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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013




Map shows the 15-mile diameter area for the Spokane Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count.

10 things learned from Christmas Bird Count data

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Local Audubon Society chapters have tapped professional biologists to present special pre-Christmas Bird Count programs on identifying and understanding “winter birds:” Whether you're gearing up for joining a group outing during the Audubon Society's 114th annual Christmas Bird Count or simply brushing...

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MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013







Sprague Lake sets up some perfectly slick, shiny, hard, clear ice for skaters and the area's rarest breed of sailors.  Dave Farmer, who snapped this photo of catsailer Frank Caccavo, declared Dec. 7, 2013, "opening day" of their season. (Dave Farmer)

Sprague Lake surface shines for ice sailors

WINTER SPORTS -- Sprague Lake set up some perfectly slick, shiny, hard, clear ice for skaters and the area's rarest breed of sailors. Dave Farmer of Revival Lighting is an ice sailor who rallied up catsailing partner Frank Caccavo and declared Saturday "opening day" of...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013

FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2013


Steelhead: Fin structure good with distinct margins. Normal head, slender body.  (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Steelheading to close on upper Columbia

FISHING -- Steelhead fisheries will close one hour after sunset on Sunday, Dec. 8, on the upper Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam and on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers. Fishing for whitefish will also close on the Wenatchee River. The closures...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013




2014 chinook salmon forecast to Columbia River. (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

2014 spring chinook forecast sees more fish

FISHING -- The chart above, just released by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, is an early forecast for spring and summer chinook returning to the Columbia River next year. The numbers suggest that almost twice as many spring chinook will return to the...

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Snowshoers tracks near Rogers Pass, Mont., in below-zero temperatures. (Jaime Johnson)

Snowshoer has eye for scenic location

WINTER SPORTS -- Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson and his wife, Lisa, of Lincoln jumped at the chance Wednesday offered to strap into their snowshoes for a walk through a cold clear day and deep powder in Western Montana. Broke trail to the top of...

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