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Paddling the Pend Oreille River

Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club members learned about wildlife, habitat restoration and Native American heritage as they paddled the Pend Oreille River with representatives from the Kalispel Tribe and Pend Oreille County PUD. For example, the river pilings that once held logs for mills along the river have become important perching and nesting sites for ospreys -- and in recent years, cormorants. Tribal biologists have counted 32 osprey nests on the pilings between Newport, Wash., and Box Canyon Dam while coromorants have claimed up to 152 piling nest sites. More isolated nest sites have been established to help ospreys hold their own among the invaders that come in from coastal waters. Check out the photos Outdoors editor Rich Landers captured during the day-long paddle trip.