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Audubon fall field trip planned

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


Free class focuses on autumn wings, woodpeckers, wildfires

A nonprofit dedicated to getting kids outside is offering a free class on Oct. 5.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Reader photo: A summer meal, almost

Spokane is a city built in the trees, and over time all manner of birds and animals take up residence in our trees and bushes.


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.


Guided osprey cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Saturday

Ever wondered how biologists study birds of prey, particularly ospreys?


Reader photo: Into the wild

A merlin carries a parakeet in its talons on Monday


Sandpoint osprey cam back online

The osprey pair at Sandpoint’s Memorial Field dubbed “Sandy and Pete” has returned from winter migration – and the avian stars are already putting on a show as they build …


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, 3:27 p.m.

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.


Reader photo: Mama osprey

A mother osprey perches high above the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park. Spike Lynch captured this shot early in December.


Reader photos: The birds of winter

While many birds may seem frail and ill-suited to survive frigid winter temperatures, the truth is they’re masters at surviving cold weather.


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: Brothers win 13th time in federal Duck Stamp art contest

Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minnesota, has won the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with an acrylic painting of mallards that will become the face of wetlands conservation …


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 …


Light pollution: Glacier, Waterton parks seek friendlier skies for critters

The stars are shining brighter and the glare of lights is a little less disorienting to creatures of the night in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park this year.


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Gulls devour hatchery trout released at Sprague Lake

A Spokane Fish Hatchery manager says the staff will review procedures after small trout released in Sprague Lake last week became the main course for a feeding frenzy of gulls.


Reader Photo: Robbing the cradle

As goslings crawl over a shoreline branch to swim after their parents, a largemouth bass blasts up to the surface and claims one for dinner.


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 …


Alan Liere: Whether of prey or song, birds are wondrous

One spring, my 13-year-old step-daughter and I watched from the deck as three mallard drakes tried to impress a hen mallard. “It’s called a courting flight,” I told her. “The …


UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Out & About: ‘Smoke-phase’ turkeys rank as one in a hundred

White meat or dark? That might be the first question that comes to mind when you spot a white wild turkey.


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 …


Crust-covered snow spells deadly conditions for wildlife

The wind-packed or sun-crusted snow blanketing much of the region this week delivers one of the most difficult survival tests for wintering birds and a wildlife.


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 …


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.