February 2010 Outings Schedule
All area codes are 775 unless otherwise noted.

February 11 (Thursday) 7:00 pm social, 7:30 pm program
Be Bear Aware! Program Meeting
. Join wildlife biologist Carl Lackey for an informative discussion on Nevada's black bear population. Lackey is a well-known black bear specialist from the Nevada Department of Wildlife and has overseen the bear control program for more than 13 years. His work was featured in a National Geographic Channel program titled "The Animal Extractors" in 2006. Lackey will offer a brief overview of the natural history of bears in our state, including basic biological information. He will then discuss bear management issues, threats, and opportunities. With wildfires, drought, and human encroachment into their habitat, bear encounters are no longer uncommon. For a preview of the information to be covered, check out the Wildlife & Habitat section of the NDOW web site: http://www.ndow.org/. Carl has produced and posted many fascinating reports, including a 46-page booklet: Ecology and Conservation of Nevada's Black Bears as well as historical and current statistics on black bear mortalities and complaints. For more information, contact Valerie Andersen at 828-0302. Location: Bartley Ranch Park, Reno ND. Leader: Valerie Andersen (828-0302). Easy.

February 13 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
Churchill Butte, near Silver Springs. Dayhike
. We will scale the butte, overlooking historic Ft Churchill, and portions of the emigrant wagon route, ancient and modern Lake Lahontan, the Pony Express Trail and the Lincoln Hwy. Learn some history of the area. Day hike of about 9.5 miles, with at least 1,800 feet of gain for the day; all in the first four miles. Portions of hike are off trail with steep descents. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Strenuous.

February 14 (Sunday) 9:30 a.m.
Beginner's Snowshoe
. Join us for fun Beginner's snowshoe. We'll trek about 3.5 miles round trip on path with gentle ups and downs, but plenty of steep practice along the way for those so inclined. Dress in layers, bring snowshoes and poles, lunch and plenty of water. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Starbucks on Mt. Rose Highway. DOK. Leader: Chuck Oliveira (coliveira55@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: Grace C. Caudill (myoki@att.net). Moderately Easy.

February 20 (Saturday) 8:30 a.m.
Sawmill in the Desert Dayhike
. Day hike of about 12 miles in loop; mostly flat, near Buckland's Station, south of Silver Springs along the lower Carson River. See and ponder the remains of a sawmill in the desert, and then see the current route of the railroad which services Hawthorn, and hike on a portion of the route of the Carson and Colorado Railroad, circa early 1880's. ND. Leader: T A Taro (775-530-2935). Moderately Easy.

February 22 (Monday) 6:30 PM
Outings Meeting and Potluck
. All members welcome to join us and help plan outings for April, May, and June. Bring potluck dish to share. All beverages provided. We will be meeting at the home of Yvonne Jerome. Call Yvonne for directions; all leaders will receive an e-mail with directions.  ND. Leader: Yvonne Jerome (851-3043; why@clearwire.net). Co-Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Easy.

February 27 (Saturday) 0930
Hidden Cave/Grimes Point/Fortunate Eagle Outing
. We will meet at the Churchill County Museum for a short film on the history of Hidden Cave; http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/blm/hidden_cave.html. Afterwards we will get a tour of the cave by a BLM archeologist. There will then be some time to explore the other shelters in the hidden cave area before we travel to Grimes Point for lunch; http://www.americantrails.org/nationalrecreationtrails/blm/grimespoint-nv.html. The plan is for about 1 and 1/2 hours at Grimes point for lunch and to explore some of the petroglyphs, after which we will car pool to the Paiute-Shosone Reservation to meet with Fortunate Eagle and visit the Round House Art Gallery. Limit 20. ND. Leader: Donna Inversin (775.315.6763; d_inversin@yahoo.com). Co-Leader: T.A. Taro (775.530.2935; tapenelope2@juno.com). Easy.

February 27 (Saturday) 9:00 AM
Spooner Summit North on TRT
. Snowshoe north along the Tahoe Rim Trail starting from Spooner Summit. We will take in spectacular views of Tahoe in winter and find a cozy place for lunch. Trip elevation about 1,000 feet and 5-6 miles. Hint: This is equivalent to 8-9 miles hiking. Learn about the TRT.     DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Vesna Koracin (324-4092). Moderate.