Outdoors briefs: McNary waterfowl day set for today

BURBANK -- The public is invited to a demonstration of calling and retrieving waterfowl at the Green Teal Wing Day.

The event is sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. today at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge Education Center, 311 Lake Road in Burbank.

There also will be a show of mounted waterfowl species, duck box construction and a duck banding demonstration.

Gorge animals topic of presentation Aug. 15

THE DALLES -- A presentation on wild animals of the Columbia Gorge is Aug. 15 at Seufert Park below The Dalles Lock and Dam.

The free event starts at 2 p.m. at the picnic shelter next to The Dalles Dam Visitor Center.

Visitors will learn about the types of animals found in the gorge and how they protect themselves from predators and other dangers.

A collection of pelts will be on display along with other natural resource items from the area, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is off Interstate Highway 84 at exit 87.

For more information, contact The Dalles Lock and Dam Ranger Office at (541) 506-7819.

Single Action Shooting event set

BENTON CITY -- The Tri-Cities Shooting Association and Rattlesnake Gulch Rangers will hold the Single Action Shooting Society Northwest Regional Championship at the Rattlesnake Mountain Shooting Facility outside Benton City.

Organizers expect about 200 competitors from Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Canada to participate from Sept. 24-27.

Side matches begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, with the main match event starting at 9 a.m. Friday.

The event is free.

CCA Tri-Cities chapter plans August meeting

The Coastal Conservation Association Tri-Cities chapter will have a general meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Shilo Inn, 50 Comstock St., Richland.

Master Hunter advisory group seeks volunteers

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting letters of interest for membership on the Master Hunter Advisory Group.

The group, which represents master hunters statewide, advises the department on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter Permit Program.

The department director will make formal appointments by March 2010.

Five volunteer positions will be open on the 15-member group early next year. Applicants must be certified master hunters and will serve three-year terms starting March 4, 2010. Appointed members must retain their certification status during their entire term.

Letters of interest must be received by Sept. 30. The advisory group meets at least four times a year in Ellensburg.

Letters of interest should be sent to Tracy Loveless at Tracy.Loveless@dfw.wa.gov or to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Enforcement Program, Master Hunter Section, Attn: Tracy Loveless, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

Letters must include permission for the department to conduct a criminal background check, answers to the three questions, county of residence, and contact information (email, mailing address, and phone number(s).

State acquires acreage near Cowiche

COWICHE -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has acquired 201 acres of shrub steppe habitat in Yakima County with help from two nonprofit organizations, the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy.

The area, which supports a variety of shrub-steppe wildlife species, was purchased for $141,000 from a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant.

About two miles southwest of the town of Cowiche, it adjoins Fish and Wildlife's 5,107-acre Cowiche unit of the Oak Creek Wildlife Area.