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Stuck at home? Backyard birding is the perfect quarantine activity

It has all the drama and intrigue of your favorite Netflix show. It’s an activity that can be done from home, and yet one that doesn’t involve watching TV, drinking …

Eastern shore of Lake Pend Oreille offers easy, peaceful viewing of eagles

While eagles, and those who love watching them, may flock to Lake Coeur d’Alene this winter, there is another, quieter venue to observe the majestic birds of prey: the eastern …

Breaking birding record only beginning for Oregon man

On Dec. 31, 2014, Noah Strycker was celebrating New Year’s Eve in style, basking in a cruise ship hot tub with a bottle of champagne in each hand.

Birding brightens driver’s commute on I-90

I spend about 90 minutes in a vehicle each day, commuting from Coeur d’Alene to downtown Spokane. I didn’t expect to be birding from Interstate 90. But the first day …

Varied thrush’s haunting call pierces the forest in winter

On gray mornings in winter, the haunting two-note trill of one of the Northwest’s most secretive birds pierces the chilly air.

Bird counters fly high from field day

Spokane Audubon Society members are experts at identifying a tweet in the distance, picking out little grayish birds flitting through through tree branches or identifying distant waterfowl. And they have …

Kim Thorburn has scientist’s open mind to making policy for hunting, fishing

A doctor trained to assure the health of human populations has been volunteering for three years to help oversee the well-being of Washington’s fish and wildlife.

Siberian bird detours to Lewiston in second-known U.S. appearance

People from several states packing binoculars and cameras have been flocking to clusters of Russian olive trees at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston for the past two weeks.

Idaho birder’s list focuses on species spotted from bicycle

Tom McCabe, of Boise, meets a reporter in a parking lot and offers his “30-bird guarantee.” About 4 1/2 hours and 18 miles later, he came through with 30 species …

Bald eagle gathering nears record at Lake Coeur d’Alene

Despite difficult viewing conditions, a near-record count of bald eagles was tallied Wednesday in the weekly winter survey at Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Bird whistlers add local notes to Spokane Symphony’s ‘Pines of Rome’

The world’s original songsters will get a featherweight share of the spotlight at the

Field reports: Limits increasing for Roosevelt trout

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to eventually increase the daily catch limit of hatchery-marked rainbow trout from five to 10 a day at Lake Roosevelt.

After attracting birders, rare hawk owl killed near Okanogan

A northern hawk owl, a rare sighting in the Inland Northwest, was found dead on tribal lands near the Okanogan River last week after it had attracted scores of birdwatchers …

Audubon clubs prep for Christmas Bird Count

Bird watchers are gearing up for the Christmas Bird Count, an annual census that gives experienced birders a platform to involve newcomers in citizen science.

Recreation calendar

For 05-07-2015

Bird festivals feature sandhill cranes, tundra swans

The headline attraction at the annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival has already arrived for the March 27-29 series of programs, field trips and banquets based out of Othello, Washington. Founded …

Recreation calendar

For 03-05-2015

Out & About: Tundra swans lead parade of migrants

OUTHERE – February’s unseasonably warm weather kick-started spring bird migrations into the region. Among the largest and most obvious are the tundra swans that have been finding open water from …

In brief: Birders help science in Great Backyard Bird Count

Birders – including a lot of families and kids – are signing up to contribute 15 minutes of their favorite hobby to science. The Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 13-16, …

Audubon groups organizing for annual Christmas Bird Count

Whether it’s in the spirit of citizen science or just an excuse to join other nature lovers in their preferred environment, the 114th annual Christmas Bird Count is luring flocks …

Recreation calendar

For 07-03-2014

Birds of a feather: Will the real cinnamon teal please stand out?

A Bonners Ferry man has the unusual distinction of winning a top prize in a Ducks Unlimited waterfowling photo contest without being able to identify the birds in the picture. …

Rich Landers: Verdict still out on non-native Eurasian collared-dove

Exotic species usually spell trouble for natives. Lake trout illegally released in Yellowstone Lake crippled native cutthroat trout populations and raised havoc with the entire ecosystem, including the grizzly bears …

A few special birds lend a wing in golden eagle preservation

Golden eagles – including one that wore a “backpack” for eight years – are carrying their weight in research that could help curb their gradual decline. Data from an Eastern …

Beyond feeding: Birdwatchers can create habitat in yards

Winter offers a peaceful opportunity for bird watchers to take stock of their yards. With fewer chores to tend, we can look over the landscape like a farmer and see …

Birds by the numbers: Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Whether it’s in the spirit of citizen science or just an excuse to join other nature lovers in their preferred environment, the annual Christmas Bird Count is luring flocks of …

Audubon calendar taps local talent

The Spokane Audubon Society once again is offering monthly reminders that Eastern Washington residents are blessed with a colorful palate of avian residents and visitors. The 2014 Birds of Eastern …

Landers: Cats take staggering toll on birds

It’s unfortunate that birds don’t scream when they die; the din might catch our attention. The killing fields are all around us, from the glass windows in the city to …

Out & About: Region’s anglers cash in on casts

OUTPROFIT – Why should a fisherman work when there are so many opportunities to angle for dollars? Among them: • Mack Days, March 15-May 19 at Flathead Lake, with up …

Study finds hummingbirds migrate earlier

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Ruby-throated hummingbirds are migrating to North America weeks earlier than in decades past, and research indicates that higher temperatures in their winter habitat may be the reason. …