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THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Bald eagles tussle in the air for control of a kokanee one had snagged from the water with its talons in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Carlene Hardt)

Bald eagles tussle for food in season of plenty

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Despite a 20-year high number of kokanee spawning in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene, bald eagles still occasionally battle for their share. Photographer Carlene Hardt ventured out in the cold weather on New Years eve and captured images...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

Hungarian partridge plump in in bitter-cold December temperatures in Montana. (Jaimie Johnson)

Birds fluff up and take winter cold in stride

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- For being light a fragile, birds are incredible at surviving cold that drives humans indoors. Birds are warm blooded, which means their bodies maintain a constant temperature, often around 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Since they can't just throw a log on the fire,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

A 13-inch-long hair-loaded scat -- apparently from a coyote -- was found the first weekend of April at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. (Tina Wynecoop)

Photo explains smile on coyote's face 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Holy crap! While shed hunters are combing the woods for huge discarded antlers this spring, Tina Wynecoop scored spotted this trophy scat at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. I'd compare this animal's effort to holding breath underwater for three minutes or Pavarotti belting...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015

TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015

A blue jay is attracted by peanuts at a feeder in northwest Spokane. Up through the 1990s, blue jays were considered very rare east of the Rocky Mountains. But the birds have been expanding their range and settling into the Inland Northwest. Coeur d'Alene Auduboners have documented nesting jays in their area and even hybrids from interbreeding between blue jays and native Steller's jays. (Tom Munson)

Join the crowd to count backyard birds

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birders are signing up to contribute 15 minutes of their favorite hobby to science. The Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb.13-16, involves birders of all levels of experience to count the number of birds they see in a 15-minute period and enter their...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

A bald eagle flies over Lake Pend Oreille in search of food.

Eagles still lingering at Wolf Lodge Bay

WILDLIFE WATCHING --Bald eagles at Lake Coeur d’Alene for their annual gathering to feed on spawning kokanee are dispersing, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist says. Carrie Hugo, who has surveyed eagles in Wolf Lodge Bay almost weekly since early November, counted 28...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

A male downy woodpecker, left, and a black-capped chickadee share a bird feeder.

Winter tips for feeding birds 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Feeding wild birds is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. While a handout can help birds find the calories needed to survive the winter, improper feeding can spread disease or increase birds' exposure to predators. the Idaho Department...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2015

Soaring high: A bald eagle wheels patiently high above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday during the annual gathering of eagles in December to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. Though fewer in number than in other years, several birds were feeding Friday near Higgens Point on Wolf Lodge Bay with others stationed around Beauty Bay. (Jesse Tinsley)

Bald eagles still hanging out at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Today's weekly winter survey of Lake Coeur d'Alene bald eagles -- possibly the last of the season -- tallied 93 eagles at Wolf Lodge Bay feasting on spawning kokanee. U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo counted 87 adults, 5...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

A multi-exposure image by Spokane pastor-photographer Craig Goodwin illustrates the sequence of a bald eagle snatching a spawning kokanee this week from the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Craig Goodwin)

CdA bald eagle count nearly doubles in a week 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The number of bald eagles has nearly doubled since last week for their annual gathering to feast on kokanee spawning in the northeastern corner of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 66 bald eagles Tuesday...

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MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014


Moose populations continue to grow in Washington, Idaho. 
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho trophy species rule proposals revealed

HUNTING -- An increase in Idaho Panhandle moose hunting opportunity and other proposals for next year's trophy big-game seasons will be presented at an open house meeting, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Panhandle Region Office,...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

Soaring high: A bald eagle wheels patiently high above Lake Coeur d’Alene on Friday during the annual gathering of eagles in December to feast on spawned-out kokanee salmon. Though fewer in number than in other years, several birds were feeding Friday near Higgens Point on Wolf Lodge Bay with others stationed around Beauty Bay. (Jesse Tinsley)

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...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

A reader submitted this photo of a bald eagle snatching a Lake CdA kokanee to the S-R eagle web page.

Four bald eagles show up at lake CdA, so far

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Four bald eagles were counted today at Lake Coeur d'Alene in the weekly fall survey conducted during the annual fall-winter congregation at the northeast corner of the lake. That's up from zero birds counted last Wednesday by U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

The winter gathering of migrating bald eagles peaks in mid-December at Lake Coeur d’Alene. (File)

Bald eagles slow to show at Lake CdA 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual winter congregation of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene has not yet started, according to biologists who surveyed the north end of the lake on Wednesday. For decades, the eagles have provided a popular wildlife-viewing attraction as the birds are...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014

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