Outdoors briefs: Bats focus of Audubon Society meeting

A presentation about bats, their life cycle and how they benefit other life will be the topic of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society's monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union Street, Kennewick.

Cole Lindsey, bat biologist and natural resources specialist for Washington Closure Hanford, will explain bat morphology and other facts about bats in the Mid-Columbia.

He also will discuss the two-year process that led to protecting a roosting bat colony at Hanford.

The program, which is open to the public, will begin around 7:40 p.m. after a brief business meeting and social break.

For more information about the society, go to www.lowercolumbiabasinaudubon.org.

Pasco offering kayak tour on Columbia River

The Pasco Recreation Department will be offering a kayak tour for adults from 1:30-6 p.m. on June 19.

The tour will depart from Columbia Point Park and will end with dinner at Anthony's Restaurant, 450 Columbia Point Drive, Richland.

Directions and a detailed itinerary will be provided upon registration. Registration deadline is June 15.

Cost is $49 for Pasco residents, $54 for others. For more information, call 509-545-3456.

Snow still covers parts of Umatilla forest

PENDLETON -- Much of the Umatilla National Forest remains under snow and that access to favorite Memorial Day camping sites may be difficult or impossible.

Recreation officer Larry Randall says it is an unusual spring in the Blue Mountains and that most places above the 4,500-foot level cannot be accessed.

He said there is still about 5 feet of snow at Tollgate and many lower-level campgrounds are open for this weekend but likely will fill quickly.