Film: fascinating insight on obstacles to migration

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Last week, Wyoming researchers released their report on the longest mule deer migration in the world, which was happening virtually unrealized for who knows how long. This amazing short video, using remote camera photography, illustrates the man-made obstacles these mule deer must...

MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Bird migrations kicking into gear

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The spring bird migration often subtly comes to our attention. Other times, it's obvious even to the casual observer. Here's a head's up from the weekend by birder Terry Gray in the Palouse: Today in east Moscow there were many American Robins...

THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

Migrations Part 3: Birds can’t fly away from habitat issues

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Yesterday, in the Idaho Fish and Game Department's 75th anniversary series of "reminders" on wildlife topics, I featured the second of a three-part post on migrations -- Part 2: Fish. The first installment was on Tuesday, Part 1: Roadkill and how the...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Migrations Part 2: Fish can’t always go with flow

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Yesterday, in the Idaho Fish and Game Department's 75th anniversary series of "reminders" on wildlife topics, I featured the first of a three-part post on migrations -- Part 1:Mammals. Today, we look at Part 2: Fish. Mammals do it. Birds and fish...

TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013

Migrations Part 1: Roadkill pegs critter movements

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Migrations are the topic of this week's wildlife story series Idaho Fish and Game is presenting online during the department's 75th anniversary observance. In Part 1 of the three-part post of "reminders" on migrations, the department notes that mammal movements can be...

TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013

Osprey lands prize catch

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Ospreys will be leaving this fall on their lengthy migrations to other parts of the world for winter. But their athleticism shouldn't escape us while they're here in their nesting territory. Look at the size of the lunker -- apparently a sucker...


Swan deaths: annual spring disgrace continues along CdA River

ENVIRONMENT – I received the following email from a reader this morning: Last Sunday my wife and I were riding our bikes on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's between Rose Lake and Harrison. Along the way, we saw what appeared to be a significant...

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

Clouds of snow geese darken skies in Montana

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- More than 50,000 snow geese have been resting at Freezeout Lake near Great Falls, Mont., on their annual spring migration. Snow geese are the only waterfowl I know of that are hunted during spring migrations as part of an effort by the...


Migrating waterfowl making a buzz at Turnbull

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Migrating waterfowl are providing plenty of noise and action for birdwatchers visiting Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this week. Here's today's report from Mike Rule, refuge wildlife biologist: For the past week there have been over 100 white swans on Turnbull National Wildlife...

THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Ospreys don’t stop fishing after leaving for winter

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- While bald eagles have move into the Lake Coeur d'Alene area for a winter feast of kokanee, the ospreys that put on a fishing show all summer long in the area left the area by early November and are migrating to warmer...

MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

Festivals celebrate monarch butterflies fall migration

NATURE -- If you're looking for a different sort of fall vacation, consider focusing on one of five national wildlife refuge hot spots for the Eastern population during the fall migration of monarch butterflies. Every fall, monarch butterflies fly thousands of miles from as far...

MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

Where’s the love after birds fledge from nests?

BIRD WATCHING -- Bill Bender of Spokane treated his Facebook friends this summer to a 22-day photo documentary of the hatching and fledging of two hummingbird chicks. They were hatched in a nest built on a wind chime on the deck of his South Side...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

Report: many western species need room to roam

WILDLIFE -- A conservation group is putting a Spotlight on wildlife migrations. Wildlife Conservation Society report tracks migration routes in the West In its new report, "Spectacular Migrations in the Western U.S.," (pdf) the Wildlife Conservation Society discusses the importance of maintaining ecologically intact corridors...

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