Outdoors blog archive for Aug. 2011

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Hunters and t heir dogs head out at sunrise into the high-mountain haunts of dusky grouse.  (RICH LANDERS PHOTOS)

Wave of hunting seasons kick off in September

HUNTING -- Fall is in the air, and hunters are gearing up for the woods. Although black bear seasons already have opened in some areas of Washington, Sept. 1 it the big kick-off day for bears hunting in notheastern Washington along with mourning dove hunting...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

Banks Lake drawdown attracts shorebird watchers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The drawdown of Banks Lake for spillway construction that will last into next year is a pain for boaters (see post below), but it's considered an opportunity for birdwatchers. The drawdown is exposing muddy banks that are attracting shorebirds. Although better viewing...

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MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2011

Laurie Fleming of Spokane adds muscle power to a Washington Trails Association volunteer project to improve a trail in Spokane County's Iller Creek Conservation Area. (Rich Landers)

Spokane-area trail work projects fall into place

VOLUNTEERING OUTDOORS -- Helpers are needed for two reconstruction projects on popular trails near Spokane this month. The Washington Trails Association is coordinating the work as follows: Mount Spokane, Sept. 1 and 15 – the last of several Thursday work parties on re-routes of trails...

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This  1995  photo shows String Lake with snow-covered mountains in the background at Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.  Several of the glaciers on the Tetons have lost more than 20 percent of their surface area over 40 years.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Record number of rescues logged in Tetons

MOUNTAINEERING -- Major searches and rescues at Grand Teton National Park hit a single-year record last week. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that park officials aren’t sure yet why there were so many rescues this year. The record was eclipsed Aug. 20 when climber Lauren McLean...

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Washington's Discover Pass inconvenience discussed 

STATE LANDS -- A bipartisan collection of 49 Washington state legislators is siding with state lands users who don't like the complexity of the new Discover Pass parking access requirements for state parks andother state lands. Two weeks ago, 35 representatives and 14 senators signed...

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Though West Nile Virus has not been detected in humans in North Idaho or Washington, the Panhandle and Spokane Regional health districts are encouraging residents to protect themselves from mosquitos, which can carry the virus.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Skeeters with West Nile virus found in eastern Idaho 

OUTDOOR HAZARDS -- Officials in eastern Idaho’s Gem County say mosquitoes collected this week tested positive for West Nile virus. This follows a report in mid-August that the virus was found in a Mosquito near Yakima. Idaho's Gem County Mosquito Abatement District director Jason Kinley...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.

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