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WINTER SPORTS — Learn to ski with dog power in a skijoring clinic Sunday (Jan. 27), 2 p.m., at Mount Spokane State Park.
The Mt. Spokane Skijor Group will teach basic skills and etiquette for the trails that are open to skijorers at designated times twice a week.
Cost: $10, due by Thursday (Jan. 24).
Preregister: Diana Roberts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509)570-8242.
PADDLEBOARDING — Feeling like you pushed your limits last weekend during a weekend warrior outdoor pursuit? How about this?
Connor Baxter, 17, raises his paddle in the photo above after finishing first in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship in Honolulu on Sunday.
The 17-year-old from Maui defended his title in a 32-mile paddleboard race across the Molokai channel.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge biologists will present a program and an lead evening walk on Wednesday (July 18) to highlight bats, the important critters of the night skies.
“Bats of the World and the Channeled Scablands” starts at 7:30 p.m. at the refuge headquarters south of Cheney.
The talk will be followed by a walk on which special sound detectors will be demonstrated and a few bats may be caught for identification and examination.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, a sweater or jacket, and bring a flashlight.
A donation of $5 to the Friends of Turnbull is suggested.
Info: Louise OLeary 235-4531 or email@example.com
FALCONRY – Montana’s first nonresident falconry collection season has opened through March 31 when falconers can collect chicks from the nest. But the number of participants is strictly limited.
Montana approved the nonresident capture provision because some Montana falconers wanted reciprocity with other states.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks allows only one nonresident permit to collect a young falcon. Up to an additional five in-state licensed falconers are allowed to capture chicks.
Jay Sumner of the Montana Peregrine Institute says most falconers add to their flock by going to breeders of captive birds that have more popular varieties than the native Montana peregrines.
The state has about 90 licensed falconers, but only 40 actively fly birds.
YOUNG WILDLIFE — Does have been dropping fawns throughout the region. Unfortunately, people are picking some of them up.
The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council reports that several people already have called the office asking what they should do with the fawns they found alone in the wild.
The answer in almost all cases: “Leave them in the wild. Don't touch them.”
An exception might be when you see fawns with a doe that's been killed in a vehicle collision, said Idaho Fish and Game Department spokesman Phil Cooper.
“In nearly all other cases, the adult female is nearby, watching and waiting to move her offspring to a more secluded place once she is aware the newborn has been found,” he said. “With very few exceptions, wild animal mothers do not aggressively defend their young from being picked up by people.”
Volunteer wildlife rehabilitators can attempt to raise the animal and place it back in the wild, but this option often fails.
“If you come across a young fawn lying in tall grass, take a wide berth,” Cooper said. “Stopping for a moment to take a few photos is fine, but do not pick up the fawn. The doe that produced the fawn left it in the tall grass alone as a strategy to protect it from predators. If the doe stayed with the fawn, her visibility and scent would quickly let predators know where the fawn is. If the doe is spotted and chased by predators, the young fawn would not be able to keep up and would likely become food for the predator.
“Fawns that are picked up and taken from the wild can be returned to the wild provided the return takes place within a few hours. If this is done and the doe is still in the area, she will return to the fawn and move it to a safer place. She will not abandon the fawn due to human scent, something that is a common misperception.”
TRAILS — For the first time in its 33 year history, the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is hiring a new executive director to lead a group that's developed one of the nation's top cross-country and cycling trail systems and associated events and programs.
The job is being vacated by Jay Lucas, who's ruddered the organization for three decades.
Based in Winthrop, the northcentral Washington group is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting environmentally sound recreation on or near the trails in the Methow Valley. The MVSTA trail system includes more than 120 miles of cross country ski trails in the winter months, and is recognized as one of the finest trail systems in North America for nordic skiing, mountain biking, trail running and hiking.
Compensation: $45,000 to $60,000 with benefits. Application deadline: July 15.
