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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015

The endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon.  (Randy Wilder / Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Kootenai River white sturgeon film debuts

FISHERIES -- A documentary film about the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon is debuting next week at screenings from Helena to Coeur d'Alene. The sturgeon, an ancient fish species, has been imperiled by operations of Libby Dam. From the filmmakers: Ten thousand years ago Kootenai...

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This trail cam photo showing two gray wolves near an elk carcass enabled Washington wildlife officials to confirm the Wenatchee Pack. The camera was put out by hunting guide Stuart Hurd in March 2013.

Wolf bills still lurking Washington Legislature 80 

WILDLIFE -- Several of the wolf-related bills introduced in the 2015 Washington Legislature are still alive. Here's an update from the Wenatchee World: OLYMPIA -- State lawmakers in both the house and senate passed bills dealing with wolves that are sponsored by Republicans from northeastern...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015


FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. (Andy Davidhazy)

Video captures 2,600-mile hike of PCT in 4 minutes

TRAILS -- Andy Davidhazy hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 and 2014 and snapped a selfie every mile to document the route. He's compiled the images into a four-minute time-lapse video (below) that flies viewers ground-level from Mexico through Callifornia, Oregon and Washington...

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The reservoir behind Mill Pond Dam on Sullivan Creek during summer of 2011.  (Rich Landers)

Colville Forest closes Mill Pond site temporarily

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Colville National Forest is temporarily closing the Sullivan Lake area's Mill Pond Historic site at trails to public access while contractors are in the area with heavy equipment. Seattle City Light is setting up drilling equipment and doing core samples for...

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The Spokesman-Review Steelhead and salmon make their way up the Snake River through the viewing window at Lower Granite Dam. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

East Side meetings tackle 2015 salmon seasons

FISHING -- Eastern Washington anglers have a chance to get details about salmon fishing season setting at two public meetings next week. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled meetings starting at 6 a.m.: Tuesday, March 24, in Clarkston at Walla Walla Community...

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Bears leaving dens early; precautions advised

WILDLIFE -- Bears are on the move early this year, lured from their winter dens by unseasonably warm weather. Bear activity has been reported in recent weeks from the Washington Coast east to Yellowstone National Park. "Black bears usually start making appearances in mid-to-late April,...

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The dismal snow pack in the Sierra visible southwest of Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, had forecasters predicting a fourth consecutive year of drought and prompted Nevada Department of Wildlife officials to release thousands of hatchery trout into the Truckee River in Reno a month earlier than usual as highs approached 70 degrees.  (Associated Press)

Lowest snowpack on record in Cascades 

RIVERS -- Looking at Mount Spokane from town yesterday, I realized I've skinned up and skied to the top of the mountain and down in the past with more snow to work with on Memorial Day weekend. The snowpack situation is grim throughout the region,...

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Feeding on field mice: A red-tailed hawk sits in a tree along Trent Avenue near Evergreen Road and scans for its next meal.

 (Jesse Tinsley)

Birds of prey class Saturday at Sandpoint

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- North Idaho College at Sandpoint is offering a “Birds of Prey” class taught by ornithologist and author Brian Baxter on Saturday, March 14. The class starts at 9 a.m. with a short review in the classroom on families, distinguishing characteristics and birding...

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Idaho reauthorizes fund to control wolves 

PREDATORS — Idaho lawmakers have approved spending $400,000 to control wolves where they threaten livestock, pets or public resources. The Spokesman-Review's Betsy Russell reports that the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved the money Tuesday for the Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board. The vote maintains the operating...

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Scablands fishing: no ticks detected, yet 

FISHING -- Had a great time of fly fishing, game-bird finding, otter watching and trout spawning observation Tuesday at Scablands Creek. No ticks detected, yet. Can that be true? Is it possible? Tip to fly fishers this week: Don't bother getting up early. Cloud cover...

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

Othello gears up for Sandhill Crane Festival

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The headline attraction at the annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival has already arrived for the March 27-29 series of programs, field trips and banquets based out of Othello, Wash. Founded in 1998, the festival highlights the spring return of migrating sandhill cranes...

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Tundra swans take flight from Calispell Lake near Usk, Wash. Each year, thousands of swans stop at the lake while they migrate north. 
 (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Tundra Swan Festival March 21 based from Usk

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The 2015 Tundra Swan Festival is set for March 21 in the Pend Oreille River Valley and the main attraction is already flocking in. Bus tours hosted by the Kalispel Tribe's Natural Resources staff are planned to Calispell Lake to view some...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.





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