Outdoors blog archive for Nov. 2013

SATURDAY, NOV. 30, 2013

Spokane-area anglers tops in steelhead derby

FISHING -- Two Spokane area finished first and third in the unofficial results from the 2013 Kendall Chevrolet Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby that started Nov. 23 and ended today, according to the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce. Although results won't be verified until Monday,...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 29, 2013


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013


Skijoring with dogs is is allowed on designated groomed nordic skiing trails twice a week at Mount Spokane State Park (Diana Roberts)

Nordic skiing gears up at Mount Spokane 

WINTER SPORTS -- This is transition time for nordic skiers and snowshoers at Mount Spokane State Park. This week: State Park staff was out recently to clear about 50 trees that had blown down on the 60-kilometer cross-country trails system after two feet of snow...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

Silver Mountain sets Friday opener for skiers

WINTER SPORTS -- Silver Mountain Resort plans to open its lifts for skiers on Friday, Nov. 29, joining the rest of the region's ski resorts in opening limited terrain to take advantage of early season snow. Although Schweitzer Mountain Resort does its own thing with...

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Wild turkeys didn't come naturally to Idaho

WILDLIFE -- Wild turkeys are found across Idaho, and there’s even an open hunting season on them right now in the Panhandle Region and portions of the Clearwater. But wild turkeys are not native to the state. Merriam's strain turkeys were introduced by the Idaho...

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Roadkill: it's what's for dinner in Montana

Updated 11-26-13 at 9 a.m. with correction from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. WILDLIFE -- Just in time for Thanksgiving! Montana's online permitting system to legally take possession of road-killed big game goes operational today. A new state law allows people to salvage deer, elk,...

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MONDAY, NOV. 25, 2013



Wind farms such as the one shown above at Altamont Pass in California are killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Wind turbines -- depending on their size, location and speed of the blades -- have been identified as a lethal threat to birds and bats. (Photo: Mike Parr / American Bird Conservancy)

Graphic illustrates wind energy impacts to birds

WILDLIFE -- Following last week's milestone court settlement in which Duke Energy will pay $1 million to mitigate for the deaths of golden eagles and other birds caused by wind turbines in Wyoming, Northwest Public Radio featured this EarthFix graphic to help explain in simple...

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Recent outdoors stories in the Spokesman-Review

Landers: Canoeists paddle way of Columbia salmon Froma Harrop: Help save the wild turkey Spokane River Centennial Trail one step closer to completion Fall seasons give hunters one last shot at wild turkey dinner Out & About: Wolf kill rumor tracked down Field reports: Idaho...

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Photographer puts spotlight on dark deer

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A rare dark-colored mule deer was documented recently in photo on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area as the doe fed with three normal-colored deer, including a buck in the rut. Wildlife biologists say the deer appears to have an unusually high occurrence of...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013


Kayaker found dead on Palouse River

PADDLING -- A kayaker's body was recovered this morning from the Palouse River, according to the following statement released this afternoon by the Whitman County Sheriff. Alison Webb, 54, who was on the Palouse city council, was found dead early Friday morning, her life apparently...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 2013

A  bald  eagle glides above Lake Coeur d'Alene and scans for kokanee salmon Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. The gathering of migrating  eagles peaks in mid-December as the birds gather to gorge on spawned out kokanee that are plentiful in the lake's Wolf Lodge Bay Most of the migrating birds are gone by early January, heading to wintering ranges in southern states and even as far as Mexico. JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Bald eagles still not showing up at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual gathering of bald eagles in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene is lagging. The eagles provide a popular wildlife-viewing attraction as the birds are lured to the northeast corner of the lake from mid-November into January to...

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