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Out & About: Weather change shifts birds into another gear

Sun., March 9, 2014

Weather change energizes birds

OUTFIELD – Thursday’s sunshine, capping a week of weather extremes, brought on an epidemic of avian spring fever. Love was in the air.

Wild turkey gobblers that had been saving their energy during the storms suddenly were fanning feathers and kicking their mating season into gear.

Anglers reported skeins of migrating tundra swans flying north over Eloika Lake.

Mount Spokane foothills birders saw their first bluebirds of the season.

“We could sure tell the difference going outside this morning up here,” said Melissa Rose in Ferry County. “While there had been very little bird sounds or activity all winter, this morning we experienced a riot of both!”

Festival greets tundra swans

OUTSEE – The 2014 Tundra Swan Festival is set for March 22 in the Pend Oreille River Valley.

Bus tours hosted by the Kalispell Tribe will go to Calispell Lake to view hundreds of swans resting in the area’s open waters in their spring migration.

Participants will re-gather at the Camas Wellness Center in Usk for lunch and a presentation on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Cost: $10 or $5 for kids under 13.

Sign up by Friday,

Go 24 Hours at Schweitzer

OUTPACE – Soloists and teams on skis and snowboards will be riding the lifts through the night on March 21-22 for the annual 24 Hours of Schweitzer. The fundraiser benefits cystinosis research: 24hoursof

UI course goes wild

OUTWRITE – Enrollment is open for the University of Idaho semester of living, learning and writing in Idaho’s Salmon River country through the Semester in the Wild,

What better way for a college writer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act?

Outdoor programs

BIRDING – Turnbull Wildlife Refuge, 23 years of bird monitoring, by Mike Rule, refuge biologist, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at Riverview Retirement Community, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave., for Spokane Audubon.

FISHING – Walleye Fishing, program by Greg Koch and Tim Bohr, Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at Mark’s Marine, 14355 N. Government Way in Hayden. Info: (208) 772-9038.

HIKING – Backpacking Basics, staffers discuss choosing a pack and other gear, Thursday, 7 p.m. at REI, 1125 N. Monroe.

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