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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

A rare sighting of a Ross's gull in Okanogan County was documtented in this photo by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Jeff Heinlen. (Jeff Heinlen / Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Rare Ross's gull spotted in Okanogan County

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A rare sighting of a Ross’s gull has been reported on Palmer Lake in Okanogan County by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) biologist Jeff Heinlen. The Ross’s gull (Rhodostethia rosea), an East Siberian arctic species that normally winters at sea,...

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Idaho hunter ed teacher dismissed after gun fired in class

HUNTER EDUCATION — Some of Washington's volunteer hunter education instructors have been grumbling about new procedural rules and a trend toward replacing instructor firearms in classroom settings with guns that have disabled firing pins. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department might seem a little overbearing...

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Sixteen carbide steel tips provide the traction on ice for the three Korkers waterproof, insulated boots. (Associated Press)

Walking on ice? Boot company gets a grip

WINTER SPORTS -- No need to be slip-sliding along all winter. Korkers, the Oregon boot company that made its name with interchangeable soles for fishermen's wading boots, has diversified into other footwear, including with snowboots that have different traction options, including studded soles for applications...

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011


A bighorn sheep ram curls its lips to collect more sensory information as it seeks receptive ewes during the late November-December breeding season in Montana. (Jaime Johnson)

Winter doesn't chill bighorn ram's desire

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The party's over for elk. Bull moose have given up on the girls. Deer are losing their urges and getting serious about consuming enough calories to endure the winter. Meanwhile, bighorn sheep are getting it on. December is the peak of the...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2011


A mature bald eagle cruises above the cold water looking for kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene. 
 (Photos by Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

It's a record! Bald eagles mobbing Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles are mobbing Lake Coeur d’Alene in record numbers this week. On Thursday, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo returned from an eagle cruise boat tour and reported that eagles were "all over the place" compared to just...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011



Chance Fiander adds another spring chinook salmon to his stringer on the Columbia River in Cascade Locks, Ore., on Tuesday. The spring chinook run this year is one of the largest in decades.  (Associated Press)

Salmon anglers get good forecast for 2012 runs

SALMON FISHING -- Preliminary forecasts for salmon returns, announced this week, give anglers three good reasons to look forward to 2012: Upriver spring chinook, expected to be the fourth largest since at least 1980. Summer chinook, could be the largest since at least 1980. Sockeye,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011


Elk to be shot at Snoqualmie golf course

WILDLIFE -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is getting ready to tee off on elk that have been tearing up the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course, about 30 miles east of Seattle. Some people are upset by the "damage hunt," which will involve a...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011


Paqlite takes 'glow-in-dark' to higher level

NEW GEAR – The UVPaqlite is worth checking out in case you have an application for a portable light source that does NOT require batteries, bulbs, electricity or chemical activation. These glow-in-the-dark ‘lights in a bag’ charge even by cloudy daylight, will illuminate 3-6 person...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011


Endangered species get stamp of approval

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Stamp your mail with a note of confidence in the Endangered Species Act by purchasing the recently introduced Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp, available at post offices. Although there's no similar tool for dedicating a few cents to this good cause when...

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Bald eagles grace the cover of the Spokane Audubon Society's 2012 Birds of Eastern Washington calendar, feature photos by the group's members. Cover photo by Ron Dexter
 (Ron Dexter)

Use local calendar to make a date with wildlife

BIRDING -- Consider it a perfect gift to yourself or someone else who’ll enjoy daily reminders of the feathered friends found in the region. The Spokane Audubon Society's Birds of Eastern Washington 2012 calendar features local birds photographed by the group's members Cost: $12 if...

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