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Trumpeter swans continue to make home at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

Last week, Carlene Hardt took this photo of an adult trumpeter swan at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.


During quick stop during their migration to the Arctic tundra, swans give nature-lovers a show in Pend Oreille Valley

Despite the snow blanketing the region’s forests and valleys, spring is just around the corner. To a nature lover and photographer like myself, that means the swans are coming.


Out & About: Tundra swans lead parade of migrants

OUTHERE – February’s unseasonably warm weather kick-started spring bird migrations into the region. Among the largest and most obvious are the tundra swans that have been finding open water from …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Late springs prove fatal for swans

We’d like to think we live in a relatively pristine area without need for environmental regulations or Superfund help. But 150 or so tundra swans a year tell us something …


Swan’s long run at Turnbull Refuge ends on high note

An elderly trumpeter swan that could teach sports teams a thing or two about commitment, determination and achievement has ended his long run at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The swan …


Washington key to trumpeter swan comeback

The number of trumpeter swans in Washington has grown in recent years after nearly going extinct. According to Seattle Audubon’s “Bird Web,” fewer than 100 trumpeter swans were alive south …


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 …


Solo the trumpeter swan still alive

Ending fears that he may have been killed by poachers in Stevens County, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at …


Birdwatchers unite to catch killer of rare trumpeter swan

A wildlife murder mystery is unfolding in the Colville River Valley with possible links to one of the region’s remarkable romance stories. Local birdwatchers already have built a reward of …


Turnball manager retires after 18 years on job

At a fraction of their salaries and with no stock options or bonuses, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager near Cheney has done what many high-powered CEOs have …


Ups and downs for loons, geese, swan

Washington waterfowl have been keeping an unusually high profile in the news this month. Among the top recent stories:


Elderly swan a dad again after 22 years

The drought is over for a geriatric but persistent trumpeter swan who has sired the first cygnets to be born at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge since 1987. Four grayish-white puffballs …


Elderly swan a dad again after 22 years

The drought is over for a geriatric but persistent trumpeter swan which has sired the first cygnets since 1987 at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The four grayish-white puffballs hatched near …


Restrictions aim to reduce toxic impacts of hunting, fishing

Anglers have a sinking feeling about rising concerns over lead poisoning. Hunters are recoiling, too.


Solo’s saga detailed

With thousands of tundra swans flooding through the region on their spring migration, a birdwatching spotlight still shines on a single endangered trumpeter swan that’s become an icon at Turnbull …


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.


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 …


Self-guided swan route for wildlife watchers

Self-guided access (Pend Oreille County map or DeLorme Atlas recommended): Drive north on Highway 2 through Newport to Oldtown.


For this male trumpeter swan, it’s truly a Solo act

Solo, the iconic trumpeter swan at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, was named by Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers in this column about the swan, then a widower, on April 4, …