Outdoors

Bird walks are ready to take flight this month

Bird walks are scheduled throughout the month of April. These great blue herons were seen in their rookeries along the Snake River in spring.
Bird walks are scheduled throughout the month of April. These great blue herons were seen in their rookeries along the Snake River in spring. Idaho Statesman file

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.

Wednesdays, April 11 through June 27

Golden Eagle Audubon Society’s Wednesday morning bird walks

9 a.m. to noon, meets at Janjou Patisserie, 1754 W. State St., Boise, for coffee and carpools from there to various locations. goldeneagleaudubon.org/Birding-Field-Trips.

Saturday, April 14

Swan Falls Clean-Up

Volunteers needed to clean up along the Snake River. Meet at 9 a.m. at the dam parking lot. Idaho Fish and Game will supply trash bags and gloves. Dress for the weather; bring lunch and drinks. If interested, call 208-850-8261 or email themountainmen@msn.com.

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.

Sunday, April 15

Bird walk at Hull’s Gulch

10 a.m. to noon, meet at Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3189 Sunset Peak Road, Boise. The baby Great Horned Owls should be visible in their nest, and spring migration will bring new songbird arrivals to the area. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Binoculars and guidebooks will be available for use. Hosted by Golden Eagle Audubon Society. 208-484-9132

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.

Bureau of Land Management seeks volunteers for trash cleanup

Large-scale trash cleanup of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area (NCA) from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning at the Boise Wild Horse Corrals, 12466 Pleasant Valley Road, south of the Boise Airport. Volunteers will be broken into groups and directed to locations within the NCA, where they can expect to encounter trash that includes everything from simple litter to discarded appliances. Those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to sign up by April 18, although anybody can show up on the day of the event. Sign up at goo.gl/forms/OhR5l1F4bFpTxIdG2. Questions: 208-384-3342.

Run For Autism

8 a.m. at Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Cost is $25 general, $21 team member (four or more people), $18 children 5-12, $10 autistic individual, free for ages 4 and younger. Register at asatvc.org/run-for-autism/register.

Earth Day Work Day

9 a.m. to noon at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road, Nampa. Volunteers needed for a variety of projects, including removing noxious weeds, maintaining trails, maintaining wildlife-friendly landscaping at the Visitor Center, and picking up litter. Volunteers should bring sturdy gloves and a shovel if available, and wear outdoor work clothes. Snacks and water will be provided. Preregister by Friday, April 13, by contacting Nic Carlson at deerflat@fws.gov or 208-467-9278.

Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22

24-Hour TACP Memorial Challenge

Noon Saturday to noon Sunday at Ultra Shooting Solutions, Eagle. Raise awareness, miles and money for the TACP Association. Run, walk or just hang out. You do not need to participate for the full 24 hours. Also, raffle prizes, beer, barbeque, music, more. Go to teamstone24hourchallenge.com for details and directions to the event.

Saturday, April 28

Birding and road cleanup

Join Golden Eagle Audubon Society from 8 a.m. to noon for a combination of birding and litter pickup along its adopted stretch of Kuna-Mora road. After litter pickup, the group will look for birds, including a variety of waterfowl and spring migrants. Meet at the parking lot with the bathroom on Kuna-Mora Road. Tools provided. 208-484-9132.

Robert Manwill 5k and 1 Mile Run

10 a.m. at New Plymouth High School, 207 Plymouth Ave. Cost is $15. Register at eventbrite.com/e/roberts-run-2018-tickets-42275297553.

Spring Wildlife Celebration

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St., Boise. Live bird presentations, wildlife-themed education tables, activities and games, a hunting dog demonstration, more. $3 per person (ages 3 and older). 208-287-2900.

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.

Sunday, April 29

Birding on the Bethine and litter patrol

Join Golden Eagle Audubon Society from 9 a.m. to noon for a bird walk and some light litter pick-up on the Bethine Church River Trail. Bring water, binoculars, and a plastic grocery bag. Park at the Greenbelt parking area southeast of the Bown Crossing Library, Boise. 208-484-9132.

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.

Sunday, June 10

Premier Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 930 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Boise. Idaho Fish and Game officers will be holding a free trap awareness seminar as part of the day’s events. $50 for preregistered dogs. 208-463-2304, snakeavoidance.org. For information on the trap awareness seminar: 208-465- 8465.

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