Out and About: Outdoors news of note

Statesman staffMay 9, 2013 

LAKE LOWELL

Deadline for comments May 15

A new management proposal calls for closing areas seasonally but allowing most existing upland and on-water recreation, but adding numerous restrictions.

Plan details include:

• Closing the lake Oct. 1 to April 14; establishing a 200-yard no-wake zone on the south side and in the Narrows; and expanding the southeast no-wake zone to Gotts Point.

• Walking, jogging, horseback riding, bicycling and dogs on-leash on designated trails only.

• Swimming allowed in areas designated at Lower Dam Recreation Area and at Upper Dam only.

• Gotts Point would open to vehicles.

• Most islands would be open for shoreline fishing and free-roam activities from June 15 to Jan. 31; heron and gull-nesting islands would be open from July 1 to Jan. 31.

To see the full proposal for the new management plan, go to fws.gov/deerflat/PDF/CCPPU5.pdf.

To comment online, go to fws.gov/deerflat; there's also information on how to submit comments in other forms.

BIRD-WATCHING

Migratory Bird Day

The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 11.

The day will focus on conserving birds that migrate between nesting habitats in North America and Central America, the Caribbean and South America.

There will be live bird demonstrations, a migration scavenger hunt and interactive exhibits at the Velma Morrison Interpretive Center throughout the day. Tours at the Archives of Falconry will feature art, sculpture, artifacts, rare books related to falconry, an authentic hunting tent and displays on falconry in the Middle East. Participants will receive a free Birds of Prey calendar.

Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 youth (ages 4-16) and free to members.

To get there, take the Cole Road exit and continue six miles south on Cole Road to Flying Hawk Lane.

For information, call 362-8687 or go to peregrinefund.org/vmic.

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