation system to get good campsites at busy times, taking advantage of state rules that allow them to book 14 days of camping time nine months in advance.

The ploy: Figure nine months back from a popular camping time, say Memorial Day weekend.

Then figure 14 more days back and, on that day, book the two weeks leading up to Memorial Day.

Later, cancel most of the 14 days and go camping just for the holiday weekend.