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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2015


Female rufous hummingbird. (Ron Smith)

Bird photographer offers tips on getting the picture

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Professional photographer Ron Smith will give a free presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 14, on tips for photographing birds. The program, sponsored by the Spokane Audubon Society, starts at 7:30 p.m. at Riverview Retirement Community, 2117 E. N. Crescent Ave. Social gathering starts...

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This undated photo released by the Hells Canyon Bighorn Sheep Initiative shows a Bighorn ram and other sheep in Hells Canyon, Idaho.  (File Associated Press)

Hunter bids 100K for Idaho bighorn tag

HUNTING -- Idaho’s bighorn sheep auction tag sold for $100,000 to an online bidder at the national Wild Sheep Foundation Sheep Show in Reno Saturday night -- the fifth-highest winning bid since the program started in 1988. This permit is valid for use in all...

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Ferry County Rail Trail Ski Day attracted 87 participants, many of them trying cross-country skiing for the first time. (J. Foster Fanning)

Ferry County Rail Trail Ski Day a hit 

WINTERSPORTS -- The fifth-annual Ferry County Rail Trail Ski Day was a huge success on Saturday at Curlew with nearly 90 people showing up, many of them taking their first shot at cross-country skiing. The event is sponsored by the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners....

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SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2015



Soaring high: A bald eagle wheels patiently high above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday during the annual gathering of eagles in December to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. Though fewer in number than in other years, several birds were feeding Friday near Higgens Point on Wolf Lodge Bay with others stationed around Beauty Bay. (Jesse Tinsley)

Bald eagles still hanging out at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Today's weekly winter survey of Lake Coeur d'Alene bald eagles -- possibly the last of the season -- tallied 93 eagles at Wolf Lodge Bay feasting on spawning kokanee. U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo counted 87 adults, 5...

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Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter are walking the Pacific Crest Trail in the winter of 2014-15.
 (Courtesy)

Hikers halfway on winter thru-hike of PCT

HIKING -- Shawn Forry if Midpines, Calif., and Justin Lichter of Truckee, Calif., are attempting to be the first to complete a documented thru-hike of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail during winter. Having started in Canada in late October, they're near Lake Tahoe this week,...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2015

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2015


Silver Mountain (Courtesy of Silver Mountain Resort)

Ski areas serve up special special events

WINTERSPORTS -- Inland Northwest ski and snowboard resorts are promoting a delicious slate of events and offers this week: 49 Degrees North: This weekend is an introduction to and celebration of all the winter activities available at 49° North during WinterSportsFest. In conjunction with the...

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Phil Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife director, responds to criticism wolf management and other issues in a Sept. 18 Inside Washington interview.

New Fish-Wildlife director to be named Saturday 

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled on Saturday to select one name from candidates being considered to succeed retiring Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson. The agenda also calls for adopting new sportfishing rules during the meeting set...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

 The crown of a skier-triggered avalanche that happened near Mores Creek Summit Dec. 21. 
 (Boise National Forest)

Avalanche danger rating is high, duh

WINTERSPORTS -- Backcountry basics tell us that heavy snowfall followed by significant warming spells increased avalanche danger for backcountry travelers. The last Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center forecast was Jan. 2, when conditions were relatively stable and the avalanche danger was rated at Level 2. The...

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Cassin's auklet. (Courtesy)

Pacific Coast sea bird die-off puzzles scientists

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Scientists are trying to figure out what’s behind the deaths of seabirds that have been found by the hundreds along the Pacific Coast since October. Mass die-offs of the small, white-bellied gray birds known as Cassin’s auklets have been reported from British...

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Students in the University of Idaho’s first Semester in the Wild program take a class in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. (Associated Press)

Gold mine is knocking on The Frank's door

PUBLIC LANDS -- Debate continues over another collision of two actions of Congress -- the 1972 Mining Act and the 1964 Wilderness Act. There could be a way to keep gold mine out of Idaho wilderness The 1964 Wilderness Act contains a compromise provision that...

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 Micah Smith caught this huge mackinaw while ice fishing at Priest Lake on March 1, 2014. (Tyler Smith)

Ice fishing has anglers walking on water

FISHING -- Although this week's thaw is cause for caution, the recent cold snap paved the way for ice fishing. Anglers should check regulations closely not only for general winter rules and bag restrictions but also for rules that may vary from water to water...

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