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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

Ilah Hickman, 14, poses for a photo with a young Idaho giant salamander at the state Capitol in Boise on Monday. Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections, have rejected the eighth-grader’s request that it be named the state amphibian. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Salamander spotlights ignorance of Idaho lawmakers 

WILDLIFE -- Usually it's not earth-shaking stuff when school kids approach a legislative body with a campaign to name an official state something-or-other. But Monday's House State Affairs Committee hearing in Boise on a 14-year-old girl's request to name the Idaho giant salamander as the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

A boreal chorus frog calling. (Jaime Johnson)

Chorus frogs are nature's windbags

WILDLIFE -- The ponds at the Dishman Hills Natural Area are easy to find this time of year, since hikers can often hear them long before they see them. Chorus frogs are in full song. Outdoor photographers Jaime and Lisa Johnson had a similar experience...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.