Outdoors blog archive for March 2013

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

Sandhill cranes are an annual spring attraction near Othello.   (File Associated Press)

Sandhill Crane Festival set with birds, speakers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Organizers have assembled a collection of field trips and speakers while nature is supplying the wildlife for the 16th annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival. Sign up in advance on the website; many activities fill quickly. Events kick off Friday (April 5) with...

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Avalanche reporters find slushy conditions

WINTER SPORTS -- "We had it going on for a while, the melt-freeze I mean," said Kevin Davis in today Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center weekly forecast. "Last weekend the conditions were great and if you could have had this week off you would have been...

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Lake Roosevelt water level report, March 29, 2013. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt near summer level for weekend

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was at at the summer-like elevation of 1282.00 feet this morning, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expects the level to rise only slightly to1282.6 by Sunday. The elevation likely will drop to about 1279.9 by April 10....

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National forests require firewood permits

PUBLIC LANDS -- Cutting firewood for personal or commercial use from national forests requires a permit. Peronal use permits go on sale Monday (April 1). Exception: Colville National Forest permit sales have been delayed until April 8 because of printing delays. Info: (509) 684-7000. Idaho...

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A clump of buttercups are among the first flowers of the coming season. (Mike Prager)

Dishman Hills Buttercup Hike April 6

HIKING – The 47th annual Buttercup Hike, a free family-style guided walk through the Dishman Hills Natural Area, will be led by Dishman Hills Conservancy members on April 6. Hikers will set out on the two-hour walk at noon from the Camp Caro parking area....

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THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013


Idaho extends wolf hunting through June 

HUNTING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission today (March 28) voted to extend the current wolf hunting season in the Middle Fork and part of the Dworshak-Elk City wolf management zones. The commission extended the wolf hunting season through June 30 in the Middle...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

A gray wolf (Associated Press)

Enviros bristle at possibilty of delisting wolves 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- News that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking into the possibility of delisting gray wolves from endangered species protections ought to be good news. Delisting is the goal of listing. Delisting was applauded where' it's already happened -- much later...

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Washington confirms 10th wolf pack; more likely 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A new wolf pack has been confirmed in Washington by state wildlife officials, bringing the number of known packs to 10 with AT LEAST four other packs suspected of operating inside or on the state borders. The photo with this post shows...

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Wolverines, described as a 30-pound ball of muscle, teeth and attitude, require vast wild areas to roam and survive. Volunteers are helping researchers document where the carnivores are active in the Inland Northwest.

Wolverine, lynx, fishers studied in Montana

WILDLIFE -- Montana's big Crown of the Continent wilderness areas are providing fertile ground for research on wolverines, lynx and fishers, as you can read in this Missoulian story. This research eventually will blend with similar efforts in Idaho and Washington to help get a...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013


In 1982, climber Alan Kearney took this photo of Inspiration Glacier from the summit of Forbidden Peak in the Cascades.  Copyright Alan Kearney (Alan Kearney)

Climber's photos document shrinking Cascades glaciers 

CLIMBING -- Northwest climber/photographer Alan Kearney has an ongoing project to photograph Cascades glaciers from the same spot he photographed them on climbing trips decades ago. As you might expect, having read anything about climate change in the past few decades, the glaciers show considerable...

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A bull moose yet to begin sprouting new antlers was photographed on on March 21, 2013, in the Ponderosa neighborhood of Spokane Valley by Hans Krauss. The moose's condition indicates it's been infested with ticks. (Hans Krauss)

Ticks: tiny wolves at work on area moose 

WILDLIFE -- Hans Krauss, a Spokane Valley wildlife enthusiast and photographer, shot these photos of a bull moose in the Ponderosa neighborhood a few days ago. What first caught his eye are the bases of where antlers had fallen off, and where the new antler...

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MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

Amy Sinclair of Exodus Wilderness Adventures in Riggins hoists a Salmon River steelhead aboard her jet boat. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)

Steelheading remains good on Idaho rivers

FISHING -- Steelhead have been working their way into tributaries as they near their spawning areas after a long migration that started last year. Many anglers love this time of year, when the fish are more accessible in the smaller streams. Recent angler surveys show...

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Forest Service proposes restrictions on appeals

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to the process people use to challenge timber sales and other agency decisions. New guidelines expected to be unveiled later this week would require anyone interested in challenging agency actions to fully take part in...

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Roaming a snowy field: A coyote watches passing motorists on Thursday in a field near Airway Heights. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Utah's $50 bounty on coyotes questioned

PREDATORS -- Bounties are back! Utah's plan to kill coyotes to save mule deer questioned A decline in mule deer over the past generation prompted the Utah Legislature to create a $50 bounty to encourage hunters to kill coyotes. However, some scientists question whether the...

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Hanging out at a Hangman Valley yardhome, a young moose nibbles on a tree. Moose numbers seem to be holding or growing in the state, so far. (File)

Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Outdoors and wildlife-related stories recently published in The Spokesman-Review include: Moose decline puzzles biologists across the country Moose down in Idaho, but holding on in Washington Out & About: Poacher sends $6,000 check to ease conscience; wolf origin hard to peg Boundary Dam relicensing a...

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Clouds of snow geese darken skies in Montana 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- More than 50,000 snow geese have been resting at Freezeout Lake near Great Falls, Mont., on their annual spring migration. Snow geese are the only waterfowl I know of that are hunted during spring migrations as part of an effort by the...

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