Nature center fundraiser on tap


Published Jul 3, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

Run for the Birds, an annual fundraiser for the Sunriver Nature Center and Oregon Observatory, will be at 8 a.m. July 28.

The 8k race begins at Sunriver Resort’s main lodge and will follow bike paths along the Deschutes River. It finishes at the resort’s commons area. Ribbons will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers of each age group in a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. The main race will be followed by a 1k children’s race at 9:30 a.m. All finishers will receive a commemorative glass.

Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome, and costumes are encouraged.

Register at: www.sunriver-resort.com/landing/rftb.php.

Following the race, the Sunriver Nature Center will host Passport to Nature from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event will include up-close encounters with the nature center’s great horned owl, golden eagle and rosy boa, and solar viewing through the Oregon Observatory’s solar telescopes. Participants can visit interpretive stations to learn science and nature facts, with each station earning them a stamp in their “passports.” Station topics will include birds of prey, toads, snakes, weather, wild cats and space. Snacks and prizes are included, and a completed passport earns entry into a grand-prize drawing, according to a news release.

Shuttle transport will be provided to and from Sunriver Resort.

Contact: 541-593-4442.

— From staff reports