Outdoors briefs: Botanist to speak to Audubon Society

KENNEWICK -- Botanist Steven Link will talk about native plants of the Columbia Basin at the September meeting of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Kennewick.

The event is at Kennewick First Lutheran Church, at the corner of Yelm and Highway 395.

Link will discuss invasive species, ecological restoration and xeriscaping for the home using native plants.

The public is invited.

For more information go to www.LCBAS.org.

Quail Forever to hold preseason banquet

PASCO -- The Columbia Basin chapter of Quail Forever will have its third annual preseason banquet Oct. 3 at the Holiday Inn Express at TRAC in Pasco.

The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. with a happy hour, followed by a prime rib buffet dinner, a "state of the covey" update and a silent auction.

There also will be drawings for prints, firearms and more.

For more information, call chapter president Jon Murphy at 206-276-1030, or visit www.quailforeverwa.com.

The Columbia Basin chapter of Quail Forever is the only one west of Colorado and the only one dedicated to improve habitat for California Valley and mountain quail in Washington, according to the nonprofit conservation group.

Anderson named Fish and Wildlife director

OLYMPIA -- Phil Anderson has been named permanent director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife after serving as interim director for nine months.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission selected Anderson after narrowing the field to two finalists last month.

Commission members said they sought a director with a strong conservation ethic, sound fiscal-management and leadership skills and expertise in intergovernmental relations.

Anderson replaces Jeff P. Koenings, who left the job last year.