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Wildlife refuges to host migratory bird festival

The Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges will host its Migratory Bird Festival on Saturday, marking the movement of several bird species through the area with a series of exhibits and tours.

The free events run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the refuge visitor center on Hill Road near Tulelake, Calif. Various events are also scheduled for the Lava Beds National Monument and the Civilian Conservation Corps camp.

A mist-netting and bird-banding exhibition will run through the morning at the visitor center, and a raptor expert will help guide visitors to a bald eagle nesting observation point and other locations on two units of the Lower Klamath Refuge from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Maps will be provided.

A guided "walking wetlands" tour from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. will focus on the decade-old process pioneered in the Klamath Basin of rotating commercial cropland and farmland.

One-hour trips also are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. to visit the old CCC camp on Tule Lake Refuge. The 1930s-era camp recently has been designated as part of a newly established World War II National Monument.

Tour space is limited so participants should call 530-667-2231 for reservations.

The festival will also include airboat rides through Tule Lake Marsh, children's activities, food booths, music and more.

Fly Shop screens documentary

The Ashland Fly Shop on Saturday will host a viewing of a documentary that looks at the decline of Northern California's salmon and steelhead through the eyes of fly-fishermen.

The critically acclaimed movie "Rivers of a Lost Coast" will air at 7 p.m. at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

The 90-minute film, narrated by actor Tom Skerritt from "A River Runs Through It," has been called a "must-see" by the Seattle Times. The film's Oregon tour includes stops in Portland, Eugene and Bend.

For more information on the movie and to view clips, visit www.riversofalostcoast.com.

Tickets cost $12 and the movie is expected to be a sell out.

Tickets can be bought during regular business hours at the fly shop, 399 E. Main St., Ashland, or by telephoning 541-488-6454.

Fish Society meets

The Jefferson Fish Society meets tonight in Roseburg to discuss steelhead and their management within the Umpqua River basin.

Laura Jackson, the Umpqua District fish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will offer a presentation on the life history, run size and management of the basin's steelhead. Those in attendance will discuss the various issues surrounding these fish, including the current ban on killing of wild steelhead. The meeting will include showing of the underwater steelhead photography of Richard Grost.

The meeting is free and will be held at the China Palace, 968 Stephens St. It begins with a 5 p.m. social hour followed by the 6:30 p.m. presentation and discussion.

Umpqua Trail segment closed

A series of slides and washouts along the Tioga segment of the North Umpqua Trail will close the trail until further notice, according to the federal Bureau of Land Management.

The closed area is near the Swiftwater Trailhead and runs from the Highway 138 bridge piers at milepost 28 to the Nezic Creek Bridge across the river from the Susan Creek Campground. The trail areas are within Douglas County.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.