Outdoors

Bird talk and a couple of fun runs are among upcoming outdoors events

“Phantom of the Opterans — Idaho’s Tiniest and Least-known Owl” is the subject of a free lecture April 10 at the MK Nature Center in Boise.
“Phantom of the Opterans — Idaho’s Tiniest and Least-known Owl” is the subject of a free lecture April 10 at the MK Nature Center in Boise. Provided by Southwestern Idaho Birders Association

Saturday, April 7

Maiden’s Hope 5k Fun Run

Registration and packet pick up from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., 5k run and family walk/run at 9 a.m., all abilities walk, run and roll at 9:15 a.m. at the Old Timer’s Shelter, Ann Morrison Park, 1000 S. Americana Blvd., Boise (start/finish point). $25 advance, $30 day of race. Register at maidenshope.org/event/maidens-hope-5k-fun-run.

Run for Romania

9 a.m. at Fort Boise parking lot. $35. Registration at runsignup.com/Race/ID/Boise/RunforRomania.

Tuesday, April 10

Idaho Native Plant Society monthly meeting

7 p.m. at the MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. Leon Powers presents “Phantom of the Opterans — Idaho’s Tiniest and Least-known Owl.” Free. idahonativeplants.org/pahove.

Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15

Great Idaho Gun Show

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Ford Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa. Sponsored by Lewis-Clark Trader. $8 at the door. 208-746-5555.

Saturday, April 21

Field Trip: Squaw Butte

Meet at Home Depot/WinCo parking lot on State Street and Old Horseshoe Bend Road at 7:30 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure. Easy walk. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and water. Return to Boise by 5 p.m. Sponsored by Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. $15 general, $10 IMMG members. No registration required. Steve, 208-853-1678; idahomuseum.org.

Saturday, April 28

A Natural History of Basalt

1 p.m. at Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, 2455 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. Terry Maley will speak about basalt, one of the most recognizable and common rocks in Earth’s crust. $5 general, free for IMMG members. Eliza, 208-368-9876; idahomuseum.org.

Saturday, May 19

Cycle for Independence

Start times vary from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Riverglen Junior High, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise. Choose the 10-mile, 20-mile or metric century ride. Fundraiser for the Treasure Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Preregistration ends May 15. On-site registration will be available. cycleforindependence.org.

Birds of All Seasons

8:30 and 9:30 a.m. at Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 Americana Blvd., Boise. Join Boise Parks and Recreation and the Golden Eagle Audubon Society for a free birding tour. Local bird enthusiasts will introduce participants to the joys of birding and highlight birds that can be found in Boise during spring. Tours last about an hour. Space is limited. Sign up at bit.ly/BPRCommEd.

Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training for Dogs

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise. Experienced dog handlers work one-on-one with each dog owner and their dog to train the dog to avoid the sight, smell and sound of rattlesnakes, skunks and porcupines. Presented by the Idaho Chukar Foundation. $25-$70. Register at dogavoidancetraining.org.

Saturday, June 2

Rattlesnake, Porcupine and Skunk Avoidance Training for Dogs

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Experienced dog handlers work one-on-one with each dog owner and their dog to train the dog to avoid the sight, smell and sound of rattlesnakes, skunks and porcupines. Presented by the Idaho Chukar Foundation. $25-$70. Register at dogavoidancetraining.org.

Saturday, June 9

Sawtooth Relay

Six-person teams complete a 62-mile running and walking relay, which begins in Stanley and finishes in Ketchum. 208-853-1221, sawtoothrelay.com.

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