Outdoors briefs: Richland Rod & Gun to hear hunting forecasts

RICHLAND -- The Richland Rod & Gun Club will hear fall hunting forecasts from two regional wildlife biologists at its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday at the city of Richland maintenance facility.

The building is across from Wal-Mart, exit 3 from Interstate 182 to Queensgate Drive.

Mike Livingston, the Pasco-based district wildlife biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Pat Fowler, southeast region wildlife biologist, will talk about the 2009 prognosis for big and upland game and waterfowl.

Club member Howard Gardner will discuss shotgun shell reloading with bismuth shot.

Central Basin Audubon to hold meeting Sept. 1

MOSES LAKE -- The Central Basin Audubon Society will have its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 1105 Columbia St., Moses Lake.

A program about Central/South American birding with a slideshow, sponsored by Joye and Brad Lucas, is open to the public.

The birding program will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 989-9029.

Muir snowfield melting early on Mount Rainier

ASHFORD -- Mount Rainier National Park says the Muir snowfield has melted unusually early this year, exposing glacier ice and crevasses on the climbing route from Paradise to Camp Muir.

The park says the exposed ice on a 25-to-30 degree slope is slippery and hazardous for climbers and hikers.

The open crevasses are another danger for climbers who have to avoid the open cracks.

Commission to name new wildlife director

OLYMPIA -- Members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission plan to select a permanent director for the Department of Fish and Wildlife during a public meeting Sept. 11-12 in Olympia.

Commissioners last week selected two finalists, whose names were not disclosed.

Members of the nine-member commission are appointed by the governor to set policy for the department and pick its director.

The commission interviewed six applicants for the director's position before selecting the two finalists.

Former director Jeff Koenings resigned late last year.

Phil Anderson has served as interim director since then.