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How to safely view nesting bald eagles at Lake Lowell

A pair of bald eagles are nesting at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.
A pair of bald eagles are nesting at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge. AP

A pair of bald eagles has nested along the north shore of Lake Lowell near the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

The area near the nest has been closed to protect the eagles but there is still a chance for the public to view the birds.

The nest can be seen from an observation platform on the hill west of the visitor center. You’ll need binoculars or a spotting scope for the best view.

The area around the nest will be closed until the chicks leave the nest, likely in early July. Dogs must be leashed on the refuge.

“Nesting eagles can be sensitive to disturbance,” Refuge Manager Annette deKnijf said in a press release. “Adults will sometimes abandon nests if frequently bothered. Even if they keep nesting, the eagles may leave when people come near. Such disturbance may increase the possibility of chicks dying from exposure or hunger if left alone too long or too often.

“Unfortunately the pair that nested near this location last year did not successfully raise young. We ask the public to respect this closed area to help the eagles successfully raise young this year.”

Learn to build your own custom fishing rod

Treasure Valley Community College adjunct instructor Noel Stark will hold a class on how to build a fishing rod from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26. The $149 fee includes a rod kit that you will build and keep. The registration deadline is Friday.

More info: 541-881-5755 or jainsworth@tvcc.cc.

Hope for the Slopes at Brundage

Brundage Mountain will host an American Cancer Society fund-raising competition March 5.

Hope on the Slopes Ski & Ride a Cure participants will compete as individuals or teams for the most vertical feet skied that day and most donations received. Prizes included K2 skis and snowboards, a GoPro camera and a $100 Brundage gift card.

Registration is $35 per person. That allows the participant to buy a lift ticket at half the usual price for his/her age group.

More info here.

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Hope on the Slopes returns to Brundage this year. Courtesy of Brundage Mountain

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