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Ridgefield Birdfest Features Dusky Canada Goose

Fall Display: Plenty of Birdwatching Opportunities Available Throughout Southwest Washington By The Chronicle Birders are converging next weekend at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (located about an hour’s drive south from the Twin Cities) for Birdfest and Bluegrass 2010. Sponsored by the Friends of the Refuge, the festival features guided bird walks, kayak trips, children’s activities and live bluegrass music. All proceeds go to benefit the refuge, which provides habitat for more than 200 species of birds. For more information, see http://www.ridge fieldfriends.org.

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Hunting Prospects Are Promising

Bulls: Big Hunt for Black-Tailed Deer Starts Oct. 16 By The Chronicle The muzzleloader hunt started last weekend, and at least one report had a hunter whooping with joy. One muzzleloader with a special draw permit started out on the mudflow on Mount St. Helens early this past Saturday. He nailed a 7-by-6 bull at about 9 a.m. way up on the mountain. It took until 8 p.m. to haul the animal out, and that included the help of two mules, according to Marshall Borsom…

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First Razor Clam Dig of Season Is On

Beaches: Series of Openings Starts Oct. 7 By The Chronicle Clam diggers on Monday got the go-ahead to proceed with the first razor-clam dig of the fall season, starting at noon Thursday, Oct. 7 at Twin Harbors beach and expanding to four other ocean beaches Friday and Saturday. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the digs at all five beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams were safe to eat.

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