Out and About: Vancouver Wildlife League Meets Dec. 6

By Terry Otto, Columbian staff writer

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The Vancouver Wildlife League will hold its monthly meeting this Dec 6th at 7 pm at the WDFW Region 5 Headquarters in Ridgefield, WA. The guest speaker will be Dave Calhoun of Outdoor GPS and NW Rods.

The public is always welcome.

Four-day razor clam dig begins Dec. 1

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved razor clam digs for Dec. 1-4 on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.

Diggers should remember to bring a lantern for the digs with later low tides. The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:

Dec. 1, Friday, 4:42 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis

Dec. 2, Saturday, 5:29 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 3, Sunday, 6:15 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

Dec. 4, Monday, 7:02 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Cape Horn Rake-a-thon

The Cape Horn Conservancy is planning a Rake-a-thon Saturday, December 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome to pitch in to rake all of the leaves and debris from the Cape Horn Trail. Raking seasonal debris off the trail tread helps it to drain better during the rainy winter months.

The group plans to have a social gathering at the end of the day when the raking is done. Warm drinks, chili, and treats will be served. Volunteers should bring their own rake and meet at 9:45 am at the trailhead, which is located at the corner of Salmon Falls Road and Route 14.

Those who plan to participate are asked to fill out a short sign-up form, which can be found under the “Volunteer” tab on the https://www.capehornconservancy.org/ page, or by going to this link: https://airtable.com/shrCjrm6ev9l6rL26

Public input sought in Mount St. Helens wildlife plan

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop Nov. 30 to discuss the development of a new management plan for the Mount St. Helens Wildlife Area in southwestern Washington.

The workshop is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 30, at WDFW’s Region 5 office located at 5525 S. 11th St. in Ridgefield. Public comments will be taken.