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Outdoor transitions: 10 notes about March

Sandhill cranes leave a farm field near Othello during the 13th annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival in 2010. (Jill Stoker / Courtesy)
Sandhill cranes leave a farm field near Othello during the 13th annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival in 2010. (Jill Stoker / Courtesy)

March is an important month for outdoor lovers. Here are 10 things to look forward to.

1.

An early-opening fishing season began Thursday for more than a dozen Eastern Washington lakes in the Columbia Basin plus the impoundments along the Tucannon River and other waters, such as Amber, Downs, Liberty and Medical in Spokane County and Coffeepot in Lincoln County. Ice likely will greet anglers for the beginning of this season on many of the waters.

2.

Powder hounds can find some of the best snow conditions of the season at area resorts.

3.

Increased daylight hours, solidifying snowpack and generally good weather patterns make March prime for backcountry ski treks and other outdoor pursuits.

4.

Avalanche is still a threat in the winter backcountry.

5.

Mosquitoes have not yet emerged.

6.

Hiking trails emerge from melting snow, especially in the Columbia Basin and Hells Canyon and other lowland hot spots, including Riverside State Park.

7.

Bicycling conditions improve, but beware of traction sand and winter grit remaining on roads, especially when cornering at intersections.

8.

Deadlines coming up to apply for summer backcountry permits to choice areas such as Glacier National Park, Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail and the Enchantment Lakes area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

9.

The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show makes its annual appearance at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, March 15-18.

10.

Wildlife begins to shift from winter survival mode to the season of reproduction as wolves and coyotes den, bald eagles and great horned owls nest, tundra swans and other waterfowl begin their migrations. The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, March 23-25, is one of the best ways to learn and celebrate this wildlife season.


 
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