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May 14, 2010 in Outdoors
Rich Landers photo

Chuck Huber and a group of Spokane Mountaineers enjoyed an after-work hike through the Slavin Conservation Area south of Spokane on Wednesday.

Rich Landers photo

A killdeer settles on its four eggs surrounded by horse manure in the gravel parking lot of the Slavin Conservation Area.

Rich Landers photo

Camas was among the many wildflowers blooming this week in the Slavin Conservation Area.

Rich Landers photo

This is what the Slavin Conservation Area looked like in November, after the grash had grown tall and turned brown heading into winter. Chris Bonsignore, wetlands biologist for Ducks Unlimited, was leading a group through a DU engineered wetlands restoration project on the Slavin Conservation Area, one of more than 20 areas secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program.

Rich Landers photo

Many species of waterfowl were feeding and rearing their young on the wetlands Ducks Unlimited has restored on the former pasture land at the Slavin Conservation Area.

Rich Landers photo

The Slavin Conservation area, like many of the areas preserved by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program, are close to Spokane, enabling visitors such as these Spokane Mountaineers, to make quick visits even on weekday evenings after work.