Outdoors

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Conservation

Study reveals status of coastal cutthroat trout

The status of coastal cutthroat trout populations will be the subject of a program presented by Robert Vadas Jr. at Wednesday’s meeting of the Olympia chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Vadas will discuss the results of a 12-year study of the relatively pristine Irely Creek watershed in the upper Quinault River drainage within Olympic National Park. His presentation will look at changing environmental conditions from natural and human impacts and how some of those effects relate to Capitol Lake in Olympia.

Vadas is a research scientist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife where his focus has been on hydrologic, habitat and dietary needs of fish.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at North Olympia Fire Station, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.

Education

Northwest Trek hosts zoological career day

Students in high school and college can learn about occupations in the zoological field during Northwest Trek Wildlife Park’s annual Career Day on March 7.

The event is a chance to learn about animal care and related occupations, a chance to become engaged in nature, and to hear from men and women who work in the zoo field every day.

The event, including park admission, is free, but students younger than 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Reservations can be made at nwtrek.org/events/ ?cid=1287.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The activities run from 10 a.m.-noon.

For more information, contact Jessica Moore at 360-832-7160 or jessica.moore@nwtrek.org.

Research

Volunteers will look for elk with hoof rot

There still is time for volunteers to sign up to help with a survey to determine the proportion of elk in southwest Washington with hoof disease.

Training will take place in early March, while the surveys will be done in March and April. The survey is part of an effort by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to understand and manage the crippling disease that has spread through the region’s elk population in recent years.

Two-person teams will be asked to drive 50 miles around selected survey points throughout 10 counties, including Thurston and Pierce.

The training schedule and an online application form are posted at tinyurl.com/pe34zac.

Fishing

Nominees sought for Cowlitz advisory panel

The state is looking for people to serve on its Cowlitz River Advisory Group. The nomination deadline is Friday.

The group meets about four times a year to develop recommendations to support sustainable fishing opportunities on the Cowlitz River, while conserving wild fish runs.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife created the group in 2010 to advise fishery managers engaged in updating the Cowlitz River Fishery and Hatchery Management Plan. That plan sets Tacoma Power’s obligations to support hatchery production and fish management activities in the Cowlitz Basin. The plan is scheduled to be updated again in 2016.

A nomination form, and other information, is available at wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/crag/nominations.html.

For more information, contact Cindy Le Fleur at 360-906-6708.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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