Read on for details.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Tim O'Brien of Cheney devoted this morning to a hiking and driving birding forayMount Spokane. While we all enjoy seeing and hearing birds when we head to the state park, it's fascinating to see the detail and diversity trained eyes and ears pick out of the forest and meadows.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — While millions of people a day are tuning in on a web cam featuring a growing bald eagle family in Iowa, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's website allows viewers to click on any of 10 WildWatch Cams set up to view a variety of species.
Among them are bald eagles — that are just about ready to hatch — barn owls, burrowing owls, great blue herons, osprey, bluebirds, big brown bats and even a seal cam.
Read on for status reports on the WildWatchCams from Chuck Gibilisco, WDFW’s Watchable Wildlife specialist, who points out that 95 percent of the funding for these wildlife observation cameras comes from partners outside the state agency.
RIVER RUNNING — At 8 a.m. this morning, a large snag was stuck in the left slot in the Spokane River's notorious Devil's Toenail near the Spokane Rifle Club.
“Scout from the road (Aubrey White Parkway),” one rafter said in a whitewter list serve. “Nasty.”
HUNTING — The Idaho Fish and Game Department has just posted its big-game hunting season proposals for the Panhandle region, based on biologists surveys and adjustments after taking comment from hunters at recent public meetings.
The proposals that will go the the Fish and Wildlife Commission for approval are:
Hunters were in high agreement to most of the original proposals, but about equally divided on whether or not to hunt cow elk in the St. Joe country, hense the compropmise on unit 6.
Read on for the detailed explaination by Jim Hayden, Idaho Fish and Game's regional wildlife manager.
PUBLIC LANDS — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to scale back costly roundups of wild horses.
In a news release issued Thursday, BLM officials said they will reduce the number of wild horses removed from the range by about one-quarter — to 7,600 per year. The agency also will expand the use of fertility controls and increase the number of animals adopted by individuals or groups. The bureau continues to oppose horse slaughter, which some in the West have advocated as a way to thin herds.
Other groups have called the past roundups inhumane.
The BLM can't win on this issue. But it's clear the land and wildlife habitat is losing the battle where wild horse herds have grown too large.
The new approach comes a week after the House approved an amendment to cut the agency’s budget by $2 million to protest the roundups. The program’s annual cost has tripled over the past decade to $66 million. Annual costs are expected to reach at least $85 million by 2012.
More than 38,000 wild horses and burros roam in Nevada, California, Wyoming and other Western states. An additional 40,000 animals are cared for in corrals and pastures in Kansas, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
An analysis of the public’s comments and a detailed proposed implementation strategy will be posted at www.blm.gov on Feb. 28. Public comments will be accepted through March 30 by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Comments on Strategy” in the subject line.
PUBLIC LANDS –A plan to open more roads at the south end of the Colville National Forest to off-road vehicles is months behind its original schedule as forest staff tries to comply with environmental regulations.
The plan, expected to be released for public comment last fall may not be ready for release until June, said Nancy Glines, forest planner.
“As we worked through we came to the requirement for an environmental analysis on (vehicle) emissions,” she said. “That’s where we are.”
Postponing approval leaves dirt-bike riders and ATVers with fewer roads to ride this season and curtails efforts to build connector trails to roads approved for their use.
On the other hand, the plan also proposes reducing the areas where OHVers are allowed to camp with their vehicles.
WILDLIFE WATCHING — Bald eagles are dispersing from their annual gathering to feast on kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene, but they're not gone by any means.
Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, just returned from her weekly survey of the the lake's Wolf Lodge Bay region. She said she tallied 64 bald eagles — 56 adults and 8 immature.
The count during this week last year was 46 total — 38 adults and 8 immature.
On Jan. 7, 2011, the count was 128 total, including 95 adult and 33 immature eagles. The 2010 count for the same week was 72 eagles — 66 adults and 6 immature, Hugo said
This season's peak was a whopping record count of 254 on Dec. 23.