Outdoor briefs

Posted: Friday, August 12, 2005

Cyclists needed for MS ride

Bicyclists are needed to ride on Sept. 10 and 11 for the annual FedEx Multiple Sclerosis 150 Bike Tour. Riders will ride from Seward/Hope Highway Junction to Seward Windsong Lodge at Exit Glacier Road. Funds raised go to help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

“There isn’t a better way to spend your weekend,” said tour manager Gary Wells. “You can enjoy the fresh air with good people and ride to raise money for the 400,000 Americans with MS, over 1,200 in Alaska.”

The MS 150 Bike Tour started 25 years ago and today is the largest organized cycling event in the United States. Currently over 80,000 cyclists participate annually in one or more tours offered in 49 states. The MS 150 Bike Tour not only raises money for MS research and local programs, but also increases awareness of MS symptoms and the important new treatments now available.

For more information, to register for the FedEx MS 150 Bike Tour or for information on Alaska programs, call 1-800-FIGHT MS (344-4867), ext. 2. To ride, register online at www.nationalmssociety.org/aka

Refuge sponsors birding hotline

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a hotline for rare or interesting bird sightings. If you have spotted a rare bird or would like to hear what other bird watchers have seen recently, call 262-2300.

Refuge hosts films, nature walks

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge holds nature walks from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on the Keen Eye Trail. Round-trip walking distance is a half mile. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and leave dogs at home. Admission is free.

Visitor center hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 262-7021.

Other upcoming events include:

“Time Travel through the Taiga” — Take a walk back in time and see how plant and animal life changes in the boreal forest (taiga)Saturday and Aug. 27.

“Pioneering the Kenai Peninsula” — Discover why people immigrated to the Kenai Peninsula over a century ago through learning about the life of Andrew Berg, Alaska’s first registered big game guide Aug. 20.

The refuge headquarters also shows films at noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. daily. Films include:

“Kenai National Wildlife Refuge: Where Wildlife Comes First” (10 minutes) — The film shows the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s wildlife story and the refuge’s recreational opportunities. The film is shown at noon and 4 p.m.

“Alone in the Wilderness” (55 min.) — The life story of Dick Proenneke, who fell in love with the Twin Lakes country in the 1970s, built a log cabin and lived a wilderness lifestyle for more than 20 years. The film is shown at 1 p.m.

“A Mystery in Alaska” (55 minutes) — Discover the world of humpback whales, salmon and brown bears and solve the mystery of why Stellar sea lions are declining in the waters of eastern Alaska. The film is shown at 2 p.m.

“Sled Dogs” (55 min.) — Experience the drama and magic of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The film is shown at 3 p.m.

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