Out and About: Outdoors news of note

Statesman staffSeptember 5, 2013 

FISHING

Meeting set on effects of fire on S.F. Boise River

The Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host an open forum at 7 p.m., Sept. 11, at the MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., in Boise, to discuss the effects of the Pony Complex and Elk Complex fires on the habitat along the South Fork of the Boise River, downstream of Anderson Ranch Dam.

The meeting will include land-management agency representatives, who will provide information on the post-fire condition of the habitat along the river. For details, go to southforkboise.org.

NATURE

Program set on migrating birds in Boise Foothills

The Boise Ridge is the site of one of the largest songbird and birds of prey migration routes in the western United States and information about it will be presented 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 14, at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center at 3188 Sunset Peak Road.

No preregistration is required for the free family-friendly, drop-in program. For details, go to boiseenvironmentaleducation.org.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Volunteers needed on Idaho City trails Sept. 14

Workers are needed to trim brush and add signs to cross-country ski trails in the Park N’ Ski trails network north of Idaho City starting at 9 a.m.

Volunteers can camp free at the Beaver Creek Cabin campground Sept. 13-14, or make a day trip on Sept. 14 to the cabin.

The Beaver Creek cabin is located about 19 miles north of Idaho City off Idaho 21 and a mile off the highway on the Beaver Creek Cabin Road. The turnoff is between Mile Marker 57 and 58.

Dress for cool weather and bring water, gloves and a lunch. All tools will be provided.

A potluck dinner is planned by those staying overnight on Sept. 14. Drinking water, a toilet, and a hot shower are available at the Beaver Creek Cabin.

Those participating should email Leo Hennessy at leo.hennessy@idpr.idaho.gov, or call 514-2419. Include your name and the number of people in your party.

CAMPING

West Nile virus found at Three Island State Park

Mosquito larvae found on Aug. 28 in water used for irrigation tested positive for the virus, but no human infections have been reported, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation said. The park scheduled mosquito abatement treatment the following day.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people, birds and other animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

The agency urges campers to use insect repellent and to keep skin covered with clothing when mosquitoes are most active. Campers with questions can call Three Island State Park at 366-2394.

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