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Annual art exhibition opened

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy announced that the sixth annual Pictures of the Shrub Steppe, a juried art exhibition featuring a variety of visual art inspired by the region’s shrub steppe ecosystem, opens this Saturday in Tieton.

Special events to celebrate the opening include an artists’ reception from 1pm to 4pm, the presentation of the Juror’s Award at 2pm and a talk by local photographer David Hagen at 2pm. The collaboration with Boxx, a non-profit art gallery at 616 Maple Street in Tieton, opens at 11am Saturday and runs through August 28, featuring artwork from 41 artists.

National Parks free Thursday

Admission to all national parks is free on Thursday to celebrate the second anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.

The law, signed into law by President Donald Trump in 2020, provided the National Parks and Public Lands Restoration Fund with up to $1.9 billion to address the massive maintenance backlog at parks across the country. Visitors still incur fees for amenities such as camping, boat docking, or transportation.


To brave last week’s terrible heat, a bird watcher started early to spot Forest Road 8225 S from Mt. Adams. With clear skies, light winds, and a cool 60º-68º F, he counted 27 species including Red Hummingbird, Williamson’s Juice Lollipop, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Olive Flycatcher,

Western Wood Pewee, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Cassin’s Vireo, Warbler Vireo, Common Raven, Mountain Tit, Chestnut-backed Tit, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, House Wren, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Evening Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Black-Eyed Junco, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Warbler, a hybrid Townsend x Hermit Warbler and Western Tanager.

Nearby along Forest Road NF82, bird watchers have had a goldmine of young hummingbirds including a juvenile Black-chinned Hummingbird, two juvenile Anna’s Hummingbirds, a juvenile Calliope’s Hummingbird and two juvenile Red Hummingbirds with extensive red hues on their flanks and tail feathers. They also noticed Turkey Vulture, Cassin’s Vireo, Canada Jay, Common Raven, Chestnut-backed Tit, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Evening Grosbeak, Purple Finch, Cassin’s Finch, Red Crossbill, Pinepoll, Chipping Sparrow, Black-eyed Junco, Nashville Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Warbler , western tanagers and black-headed hawfinches.

A bird watcher hiking the trail to Sheep Lake spotted a few sooty grouse, olive flycatcher, mountain and chestnut-backed tit, golden-crowned king, red-breasted nuthatch, hermit thrush, purple finch, pinepoll, sparrow, fox sparrow, black-eyed junco, white-crowned sparrow, spotted towhee, yellow-rumped warbler and Townsend Singer.

Email bird watching to kdturley@embarqmail.com and don’t forget to like the Yakima Valley Audubon Society on their Facebook page or visit yakimaaudubon.org.

– Kerry Turley


SATURDAY: The Hardcore Runners Club hosts their three to six mile weekend fun run where all speeds and abilities are welcome. Meet at the Yakima Greenway Gleed parking lot at the northwest corner of Highway 12 and the Old Naches Highway at 8:00 AM.

MONDAY: The Cascadian Camera Club is hosting its monthly meeting on Zoom from 7pm to 9pm themed ‘Tattoos’. Attendees can join at the link Cascadians Camera Club Zoom, Meeting ID 899 4856 7669.

WEDNESDAY: The Hardcore Runners Club meets at 6:00 p.m. in Franklin Park for their weekly fun run, where they run either on the track or on the street.

SATURDAY: Evergreen Trails will host the Suncadia 5K and Half Marathon on the trails around Suncadia Lodge near Cle Elum. The half marathon starts at 8:30 am, followed by the 5K at 9:30 am and a children’s race at around 9:45 am. Visit evergreentrailruns.com/suncadia for more information and to register for $32 for the 5K or $62 for the half marathon.

SATURDAY: Runners can still register for the Moxee Hop Festival 5K Run/Walk at Moxee City Park from 7:30am to 8:30am on race day, with walkers starting at 9:00am followed by runners at 9:15am. Registration is $15 with prizes for the top three men and women in each age group.


WEDNESDAY: All riders are welcome to a weekly community group mountain bike ride at 6:30 p.m. on the Rocky Top Trails on Rocky Top Road in Yakima. Rides will continue as long as daylight and weather permit. All riders must have a helmet, bike and tire repair kit. Contact yakimavalleymtbteam@gmail.com for more information.

THURSDAY: The Cascadian Pathfinders hike seven miles at 6,000 feet above sea level with 1,300 feet of elevation gain along the Glacier Basin Trail from the White River campground, with the option to add 0.3 miles to the Emerald Lake Overlook. Email Jenifer at ykma99@gmail.com or call Marianne at 509-969-3490 for a time and location for the meetup.

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