Outdoors

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2014


Waterfowlers should be on watch for avian flu

HUNTING -- Although it's mainly a West Side issue at this point, all Washington waterfowlers should be on avian influenza alert after two birds have been documented with the disease this month. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public's help...

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

Passage of Duck Stamp fee increase applauded by sportsmen

WETLANDS CONSERVATION -- A bill that would increase the price of a federal Duck Stamp is headed for President Obama's desk -- to the applause of organized sportsmen and conservation groups. A bipartisan bill that would raise the price of a Duck Stamp from $15...

TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

Idaho sets waterfowl hunting seasons

HUNTING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved waterfowl hunting seasons and limits for 2014-2015. The upcoming season should be productive as waterfowl populations are thriving in North America, Idaho wildlife managers confirm. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes frameworks for season...

MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

Apply by Friday for Turnbull Refuge youth waterfowl hunts

WATERFOWLING -- Youths up to age 16 who've passed their hunter education requirements have until Friday, Aug. 15, to enter a drawing for a blind in the 2014 Youth Waterfowl Hunt at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will open...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2014

Proposal: Give tribe control of National Bison Range

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Changes could be in store for one of the region's top wildlife-watching and wildlife photography areas as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to return the bulk of the management of the National Bison Range in Montana to the Confederated...

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Floods, Flowers, Feathers festival at Turnbull Refuge May 31

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A windfall of local nature expertise is converging at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on May 31 to give programs and lead tours on everything from bugs to wildflowers. This is the perfect antedote for nature deficit syndrome or simply for filling gaps...

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014

Volunteers invited to Turnbull Refuge planting party

PUBLIC LANDS -- Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and Spokane Audubon Society will host a community work party 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 10. This is part of an ongoing community effort to restore native riparian habitat to benefit birds and other wildlife species. Hundreds of...

THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014

Wildlife refuge cameras catch cats in the act of poaching

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A Florida research project on endangered species in the hammocks of North Key Largo uncovered an unwanted cast of video stars: Cats perched atop man-made woodrat nests. "The cats are doing the things that cats do when they hunt," Jeremy Dixon, manager...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014

13 trumpeter swans scoping open water at Turnbull Refuge

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- For 22 years through 2009, only one trumpeter swan reliably returned to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge each winter or spring -- whenever enough open water was exposed by ice thawing at the headquarters-area ponds. Now the legacy of Solo, the lone male...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6, 2013

Turnbull trumpeters a splashing autumn sight to behold

UPDATED 11-6-13 at 3:10 p.m. WILDLIFE WATCHING -- This year's crop of trumpeter swans was still putting on a snow last week for visitors to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge headquarters area. For the first time in decades, two pairs pulled of clutches of cygnets this...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2013

Shutdown ends: Lake Roosevelt launches to reopen Thursday

UPDATED 10-17-13 at 9:15 a.m. FISHING -- ŸA deal that ended the federal government shutdown tonight is reopening national wildlife refuges and parks sometime on Thursday. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area boat launches are being reopened after Congress voted to end the shutdown, Superintendent Dan...

FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 2013

Three tips for top fall hiking trails

HIKING -- Fall is a stunning time to walk through the region's wildlands, from the scablands to the national forests. Here are three of my many "favorite" fall walks, all of which are detailed in my latest co-authored guide book, Day Hiking Eastern Washington. 1....

TUESDAY, OCT. 1, 2013

Turnbull Refuge hunters could be shut out by shutdown

HUNTING -- Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge officials are hoping Congress sorts out its issues, passes a budget and reverses the government shutdown that went into effect today. Refuge manager Dan Matiatos told state wildlife officials that if the shutdown continues through the weekend, hunters with...

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

Government shutdown leaves options for outdoors enthusiasts

PUBLIC LANDS -- As the House and Senate continue to battle over a budget compromise, the impact of a potential government shutdown on Washington state would be a pain for some people, but it wouldn't necessarily be earth-shattering to the short-term plans of outdoors enthusiasts....

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

Hunting, fishing options could expand on 26 national wildlife refuges

HUNTING -- The Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge in North Idaho and the Willapa Refuge in Western Washington are among 20 federal refuges that could see hunting opportunities expanded under a proposal released today by Interior Sally Jewell. In addition, six refuges in four states would...

FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013

Photo: Turnbull trumpeters tending to young

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Photographer Carlene Hardt and numerous other wildlife watchers have been watching trumpeter swans at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney as they raise their young that hatched last month. Here's the photo and the note she sent this week after spending...

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013

Two trumpeter swan broods hatch at Turnbull Refuge

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Trumpeter swans are doubling the fun Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this summer with two nesting pairs, each of which has hatched a brood of cygnets in the past week. Just seven years ago, only one trumpeter called Turnbull home. I named him...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

Floods, Flowers, Feathers Festival May 18 at Turnbull Refuge

OUTDOORS – Experts in wildlife, wildflowers and geology will combine their talents for a festival of nature walks, youth activities and educational information on Saturday (May 18) at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The second annual “Floods, Flowers, and Feathers Festival” – completely free, including no...

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

Sandhill Crane Festival set with birds, speakers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Organizers have assembled a collection of field trips and speakers while nature is supplying the wildlife for the 16th annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival. Sign up in advance on the website; many activities fill quickly. Events kick off Friday (April 5) with...

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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