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Birds staking claims on prime Turnbull territory

At the edge of Winslow Pond, Mike Rule identified bird chatter rising from one of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge’s many wetlands. A female mallard quacked garrulously, while red-winged blackbirds vocalized …


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Spring forest burns boosts wildlife OUTFIELD – Many national forests are announcing they will be conducting “controlled burns” in the next few weeks while forests are just dry enough to …


Wildlife lovers use ears, eyes

The first wildlife signs of spring aren’t just sights for winter-sore eyes. They’re comforting to the ears, too. Tina Wynecoop, who lives just north of Spokane, has been reveling in …


Swans, herons flock to region

Migrating tundra swans are flocking by the thousands to the Colville and Pend Oreille River valleys.


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Nature lovers flock to bird festivals


Heron gathering a brief spectacle

Spokesman-Review photographer Colin Mulvany hit the perfect window of opportunity to capture more than 30 great blue herons in a single frame.


Swan route

The spring migration of tundra swans through the Inland Northwest is imminent, and tourism officials in Pend Oreille County planning a tour to share the spectacle of the swans’ annual …


Turnbull trumpets return of senior swan

Solo is back. The elegant trumpeter swan is likely the elder seasonal wildlife resident at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, and one of the oldest documented anywhere among his endangered species.


Help birds complete their journey

Many bird lovers in the Inland Northwest are rolling out the welcome mat for the spring migrants flocking into the region. Some of these birds still have a long way …


Ready for spring arrivals?

Bird migrations will be getting into full wing through the Inland Northwest this month, as you may have noticed last weekend when songbirds seemed to flood into the area and …


CdA bald eagles are visitor attraction

Bald eagles continue to congregate at Lake Coeur d’Alene for their annual feast of kokanee spawning in Wolf Lodge Bay, with counts of more than 80 birds last week. The …


Critter Watch: Bridge favors troubled critters

Spokane’s Sunset Highway Bridge is far more than a passageway for motorists across Hangman Creek. The bridge doubles as a condo for discerning critters.


CRITTER WATCH: Little Spokane River blooms with wildlife

Paddlers aren’t the only ones checking out the feral iris that was bursting in bloom last week along the Little Spokane River. The ruffed grouse above, photographed from a canoe, …


CRITTER WATCH: Power to the ospreys

“For a couple of years, an osprey pair has been nesting on this pole between the old and new Highway 395s at Dartford, where a zillion cars go by each …


CRITTER WATCH: Something to grouse about

April is no time to grouse around if you’re a grouse. Sharptails are dancing and sage grouse are booming on the prairies of Idaho, Montana and Washington. Ruffed grouse are …


CRITTER WATCH: When woodpeckers come knocking

If you hear what sounds like a jackhammer on the roof shortly around sunrise this month, it’s more likely to be a woodpecker looking for love. Woodpeckers, particularly northern flickers, …


CRITTER WATCH: Cat bib gives birds a chance

Catbib With a new hatch of young birds bringing song to our yards, it’s worth pointing out, once again, that in the United States alone, cats kill a million or …


It’s tempting to aid wildlife, but not wise

T heir legs were a blur as the fresh family of quail ran across 57th Avenue.


Bluebirds coming in for a landing

Bird migrations are in full wing through the Inland Northwest this month. Sandhill cranes and long-billed curlews showed up on schedule for the Sandhill Crane Festival that’s concluding today in …