October 25, 2009 in Outdoors

Out & About

Photo by Bob Griffith photo

This common yellowthroat photo is featured on the Spokane Audubon Society’s 2010 calendar. Photo by Bob Griffith
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Local birds grace calendar

The Spokane Audubon Society has a wealth of knowledge about birds that frequent this area, and the club also includes photographers with generous ability to capture their images.

The club is sharing the wealth in a 2010 Birds of Eastern Washington calendar.

Featured birds are the common yellowthroat, pygmy owl, Virginia rail, great blue heron, osprey, white pelicans, Calliope hummingbird, Western tanager, red-eyed vireo, wood duck, American bittern, American avocet, gray catbird and bald eagle.

The calendar is available for $10 at the club meetings or its info-rich Web site, www.spokaneaudubon.org.

Good walk nearly spoiled

Coeur d’Alene-area hikers Jackie Beery and Keith Knight aren’t necessarily purring about their walk to explore an overgrown, decommissioned Coeur d’Alene National Forest road near Wolf Lodge Saddle.

“We walked over a mile and started through some thick vegetation when right in our path was a recently killed young elk,” Jackie said. “We immediately turned around and started back to the truck.

“After a few minutes Keith said, ‘Stop!’ and looked over his shoulder. A huge cougar was following us down the road!

“We raised our arms and walked slowly backward. After perhaps five minutes, much to our relief, the cougar ran back toward its kill.

“We kept going backward toward the truck. Then, to our horror, the cougar came rushing toward us – stopping closer. This sequence was repeated five times.

“Keith had bear spray and used it the fourth time the cougar rushed us. The cat was almost out of reach but got a whiff and left. However, the cougar came rushing back the fifth time and was very close – close enough for Keith to use the bear spray right in its face. This time the cat jumped into the bushes at the side of the road.

“We made it to the truck, worried all the time that it would ambush us from the side.

“What amazes me is we are not small people. I am 5-feet, 10-inches and Keith is over 6 feet tall. I’m so thankful I was not alone.”

OHV hunter tips

OUTGOING – Idaho has filed YouTube video to help educate hunters and other who use off-road vehicles regarding etiquette and where they can ride legally.

Check it out: http://tiny.cc/ORVvideo.

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