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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 …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

A bird dog’s nose leaves footloose sportsman flush with fulfillment, even when shy of a limit

One of my favorite hiking seasons ended Monday, leaving ardent bird hunters with freezers full of healthy meat, fond memories of hoofing hard miles with shotguns in hand, and lean, …

Alaska birding adventure on Spokane Audubon agenda

One of the youngest members of the Spokane Audubon chapter – 18-year-old Curtis Mahon, an Eastern Washington University student working on a wildlife biology degree – will talk Nov. 13 …

Audubon fall field trip planned

The Spokane Audubon Society is hosting a birding field trip on Oct. 26.

Spokane Audubon chapter presents ‘Birding Florida’

The Spokane Audubon chapter’s next meeting program, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Riverview Community Bldg. (2117 E. North Crescent Ave.), will be “Birding Florida,” presented by former Palouse Audubon chapter …

Spokane man tallies 146 bird species in Pend Oreille County in a big birding day for the books

By the time midnight rolled around June 26, Michael Woodruff was out of bed and in the woods listening intently in the morning darkness.

Reader photo: Roots from a long-fallen tree

Gary Miller took this photo of the roots of a long-fallen tree April 4 near Fishtrap Lake, Washington.

UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019

Local fish biologist gets up-close look at tiny islands that house world’s albatross population

She landed at night, the plane touching down a thousand miles west of Hawaii, on a strip of land barely distinguishable from the heaving swells of the Pacific Ocean.

As ice thaws birds come flocking

As the Spokane region thaws, bird-watchers are looking to the skies.

Othello Crane festival announces theme

The Othello Crane Festival announced its 2019 theme on Monday.

Spokane Audubon calendar on sale, benefits local chapter

Looking for a beautiful and informative Christmas present? Check out the Spokane Audubon Society’s Birds of Eastern Washington 2019 calendar.

Reader photo: Urban Blue Jay

Buck Domitrovich took this photo of a blue jay near Steptoe Butte on Saturday. According to the Audubon Society, the raucous and colorful bird is slowly expanding its range into …

Dreaming of flight: The big business of birding

In addition to being a popular pastime, birding is a big business. Bird watchers spend 41 billion annually on trips and equipment.

Lake Coeur d’Alene sets record for visiting bald eagles

Bald eagles by the hundreds this week have smashed the record for their annual gathering at Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed on spawning kokanee.

Out & about: Local photographers compile calendar of area birds

The Spokane Audubon Society is offering monthly reminders that Eastern Washington residents are blessed with birds.

Out & about: Bald eagles flock to Lake Coeur d’Alene

OUTBACK – Kokanee are spawning and dying in North Idaho’s two largest lakes and bald eagles have begun congregating for the annual feast. Dozens of eagles are congregating at Granite …

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.

Out & About: Wildlife watching, fishing participation increases in U.S.

Wildlife watching, especially around the home, and fishing have gained popularity in recent years while participation in hunting has declined slightly, according to a report released last month.

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 …

Reader photo: Complimentary colors

Call of the wild prairie: A meadowlark belts out a call from an otherwise camouflaged position among blooming arrowleaf balsamroot west of Spokane. On the web: Submit your outdoors-related photos …

Sharp-eyed birder’s list shines in Lincoln County

Outdoors editor Rich Landers wasn’t the only one who had a good day of wildlife observation in Lincoln County last weekend. Following is a birding report that a rain-drenched, wind-whipped …

Out & About: Swan, crane festivals celebrate migrations

OUTCOMING – The recent weather melt off makes spring bird migrations easier to fathom. Birds already are shifting gears in the hemisphere and some will be flying through this region …

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.

Field Reports: Profanity Peak Pack removal cost state $135K

Washington wildlife managers spent $135,000 to kill seven of 11 gray wolves in a pack that had attacked or killed about 15 cattle on national forest grazing allotments in northeastern …

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.

The Spokesman-Review 2016 Readers Outdoor Photo Gallery captures flow of seasons

Readers who shared their photos helped The Spokesman-Review document the region’s outdoors in 2016, from the earth to the heavens and the wealth of flora, fauna and outdoor recreation in …

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 …