Outdoors events: Gear grab, snow fun, birds, more
Hoot: See a film about three kids who team up to save the homes of a group of burrowing owls. The movie is rated PG and is free. It's at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Northwest Stream Center. Register in advance by calling 425-316-8592. Get more info here.
Bird trip: Edmonds Parks and Recreation is offering a field trip on Saturday to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge near Olympia. It's $47 for Edmonds residents and $54 for non-residents. Call 425-771-0230 for more information or to register.
Stairs: Seattle Stairways walk day is on Saturday. The event is based on the book "Seattle Stairway Walks." If you'd like to do some urban hiking, the event is from 10 a.m. to noon. Get more info and register here. It's free, but donations are welcome.
Bird festival: The Edison Bird Festival is Saturday and Sunday. Get more info here.
Geocaching: Get an introduction to geocaching with an experienced trip leader on Sunday at Cama Beach. Get more info here. Ski historian Lowell Skoog will give an overview of ski culture and history in the Northwest. Get more information and register here (it's free).
Snow fun: A book launch party for "Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes" is Feb. 11 at the Mountaineers Program Center in Seattle.
Backyard birds: The Oak Harbor Garden Club offers a video presentation, "Birds, Backyard Habitat and Beyond," with Craig and Joy Johnson at the monthly meeting Feb. 11 at the Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and the talk starts at 11:15. The Johnsons' books will be for sale following the meeting, which is open to the public. Call garden club president Joyce Hollywood at 360-678-7056 for more information.
Gear: The Mountaineers will have a gear sale at their Seattle Program Center at 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 12. New and gently used gear will be for sale. They will also have representatives from all of their various activities there to answer questions. The climbing wall will be open.
Birds: Learn about attracting birds to your back yard through gardening choices, nest boxes and water features. Master birder Neil Zimmerman will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in Everett. Get more info here.
Snowboarding: The YMCA is offering a 3-day snowboarding class for kids ages 11-17 on Feb. 14-16. The event is at the Mount Baker Bibleway Camp. It's $329 for members and $359 for non-members. Scholarships are available. Register at any Snohomish County YMCA branch or call 425-493-2405 for more information.
More birds: Join in the Great Backyard Bird Count from Feb. 14-17. Learn more here. If you'd like to attend training, there is a course on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon in Edmonds. Get more info here.
Fishing: A fly fishing show is Feb. 15-16 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. There will be casting and fly-tying demonstrations, films and gear. The 2014 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is on Feb. 16. Get more information here.
Scramble: Learn how to reach many of the peaks in the Cascades. Scrambling is like hiking, but with more time off trail and more clambering over rock or snow. Learn how to do it safely with an Everett Mountaineers class that begins on Feb. 20. Learn more here.
Lynx and hare: Learn about lynx and snowshoe hare at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Northwest Stream Center. Researcher Aaron Wirsing will tell what he's learned about these interesting species. The event is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Get more info here.
Expo: The Northwest Outdoor Adventure Expo is Feb. 28-March 2 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. There will be discussions, slide shows, music and indoor adventures such as a zip line and paddle pool. There will also be a variety of outdoor vendors. Get more info here.
Go paddling: The Washington Water Trails Association will offer a guided paddle on March 1 on the Sammamish River. Attendees will meet in Woodinville and then paddle or row to Red Hook Brewery and enjoy lunch before returning. Get more info here.
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