The Washington Ski Touring Club offers trips, classes and volunteer opportunities for cross-country, telemark and backcountry skiers. The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6, at the Seattle...

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The Washington Ski Touring Club offers trips, classes and volunteer opportunities for cross-country, telemark and backcountry skiers. The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Jan. 6, at the Seattle REI, 222 Yale Ave. N. Learn about waxing skis with Eric Redrup, a Toko wax representative. Details: 206-525-4451 or www.wstc.org

The free Winter Trails Day is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 8 at Summit at Snoqualmie. The event, hosted by the Mountaineers, features demos and clinics and a chance to try snowshoeing. Details: www.wintertrails.org

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Join Barbara Ogaard of the Sarvey Wildlife Center for a morning of owl facts at 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 at Northwest Streamcenter, 600 128th St. S.E. in Everett. Details: www.streamkeeper.org or 425-316-8592

The Northend Bassmasters Club meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Crystal Creek Café, 22620 Bothell-Everett Highway in Canyon Park. There will be a discussion on winter smallmouth bass fishing. Details: 206-789-4259 or glmillard@comcast.net

The American Cetacean Society/Puget Sound Chapter is hosting a free presentation titled “Whales as Life Forms and Energy Forms,” 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Room 6, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in Seattle. Details: 206-781-4860 or www.acspugetsound.org

“The Nature of Winter” tour series continues daily through Jan. 2, with additional tours Saturdays through March 5. The series, hosted by Methow Valley Ranger District, offers snowshoe outings with a naturalist to learn about winter ecology, wildlife and animal tracking. The tour begins at Mazama Trailhead yurt (snowshoes provided at this site only) or the Sun Mountain Lodge (bring your own snowshoes or rent at lodge). Tours will also be held Saturday to Monday on the Martin Luther King and Presidents Day weekends. Participants need a $3 snowshoe pass. Details: 509-996-4036 or www.mvsta.com

The Emerald Sea Dive Club offers year-round activities including the “Big Buddy” program and weekly dives. The club meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 7-9 p.m. at Alfy’s Pizza, 4820 196th St. S.W. in Lynnwood. Details: 425-775-2410 or www.emeraldseadiveclub.org

The Northwest Mountain School in Leavenworth offers a two-day avalanche course Jan. 22-23 and Feb. 19-20 for backcountry skiers and boarders. Both involve a full-day session in Leavenworth on Saturday and a field day in the Stevens Pass backcountry on Sunday. Cost is $160 per person. Details: 509-548-5823 or www.mountainschool.com

The Seattle Audubon Society’s next bird-watching field trip is 7 a.m. Jan. 8 to Point No Point on the Kitsap Peninsula and Gibson Spit at Sequim Bay. The trip is limited to 11 people and will meet at Ravenna Park & Ride. Bring scope or binoculars, lunch and money for ferry and car-pool fees. Details: 253-639-3862

The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational is Feb. 3-5. Competition is limited to 100 boats with up to four anglers. Cost is $550 per boat. First place is $10,000. Details: 800-451-8910 or market@rocheharbor.com

Discovery Park in Seattle will conduct habitat-restoration work parties from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 19. Preregister. Details: 206-386-4236

Compiled by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter. He can be reached at 206-464-8780; e-mail: outdoorsnotes@seattletimes.com; fax: 206-464-3255; address: P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111.