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UPDATED: Wed., May 20, 2020

Reader photo: Watching for visitors

Gary Miller took this photo of a female black-headed grosbeak on Tuesday near Four Lakes. “Staying home and staying healthy isn’t so bad when there’s a variety of birds visiting,” …


UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

Reader photo: Pewee’s playhouse

Rex Stahly took this photo of a western wood pewee last Thursday, about 5 miles south of Spokane.


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 …


Audubon meeting will put focus on conservation

Spokane Audubon’s next meeting program on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., is on Dishman Hills Conservancy’s recent property additions in southeast Spokane County.


Reader photo: A splash of winter color

“House finches can really add a lot of color to gray days of winter,” Buck Domitrovich writes. He took this photo in Cheney last Thursday. Web extra: Submit your own …


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.


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

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

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

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

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.