OUTDO –The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council will be distributing hen pheasant chicks to people who have facilities to raise 25 or more birds for 8-10 weeks before releasing them into the wild.
The chicks are free, but donations are requested to help pay expenses.
Starting next week and running 12 weeks, club members will pick up hen pheasant chicks from the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center game farm in Connell, Wash.
The game farm raises roosters for the state’s pheasant releases during fall hunting seasons.
“We might not have as many chicks the first two weeks, but eventually we should have 2,000 to 2,500 a week to give away,” said Larry Carey, the council’s program coordinator.
Reserve chicks in advance: 328-6429. Pickup at the council office, 6116 N. Market.
Region’s fish species detailed in book
OUTSOURCE –Ten years of effort went into a new 310-page field guide, complete with color photos, distribution maps, characteristics and life history summaries of all the region’s fish.
“Field Guide to the Fishes of Eastern Washington,” by Al Scholz and Holly McLellan, fisheries researchers at Eastern Washington University, $35, is available at EWU Bookstore or tinyurl.com/EWUfish.
Learn the difference between a redfin pickerel and a northern pike and other details on 39 native fish, 43 introduced fishes and eight rare fishes found in Eastern Washington waters.
Sales help fund the EWU Fish Research Lab.
Auction features confiscated hides
OUTBID – Hides and furs confiscated or acquired during the year by Idaho Fish and Game officials statewide will be sold at the annual Fur Sale on Saturday at Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way in Coeur d’Alene.
Items may be viewed beginning at 10 a.m. Auction starts at noon.
Climber loses foot, never looks down
OUTCOME – Malcolm Daly survived a 200-foot fall on an Alaska Range glacier after an epic ordeal in which he’s lucky to have lost only a foot.
Perhaps the most remarkable chapter of his story comes later, as he founded a climbing gear company, helped organize the Access Fund with a mission to keep climbing areas open to the public and joined as a founder of Paradox Sports to provide inspiration, opportunities and adaptive equipment to the disabled.
Daly will present a free program on his extraordinary journey of despair, endurance, hope and re-creation Thursday, 7 p.m., at Mountain Gear, 2002 N. Division.
A fair representation of fly fishing
What: Washington Fly Fishing Fair.
When: Friday and Saturday.
Where: Kittitas County Fairgrounds in Ellensburg.
Who: Featuring more than 100 fly tiers from around the country, plus experts for fly fishing seminars, classes on tying, casting and more, sponsored by Washington State Council Federation of Fly Fishing.
Dine for ducks
OUTFUND – Spokane Ducks Unlimited will hold its “Guns, Gear & Beer” fundraising barbecue Friday at Condon’s Barn, 4801 S. Coleman Lane.
Preregister: wa.ducks.org (click on local events). Info: 927-7631.
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