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Critter watch: It’s better to leave wildlife babies alone

A wildlife population explosion takes place around this time every year and anyone can stumble onto a baby critter virtually anywhere outside. “Wild bird and mammal species typically produce young …


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 …


Heritage birds: ‘Grouse an icon of the open landscapes’ of Evergreen State

The annual shows that inspired Native American dancers centuries ago are underway on Washington’s grasslands, sagebrush prairies and mountain foothills. Grouse are strutting on their stages to fan their tails …


Sage grouse conservation efforts huge

Knowing that the 1993 listing of the spotted owl as a threatened species hurt the logging industry, ranchers are getting aboard efforts to head off restrictions to their livelihoods. The …


Sage lands seeded with grouse

In a translocation program started eight years ago, 38 sage grouse captured in Oregon were released last month in Washington to boost residual populations south of Creston. The 21,000-acre Swanson …


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 …


In the Garden: Food, water, protection and nesting sites attract birds

Gardens teem with life: earthworms work their miracles in the soil, beetles crawl about industriously, ladybugs munch aphids for us and butterflies add flashes of color to the flower beds. …


Wildlife biologist Howard Ferguson relishes hands-on career

The stars of the Wild Kingdom TV series made it glamorous, but Howard Ferguson has made his living handling and monitoring critters ranging from butterflies to moose. The wildlife biologist …


Out & About: Weather change shifts birds into another gear

Weather change energizes birds OUTFIELD – Thursday’s sunshine, capping a week of weather extremes, brought on an epidemic of avian spring fever. Love was in the air.


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 …


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 …


Field Reports: Oregon wolf dies from parvovirus

CRITTERS – The first case of parvovirus in Oregon wolves has been documented by the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. The wolf known as OR19, found dead by Oregon …


North Idaho-trained photographer focused on saving endangered species

In 1993, an immigrant fresh from Thailand enrolled at North Idaho College and studied two courses that changed his life. “First I had to learn English as a second language,” …


Bringing back Washington’s prairie grouse

Prairie grouse, formerly abundant in the sage-steppe regions of Eastern Washington, are slowly improving from the brink of extirpation with the help of other states. During the grouse breeding period …


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: Migratory Bird Day family activities set

OUTDO – National Migratory Bird week events organized by area Audubon Society chapters are for the birds – and people who want to learn more about them. A three-day Learn-to-Bird …


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 …


Out & About: Spokane Bicycle Club is the wheel deal

OUTPEDAL – Last Sunday’s Outdoors feature on regional bicycling events had a list of cycling groups. Unfortunately, the venerable Spokane Bicycle Club ( spokanebicycleclub.org) was omitted at the top of …


Landers: Spring has already sprung for wildlife

The early hint of spring weathering into the region this week is a game-changer for outdoorsmen, but merely a confirmation of what’s already under way for wildlife. Skiers coming off …


Landers: Spring has already sprung for wildlife

The early hint of spring weathering into the region this week is a game-changer for outdoorsmen, but merely a confirmation of what’s already under way for wildlife.


Field Reports: Priest Lake fish plan to be presented at meeting

FISHING – As a divisive debate on managing non-native lake trout with native cutthroats and popular kokanee at Priest Lake continues, Idaho Fish and Game officials will hold a public …


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. …


Landers: Bird watching an activity worth feeding - responsibly

“It’s the best Christmas present we could have given her,” said my wife, Meredith, after finishing a phone call with her mother. One 40-pound bag of black-oil sunflower seeds and …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2013

Landers: Feeding birds a delight when done properly

“It’s the best Christmas present we could have given her,” my wife, Meredith, said after finishing a phone call with her mother.


Great blue heron fits in with Inland Northwest ice anglers

Ice fishing can warm an angler’s heart when weather gets cold enough to freeze the surface of smaller Inland Northwest waters. A few resourceful great blue herons – normally shy …


Audubon Clubs invite birders to join Christmas Bird Counts

Small groups of bird watchers heading out locally this month for the 113th annual Christmas Bird Count are helping plot what appear to be significant global trends. For example, surveys …


Audubon calendar features local birds

The Spokane Audubon Society is offering monthly reminders that Eastern Washington residents are blessed with a colorful palate of avian residents and visitors. The 2013 Birds of Eastern Washington calendar …


Out & About: Three of five cygnets survive at Turnbull

OUTTRUMPET – A young trumpeter swan was found dead on an island at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge last week with no cause of death evident. The carcass has been sent …


Field reports: New website details potential wildlife lands

PUBLIC LAND – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife unveiled a website, wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions, this week detailing a wish list of properties the state may buy for fish and wildlife …