Free chance to see Winter birds

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE NEWS RELEASE -- The Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges is hosting their 3rd annual Winter Birds event at McNary National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The event will be held at the McNary Environmental Education Center, and activities will include guided bird walks, owl pellet dissection, and a bird banding demonstration. Special presentations include a live birds-of-prey presentation by Blue Mountain Wildlife, bird identification by Ivar Husa of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society, and wildlife films by videographer Gaylord Mink. The event is free and open to the public.

Afterward, the Friends will hold their annual meeting from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and learn about the organization, their role in the National Wildlife Refuge System, and how to become a member. Food and beverages will be provided.

The McNary National Wildlife Refuge Education Center is located at 311 Lake Road in Burbank, WA. From the Tri-Cities, take I-182 East to Burbank, WA. I-182 becomes US 12 in Pasco. Exit at WA 124 toward Burbank/Waitsburg. Stay right to go over the bridge onto Ice Harbor Drive. In about a mile, turn right onto Lake Road. The McNary Environmental Education Center is about a mile down the road on the right-hand side, just past the slough.