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THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2017

SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7, 2017

THURSDAY, AUG. 31, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

Burrowing owl chicks near Moses Lake. (Craig Goodwin)

Video: Burrowing owl chicks in formation

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Having raised children and puppies, I can't help but be astonished every year at the discipline born in young wild creatures. Fawns instinctively fold into motionless mats on the ground after feeding and stay put for hours until mother returns. Coyote pups...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

Wild turkeys make themselves at home on the South Hill. (Rich Landers)

South Hill turkeys at home in the 'hood

WILDLIFE -- Heading into their breeding season, wild turkeys are going to be notably conspicuous in South Hill neighborhoods well into May. Expect traffic slowdowns as toms strut in the streets and chase off contenders for the affections of nearby hens. You could be considered...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Bald eagles tussle in the air for control of a kokanee one had snagged from the water with its talons in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Carlene Hardt)

Bald eagles tussle for food in season of plenty

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Despite a 20-year high number of kokanee spawning in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene, bald eagles still occasionally battle for their share. Photographer Carlene Hardt ventured out in the cold weather on New Years eve and captured images...

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Snow geese at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in California. (Barbara Rich)

Birding festivals abound across the country in 2017

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bird festivals bring experts and fledgling birders together at national wildlife refuges throughout the year and from coast to coast. National wildlife refuges often are festival sites because so many are located along the country’s key migratory bird routes. Many festivals coincide...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

Hungarian partridge plump in in bitter-cold December temperatures in Montana. (Jaimie Johnson)

Birds fluff up and take winter cold in stride

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- For being light a fragile, birds are incredible at surviving cold that drives humans indoors. Birds are warm blooded, which means their bodies maintain a constant temperature, often around 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Since they can't just throw a log on the fire,...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016

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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.