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BIRD-WALK SCHEDULE

The Saturday tour schedule for the free nature/bird walks with the Wild Bird Center for October is:

Oct. 1—— Nature Conservancy Layton Wetlands; Oct. 8 — Kaysville USU Botanical Gardens and Ponds; Oct. 15 — Kayscreek; and Oct. 29 — East Kaysville Foothills Wilderness Park.

Tours leave the center at 8 a.m. and carpool to the destination. The walks are designed for beginning birders, especially families. All birders are welcome. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars.

DREDGING AT WILLARD BAY

Dredging began at Willard Bay State Park South Marina on Monday and is expected to last four weeks.

Because of safety concerns, the South Marina is closed to public access. Dredging removes sediments that have built up during low water years. Boat launching, day-use and camping are available at the North Marina. For more information call 435-734-9494.

EAST CANYON CONSTRUCTION

On Saturday, the boat ramp at East Canyon State Park will be partially closed due to construction and will close Oct. 15 for the season. Access to day-use facilities, including restrooms and shelters, will also be limited because of renovation.

Due to limited facilities, day-use fees are waived until further notice. Primitive camping is available at Big Rock Campground on the south end of the lake for $8 per site, per night.

As completion of the new campground, concession building and restrooms nears, park improvements will focus on the boat ramp, day-use area, yurt/group area, office and new entrance road. These projects coincide with the off-season and lower lake levels.

Next season, visitors will enjoy an improved campground with shelters, campsites with full and partial hook-ups, and two restrooms with showers in the camp loop. A new concession service will also be in operation with new facilities.

SNOWBASIN EVENT

Snowbasin Resort will hold its 6th annual Fall Festival and Uphill-Downhill race on Saturday.

Needles Gondola rides will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 7-12. The Gondola will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other activities will include authentic Mexican cuisine and Mariachi band, Bavarian Food and German music.

The race begins at 9 a.m. Competitors can race uphill and ride down, or run up and down. Registration fee is $45 on Saturday. Registration starts at 7 a.m.

COUGAR HUNT APPLICATIONS

Applications to hunt cougars on limited-entry areas during Utah's 2005-2006 season are now available. A total of 143 permits will be offered.

Applications are available from hunting and fishing license agents statewide, Division of Wildlife Resources offices and the DWR's Web site — wildlife.utah.gov.

To be entered in the drawing, mail-in applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 12. Applications submitted through the DWR's Web site must be received no later than 11 p.m. on Oct. 12. Hunters who have a major credit card are encouraged to apply online.

Drawing results will be posted by Nov. 16 at DWR offices and the DWR Web site.

YOUTH ART CONTEST

The NRA is accepting entries for its 2005 Youth Wildlife Art Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 1 through 12, including home-schooled children. NRA membership is not required. The deadline to enter is Oct. 3.

Send entries to: NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Entries will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Questions regarding the contest may be directed to 703-267-1531.