Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003

Bark beetle program slated for July 10

The Kenai Watershed Forum Summer Program Series continues July 10 with a program about spruce bark beetles. As usual, the program is free and open to the general public.

Mike Fastabend from the Spruce Bark Beetle office will lead a short hike and point out beetle kill and manifestations near the Kenai River. He will explain the epidemic and answer questions. Those interested should meet at 6 p.m. at Soldotna Creek Park under the picnic shelter.

Those planning to attend should call Josselyn Burke at 260-5449.

Refuge offers July programs

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will offer a pair of programs in July. The programs start from the refuge's visitor center in Soldotna.

Fridays during July at 11 a.m. is the Andrew Berg history presentation. This program presents an opportunity to learn about Berg's remarkable life and his love of the Kenai Peninsula while viewing the historic cabin he built in 1935. The program lasts 20 minutes.

There also will be Keen Eye Trail Nature Walks at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays during July.

The Saturday nature walk is titled "From Lupines to Leaches" and allows walkers to glimpse unexpected plants and animals as they venture through forest and wetland habitats. The Sunday nature walk is titled "Those Amazing Moose" and allows walkers to experience fun, hands-on activities that highlight the fascinating adaptations of those amazing moose.

Nature walks last 30 minutes. Round-trip walking distance is one half mile. Wear comfortable shoes. Dogs are not allowed. For more information, phone 262-7021.

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