Outdoors briefing

Published Feb 5, 2014 at 12:06AM

Young birders club to host info booth

The Young Birders of Central Oregon will host an information booth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 15 in Bend’s Old Mill District.

Feb. 14-17 marks the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a worldwide event during which anyone can count birds and enter their sightings at birdcount.org. The information gathered by volunteers helps track the health of bird populations.

The Young Birders of Central Oregon is a bird-watching club for ages 12 to 18 and supporting adults. The club meets twice per month to watch, study and enjoy birds.

Activities include bird identification, nest box projects, bird drawing, public outreach, bird counts, outings to local hot spots and overnight trips.

Contact: 541-385-1799 or email ybcobirds@gmail.com.

Forest advisory members sought

The Deschutes and Ochoco National forests and the Crooked River National Grassland are seeking nominations for a resource advisory committee that will recommend the development and implementation of special projects on federal lands.

The committee is part of the Secure Rural Schools Act affecting “timber counties” in the Pacific Northwest.

Among those sought for the committee are representatives of developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle use or commercial recreation activities; energy and mineral development or commercial or recreational fishing interests; environmental organizations; dispersed recreational activities; and wild horse and burro interest groups, wildlife or hunting organizations or watershed associations.

Applications are available at www.fs.usda.gov/centraloregon and will be accepted through Feb. 28.

Contact: Alicia Underhill, 541-383-4012 or aunderhill@fs.fed.us.

— From staff reports

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