Outdoors

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

34 bald eagles counted at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 34 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene. That's up from 18 eagles counted last week during her weekly survey. Two weeks ago she counted only...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

Global warming likely to dramatically affect birds

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles and loons will take a big hit while blue jays are among the species that could prosper as the earth's climate heats up. But overall, the outlook is grim. Half of all bird species in North America — including the...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014

Photo: Nighthawk takes a break

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- As many times as I've seen common nighthawks swooping and scooping bugs out of the sky with their distinctive staccato chirps, I've never seen one resting on the ground. Check this instructive photo from Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson. "We often times...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

Photos: birder focused on pileated woodpeckers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birder/photographer Ron Dexter has made sure improvements to his property in the foothills of Mount Spokane haven't spoiled the neighborhood for some of his most colorful neighbors. In posting these photos, Dexter said: A pair of pileated woodpeckers has nested in a...

THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

Birders count 82 species at Little Pend Oreille Refuge

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating its 75th anniversary with various activities to help introduce the public to an area that's been wildly upgraded in recent years. This is a great time to visit the refuge. See upcoming events,...

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

CdA osprey-watching boat cruise July 12

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual osprey viewing and banding boat cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene is set for July 12, the Idaho Fish and Game Department just announced. If you want to go on this popular wildlife educational activity, sign up quick. Last year it...


Hiker documents growth of red-tailed hawk chick

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- While hiking on a U.S. Bureau of Land Management area south of Sprague in May, Pat Killien discovered a red-tailed hawk nest perched in a 30 foot basalt wall. "I could look down from above or below and be within 15 feet...

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014

Get kids ready for Great American Backyard Campout

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Gather the kids, make a plan for exploring the "jungles" around the house and pitching a tent in the backyard and join the group across the country on June 28 for the Great American Backyard Campout. The annual promoted by the National...

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Western tanager lights up a gloomy day

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "It was 37 degrees and raining at our home this morning," reports Western Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson, without a hint of complaint. " The best part of rainy June days is that the Western tanagers show up in force! I lost...

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014

Missing pet pigeon flies to school of young owner

CRITTER WATCH -- Here's my favorite birding story of the day, courtesy of the Associated Press in Montana: Everyone has heard of homing pigeons, but Montana fifth-grader Tara Atkins apparently has a “schooling pigeon.” The pet bird named Foresta had disappeared Tuesday from Tara’s home...

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

Bird photo: The blues that will brighten your day

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Perhaps only a bluebird could sing the blues on a spring morning like a Lazuli bunting. Thanks for getting our day off on the right note, Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson.

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

Audubon program explores electronic tools for birding

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Though not as essential as binoculars and a scope for birding, computers and other devices are becoming handy to have at home and in the field to enhance birding efforts. The Spokane Audubon Society will explore electronic birding from apps to the...

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

Great horned owlets most vulnerable now

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Great horned owlets are huge-bodied birds for their age, and they don't often make graceful first flights from their nests. Tome Kearney of Spokane snapped a photo of this owlet in his backyard this week as it was fledging. For perspective, each...


Feathers are flying on the grouse prairies

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Dancing and strutting isn't enough for sharp-tailed grouse during the spring mating season that's underway. The males duke it out pretty good to show dominance for breeding the females that are walking around nonchalantly watching the show. Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson...

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

Two-day-old bald eagle chicks active in nest

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "I love the little wings and the open mouth," says Spokane Valley pastor and photographer Craig Goodwin, back from a North Idaho birding adventure. "The eaglets are two days old." Goodwin says he's found great bird photo situations including great blue herons...

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

Bird thought it was flying into dust storm: Boink!

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- This natural bird art is the best reason I've seen for putting off window washing. Former S-R editor Phil Gruis posted the extraordinary photo, noting that the bird wasn't around so it apparently survived the impact. An artist at work.

MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014

Live raptors featured in Audubon program Tuesday

WILDLIFE – Raptor expert Kate Davis of Montana-based Raptors of the Rockies, will present a free program on hawks and owls at the Coeur d’Alene Audubon meeting, 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey Rd. in Coeur d’Alene....

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014


Photo: Owls blend into the woodwork

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- You say you've never seen a Western screech owl in the wild? No wonder, says Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson.

Rich Landers

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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. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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