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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2016

MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2016

Ammon Bundy, center, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, arrives for a news conference with supporters at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Friday, near Burns, Ore. Bundy the leader of a small, armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon says the activists have no immediate plans to leave. Bundy spoke to reporters Friday, a day after meeting with a local sheriff who asked the group to go.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sportsmen join outcry to get thugs out of Malheur Refuge 52 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Several sportsman's groups, including the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation partnership have stepped up to call foul on the lawbreakers who seized Malheur National Wildlife Refuge facilities, noting that they are violating the public interest as well as the...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 10, 2016

FRIDAY, JAN. 8, 2016




Vehicles along eastbound Interstate 90 heading up Snoqualmie Pass are stopped in snow and slush during a road closure last winter. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press file)

Snowfall trying to make up for last year in Cascades

SNOQUALMIE PASS – Winter weather is trying to make up for the not-so-cold shoulder it gave the North Cascades last season. Following the snowiest December on record, snow continues to pile up, creating dicey conditions in some areas for backcountry travelers. Temporary closures of Interstate...

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A marsh wren sings his claim to a patch of reeds in Turnbull Wildlife Refuge, getting ready for the spring nesting and mating season.
 
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Photo contest focuses on Turnbull Wildlife Refuge 

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY – Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge has announced a contest seeking photos from amateur photographers showcasing the wildlife and habitats found on the refuge. Photos must be made from Nov. 1, 2015 through Oct. 31, 2016. The winning photo will be featured on the...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 6, 2016

A gray wolf is seen on the run near Blacktail Pond in Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyo. The Obama administration on Friday June 7, 2013, proposed lifting federal protections for gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 states, a move that would end four decades of recovery efforts.  (Yellowstone National Park)

Groups want wolf monitoring extended 5 years 20 

PREDATORS -- Five conservation groups filed a petition Tuesday requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue monitoring northern Rocky Mountains gray wolves for another five years. The existing monitoring program, which is required by the Endangered Species Act after protections are removed for...

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Events planned for 2016 Ski Day on the Ferry Country Rail Trail.

Ferry County Rail Trail beckons nordic skiers

WINTERSPORTS -- The Ferry County Rail Trail is being groomed for the sixth annual Ski Day, featuring free gear to try for cross-country skiing, instructions and other activities. The base of operations will be Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Kiwanis Road Trailhead at the north...

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Nordic skater Marshall Greene warms up on the Mount Spokane cross-country skiing trails. (Rich Landers)

Skinny skiers earn the title!

OUTGOING – Active outdoor winter pursuits have a way of getting people out of the house – and making practitioners hungry. But which activities burn the most calories? The following activities are listed with the number of calories burned per hour. The first number is...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016

Yellowstone bison forage for grass in the snow near an icy Madison River in Montana. (Associated Press)

Feds propose killing up to 900 Yellowstone bison 43 

WILDLIFE -- Even in the vast expanse of Yellowstone National Park, there's not enough room for all the bison, especially in winter when snow drives many of them to lower elevations, across the boundaries and into Montana livestock country. Park managers are planning what's being...

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A grizzly bear is shown near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone Park in 2011. (AP file photo)

Numbers crunched on potential for hunting grizzly bears 

THREATENED SPECIES -- Wildlife managers are taking baby steps toward allowing special hunts for grizzly bears should they be removed from threatened species protections this year. It's not as though humans aren't killing grizzlies even under their protected status. At least 59 grizzlies were killed...

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"I don’t want my children to feel the same sense of failure I did growing up because they’re not good at passing tests," says Ben Fogle, adventurer and conservationist.  Fogle has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, raced across the Antarctic and run across the Sahara desert. A passionate conservationist he works as a broadcaster all over the world. He has written seven books on travel, adventure and the outdoors.
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Give students a real test: send them outdoors

OUTDOORS EDUCATION -- Instead of pumping so much time and money into exams, our schools should focus more on well-being and encouraging children to connect with the natural world. That's the message from Ben Fogle in a piece he wrote for The Guardain. ‘I don’t...

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MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2016



I love huckleberries," says Vickie Sienknecht, who picked this bunch of beauties in August 2014. (Courtesy file photo to SR: Vickie Sienknecht)

Top Landers Outdoors Blog posts in 2015 

OUTDOORS -- The most-viewed post on my Outdoors Blog in 2015 – indeed, the top originally written post by any of the newspaper bloggers -- was an April Fools Day post entitled “Huckleberry picking to be banned in Idaho Panhandle Forests.” For those of you...

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Raccoon tracks in fresh wet snow near downtown Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Learn to read critter tracks in the snow

WINTERSPORTS -- A free program on animal tracks in the snow will be presented by biologist Jenny Taylor at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Avondale Golf Club, 10745 N. Avondale Loop Rd. in Hayden Lake, sponsored by Panhandle Ski and Snowshoe Club. Info: (208)...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 3, 2016

Bohemian waxwing eats dwarf crab apple during winter. (Libby Schreiner)

Birder gets big New Year start on 2016 list  

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Some locals brought in the New Year by snowshoeing, others by braving the frigid Spokane River waters on catarafts. But Tim O'Brien of Cheney continued his tradition of a Jan. 1 birding tour to see how many species he could find. Here's...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 2, 2016

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