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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 …


Out & About: State accepting proposals for sportfishing rule changes

SPORTFISHING – Proposals for changing Washington sportfishing rules starting in 2013 are being accepted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife through June 15. The agency says it will …


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 …


Out & About: Timelybriefs on fishing, hunting, nature

CdA ranks 9th in U.S. for bass OUTSTANDING – Bass fishing at Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting national attention this week as the North Idaho lake was listed No. 9 …


Out & About: Sign-up deadline looms for Kid Fishing event

OUTFISH – April 20 is the deadline to sign up kids ages 5-14 for the May 5 Kid Fishing event at Clear Lake. Up to 950 youths will be preassigned …


Birds soon to be looking for cavity nesting sites

The past week of snow and frigid weather has been but a minor setback. Bird migrations will be getting into full swing through the Inland Northwest this month as sure …


Post Falls photographer seizes snowy owl irruption opportunity

Sandy Milliken proved that wildlife photographers are a hungrier version of the common birdwatcher by going the distance to make pictures of snowy owls. Failing to find the snowies reported …


WSU giving attention, care to snowy owl with broken wing

A snowy owl that recently escaped death is making himself at home at Washington State University. The owl, Tundra, had migrated thousands of miles from the Arctic to the Inland …


Snowy owls give Oregon surprise visit

BEND, Ore. – Wildlife scientists are puzzling over the appearance of the snowy owl in Oregon, a bird rarely seen in the state. The owls are usually found in Alaska …


2011: Out & about

Badger Lake residents challenged and postponed an aquatic weed herbicide application proposed by other lake residents. Felt got the boot in Maryland, the first state to ban felt-soled boots for …


Field reports: Visiting snowy owls find roads rough

MIGRANTS – Snowy owls seem to be showing up in ones and twos all over the northern tier of the United States this winter as they migrate from arctic homes …


Area bird watchers up for the Christmas Bird Count

Inland Northwest birders are among thousands in roughly 2,000 localities across North America and beyond who will be flocking together in the next few weeks for the 112th annual Audubon …


Eagle numbers down sharply on Lake Cd’A

The annual gathering of bald eagles that feast on spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting off to a slow start.


Why are ruffed grouse taking a shine to retired North Idaho men?

Ruffed grouse have been taking a shine to graying men in North Idaho. Newspaper stories have featured two men who’ve developed close relationships with the normally shy forest grouse.


Chelan hawk migration lures research, festival

“Plastic owls on long poles help bring the hawks near capture nets,” said Felix Martinez of Spokane. “Hawks hate owls and will veer miles out of their way to harass …


Rescuer’s act of kindness expands to save barn owls

On any given day in the spring, a shed surrounded by rolling vineyards on the fringe of Kennewick holds about 20 young barn owls. They’re confined until they grow big …


Field reports: Audubon Society offers birding classes, trips

WILDLIFE – Spokane Audubon members are offering several opportunities to learn more about birds and bird identification. • Birds of Eastern Washington, Thursday and Saturday, taught by SAS member Fran …


Tsunami one more disaster for albatross

The albatross has had more ups and downs with Japan’s seismic events than the courtship flight of a snipe. While the world focuses on Japan’s March 11 earthquake disaster, a …


Owls have a hoot making winter babies

Several of the 11 owl species that inhabit most parts of Idaho and the region are already well into their courtship and production of a new generation, according to Jim …


Out & About: Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer

Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer What: Yoke’s Outrageous Air Show aerial ski-jumping exhibition ( vimeo.com/12585195), plus fireworks, music


2010 Outstanding in their field

Andrew Graham is goose-calling ace, Alexander Martin canoes across the USA, Kim Thorburn is named Fish & Wildlife volunteer of the year…


Outstanding in their field

Andrew Graham, 15, a freshman at Cheney High School, traveled to Easton, Md., in November and stepped onto the elite stage of waterfowl communication. He honked away most of the …


OK to grouse about grouse

Although they have virtually no money for formal surveys, Washington biologists speculate that forest grouse populations have been lower than average in the past few years. The harvest of ruffed, …


Idaho chukars provide bright spot amid mixed bird-hunting prospects

Time to start training for the harshest bird hunting terrain in the region, since chukars may be one of the saving graces in a season of mixed news for upland …


Washington provides only opportunity for grouse slam

Washington is a rare bird for wingshooters looking to bag a “slam.” Forest grouse hunters recognize Washington as the only state that offers a four-bird slam, which was born in …


Bird watchers ask, field guides deliver

Kris Buchler, who was teaching a beginner bird-watching class for Coeur d’Alene Audubon this spring, was tentative when a novice asked her, “What’s the best field guide to birds?” “Everybody …


Pole spared for birds

Heavy equipment operators could sometimes be accused of being on a power trip when they’re maintaining the huge transmission lines that traverse wildlife habitat in this region. But neighbors say …