Outdoor events for April 26-May 2

1 Bears in the Cascades

Wildlife ecologist Bill Gaines will talk about his three-year search for grizzly bears in the North Cascades; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday; Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center, 2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma; free; register at mountaineers.org or call Shannon Brundle at 206-903-1457.

2 Birds and brews

Meet other birders from Mason County or those who happen to be in the area, discuss good places to see birds and the interesting birds you have seen recently; 5 p.m. Wednesday; because the location changes, call Norma at 360-426-1051 for the location; blackhills-audubon.org.

3 Ling cod derby

Point Defiance Marina will hold its seventh annual Ling Cod Derby; anglers will have the chance to win cash and prizes by catching these bottom-dwelling fish; 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; Point Defiance Marina; 5912 N. Waterfront Drive, Tacoma; $15 per angler; 253-591-5325.

4 Shelton-Schafer State Park loop

This Capital Bicycle Club ride will cover 53 miles on low-traffic roads in Mason County; there will be about 1,800 feet of elevation gain; the pace will be moderate (14-16 mph) with stops to regroup; be ready to go at 10 a.m. Saturday; meet at the Park & Ride at the corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Shelton Matlock Road; for details, go to capitalbicycleclub.org.