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WATER SPORTS – A program to create an environment of healthy adventure for healing active duty and veteran service members through paddle sports will be introduced in Spokane on Monday, Jan. 28.
The Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club is teaming with Team River Runner, a national non-profit group, to open canoeing and kayaking opportunities for disabled vets, said Celene Olgeirsson, SCKC spokeswoman.
The program starts at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear Corporate Office, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave., in Spokane Valley.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — The bald eagles didn't disappoint the two boat cruises full of dedicated veterans and active military and their families out on Lake Coeur d'Alene on Saturday.
Continue reading for the story from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
HUNTING — Giving up the chance to apply for big-game hunting permits is one of the many sacrifices military personnel make for their service.
Oregon is trying to change that.
Oregon soldiers like U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. James Nash can't plan a trip home to hunt because the randomness of their leave schedules mean they can't apply in advance for most big-game tags, says Mark Freeman, outdoor writer for the Medford Mail Tribune.
But starting this year, they'll have a chance to hit the woods should they find themselves visiting home in the fall, thanks to Nash.
“After a year's prodding from Nash and his father, Enterprise rancher Todd Nash, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has created a new program that allows Oregon service men and women the ability to get controlled deer and elk tags over the counter should they find themselves home during hunting season,” Freeman writes.
Call it the Nash Rule, and it's likely the first program of its kind in the nation to grant exceptions for deployed soldiers on leave.
Read on for the rest of Freeman's story.
WILDLIFE WATCHING – The annual gathering of bald eagles that feast on spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting off to a slow start.
The eagle count at Wolf Lodge Bay is down by 70 percent from last year at this time, said Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist.
Hugo made the first weekly survey of the season on Tuesday and counted only 12 bald eagles compared with 42 counted on the same day last year.
“It could be the storm we just had,” she said. “We’ll be out on the lake Saturday for the special eagle boat cruise for veterans, so we’ll see if the changing weather makes a difference.”
She also points out that 2010 was a record year for the migration: 254 eagles were counted in the bay during the BLM survey on Dec. 21.
The eagles traditionally start gathering in mid November, peaking in numbers during December before the birds start moving on as the fish spawning ends in January.
WILDLIFE WATCHING – Veterans and active military are being honored with a special eagle-watching cruise set for Nov. 26 on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
The free two-hour partyboat cruise to view the annual congregation of bald eagles is organized by the U.S Bureau of Land Management and Idaho Fish and Game.
Participants are invited along with their immediate families must make reservations by calling (208) 769-5043. Seating is limited to 160.
Migrating eagles visit the Coeur d’Alene area in winter to take advantage of the kokanee spawning in Wolf Lodge Bay.
The eagles already are starting to show up and numbers will build to a peak in December before the birds start moving on the spawning ends in January.
Last winter, a record 254 eagles were counted in the bay by BLM biologists on Dec. 21.