Out and About: Outdoors news of note

Statesman staffDecember 12, 2013 

TAMARACK RESORT TO OPEN FRIDAY, DEC. 13

The ski area near Donnelly will open at 8 a.m., and skiers and boarders can bring a non-perishable meal that will feed a family of four in exchange for a free lift ticket for opening day. The food-collection effort will help local food banks, including the Donnelly Free Store, Cascade Food Pantry and the Western Idaho Community Action Partnership. Tamarack will operate six lifts Thursdays through Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be open daily Dec. 19-Jan. 5 for the holidays.

BOISE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SATURDAY, DEC. 14

It’s the 47th Golden Eagle Audubon Society bird count in Boise. Participants will meet at 7 a.m. at the Trophy Room of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. Doughnuts will get birders started in the morning. A soup-and-bread potluck will be at 5 p.m. after the count. Contact trip leader R.L. Rowland at rlrowland@centurylink.net, 336-9808 or 297-9953.

FOOTHILLS PLANT GUIDE FOR SALE

The Healthy Hills Initiative published the “A Field Guide to Plants of the Boise Foothills.” The pocket-size guide contains color photos and information on 74 common native and nonnative plants found in the lower elevations of the Foothills. It is $6 and available at D&B Supply at 6650 Glenwood St., Garden City, and at the Bureau of Land Management office at 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise. It is also posted at healthyhills.org. Money from the sale of the field guide will be used for future printing for students and the public at no cost to promote a better understandingof native plants in the Foothills ecosystems.

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