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Page 10 :lte - Au,qust 22, 2012 Proper nectar helps hummingbirds bulk up for trip south By Chris Thomas first-class stamp." Oregon News Service The leg-band numbers and bird It's hard to believe summermeasurements are reported to the is coming to an end, but the birds National Bird Laboratory. Some- know it. times, a bird is caught .that's al- People who band humming- ready been banded, and they come birds in order to track their migra- to the Northwest from as far away tion patterns say the birds already as the southeastern United States have put on weight for their long and Mexico. Even birds just a few journey south - and in Oregon, Au- weeks old already are migrating. gust and September are the prime Hummingbirds survive primar- time to see them. ily by eating insects, but the nectar Fred Bassett, founder of Hum- that people put out in feeders gives mingbird Research, sometimes them a quick energy boost that they invites people to watch the band- appreciate. ing process up close, and even lets Ned Batchelder, who has been them hold the birds, banding birds for about a dozen "Now, while we have the bird, years from Washington state to I'm going to get some measure- Utah, advises people not to add ments from it. We're going to mea- food coloring to hummingbird nec- sure the length of its wing, tail and tar, and says there's even a study bill. He weighs 3.1 grams. And that under way to see if it's harmful to weight, you can stuff nine of those the birds. in an envelope and mail him for a "Nature's nectar is clear. 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Batchelder says the key to at- tracting hummingbirds is to" keep the nectar in the feeder fresh by changing it every few days. The birds are picky about what they eat and some are territorial, so putting out multiple feeders, either grouped nearby or in different spots, signals to the birds that there's enough for everybody. * * * ** The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking quali- fied candidates to represent the mid-Willamette Valley district on the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Com- mittee. Oregonians that are involved with local fishing or STEP groups, have previous experience working with volunteers and/or in communi- ty service, or are involved in natural resource or angling education are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be able to travel at least four times per year. The ideal candidate will be a resident of the mid-Willamette Val- ley, which includes thecommuni- ties of Salem, Dallas, Kings Valley, Corvallis, Junction City, Albany, Veneta, Eugene, Sweet Home, Leb- anon, Mill City and Detroit. The major stream basins in this area include Rickreall Creek, North Santiam River, South San- tiam River, Calapooia River. Lucki- amute River. Mary's River, Long Tom River and middle section of the Willamette River from north of Eugene to Salem. The successful candidate will serve a four-year term, with the pos- sibility of re-appointment for a total term of eight years. STEP was created by the Or- egon Legislature in 1981 to provide Photo courtesy of Deborah Smith Fred Bassett of Hummingbird Research, Inc holds a male, black-chinned hummingbird. a way for volunteers to participate Oregon Game Bird Regulations will in the restoration of native stocks of be available later in August. salmon, steelhead and trout. Eurasian collared-doves are The committee is comprised now classified as unprotected wild- of 13 members representing all re- life. gions of Oregon. Northwest Oregon General Members are appointed by theZone goose hunting will be split Governor and meet quarterly in into three time periods to align it various communities throughout with the NW Oregon Permit Goose the state to conduct STEP business Zone. Last period closes March 10. and advise ODFW and the Fish and The South Coast Zone bag Wildlife Commission on issues re- limit for dark geese during the third garding STEP. Committee members hunt period increases by two and are volunteers; however, business- white geese can now be taken dur- related expenses are reimbursed, ing all hunt periods in this zone. This recruitment will remain In the Northwest Permit open until filled, though candidates Goose Zone, shooting hours extend are encouraged to apply by Sept. 7. to 4 p.m. (previously closed 3 p.m.) * * * * * and check stations will be open The Oregon Fish and Wildlifefrom 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (previously Commission today set the 2012-13 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). game bird hunting regulations at its Due to wildfires in southeast meeting in Salem. Oregon that impacted some core Record breeding numbers of sage grouse habitat, sage grouse ducks mean another 107-day duck hunting permits were reduced by season with liberal bag limits. The 100 (75 in Whitehorse Unit, 25 in only change from last year is that Juniper Unit). Also. the eastern por- due to good breeding numbers of tion of the Whitehorse unit (east and scaup, there will be no bag limit re- south of Hwy 95) will be closed to striction for them. sage grouse hunting for this season. Other changes to bird seasons from last year follow. The 2012-13 See Seasons, page 11