So much to do: April calendar of outdoor events

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April 15
Bird Brain Trivia
7-10 p.m., The Alaska Zoo: Join The Alaska Zoo for a program all about birds. Create teams for a bird-focused trivia night, complete with beer, food and other fun. The event is part of the 2016 centennial celebration of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. For more information, go to

April 16
Fish Hatchery Tour
2 p.m., William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery, 941 N. Reeve Blvd.: Want to learn more about salmon? The Nature Center
has set up a special guided tour of the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery on Ship Creek in Anchorage. Open since 2011, it produces over 5 million Chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, arctic char and arctic grayling annually to enhance sport fishing in Southcentral Alaska. Free; but limited to 20 people who register at 694-2108. Meet at hatchery: 941 N Reeve Blvd., Anchorage AK 99501. (

April 17
“Our Perfect Wild,” Author Visit
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center: To what lengths would you go to save the things you love? Ray and Barbara Bane traveled 1,200 miles by dog team across Alaska. At the end of that journey in 1974, they committed themselves to preserving the wilderness that they cherished. Informed by traditional wisdom or Native elders, they helped draw the lines on the map for national parks across Alaska. Join Ray Bane and as he talks about his and Barbara’s adventures and the controversy of those volatile years in Alaska history. Joined by author Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan, they will be signing their biography, “Our Perfect Wild: Ray & Barbara Bane’s Journeys and the Fate of the Wild North.” Free, but parking is $5 parking for nonmembers. (

April 19
Mountaineering Club of Alaska meeting
6:30-8:45 p.m., BP Energy Center: Sarah Zerkel will present stories and pictures from Aconcagua. From humble beginnings as a Chugach Scrambler to climbing the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, come learn how climbing in Alaska helped to prepare for this South American adventure. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite nonmembers. (

April 23
Denali Randonneurs Talkeetna Brevet
9 a.m., Talkeetna Roadhouse: The Talkeetna 100K brevet is the group’s first ride of the season. Registration is available at the club website, Enjoy an out-and-back that starts and finishes at the Talkeetna Roadhouse, following the Talkeetna Spur Road and a smidge of the Parks Highway north to Trapper Creek before making the turn and bringing it back. Free for members, and $10 for nonmembers, but registration is required, regardless of membership status.

April 23-24
Master Naturalist: Aquatic Ecosystems Workshop
10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, Eagle River Nature Center: The Alaska Master Naturalist Program is designed for teachers, nonformal educators and anybody who wants to learn about the natural world, sharing that knowledge with others and supporting conservation of Alaska’s natural resources. Teachers can earn up to three Continuing Education Units. For cost and registration, go to

April 24
Native Plants for Gardening
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center: Alaska wildflower expert Verna Pratt will share pictures and tips on which native plants work well for incorporating into your garden this coming summer. Indoor program. Free, but parking is $5 parking for nonmembers. (

April 30
Bird Songs
2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center: Volunteer naturalist Beth Baker will talk about why birds sing, as well as help you learn to identify songs and calls of some common birds. Free, but parking is $5 parking for nonmembers. (

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