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  • Post Falls photographer seizes snowy owl irruption opportunity

    Sandy Milliken proved that wildlife photographers are a hungrier version of the common birdwatcher by going the distance to make pictures of snowy owls. Failing to find the snowies reported …


  • Eagle count at lake swells

    Bald eagles are mobbing Lake Coeur d’Alene in record numbers this week. The annual eagle congregation to feast on spawning kokanee in Wolf Lodge Bay swelled to 259 on Friday, …


  • Area bird watchers up for the Christmas Bird Count

    Inland Northwest birders are among thousands in roughly 2,000 localities across North America and beyond who will be flocking together in the next few weeks for the 112th annual Audubon …


  • Landers: Bald eagles, kokanee show up in big numbers

    Bald eagles and kokanee in North Idaho are bucking the worldwide trend of deficits and declines. Kokanee, those delicious land-locked sockeyes, are spawning in numbers higher than we’ve seen in …


  • Eagle numbers down sharply on Lake Cd’A

    The annual gathering of bald eagles that feast on spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting off to a slow start.


  • Bird lovers delight in jay’s rare appearance

    Chuck Murray discovered a strange bird recently in his Bayview backyard. A western scrub jay showed up Oct. 24 and appears to be settling in for a long stay. Nonmigratory, …


  • Pheasants fit fine in America

    The ring-necked pheasant is an import that’s become as American as apple pie. The bird is prized by birdwatchers, landowners and especially by hunters who have built traditions and industries …


  • Join the group for grounded experiences with wildlife

    A full schedule of area events is evolving this month to help people connect with critters and their habitats. Among the highlights: Learn to Bird workshop series, this week: A …


  • Eagles fall in love, flirt with disaster

    The term “falling in love” is especially appropriate for breeding bald eagles. Although most pairs in this region are nesting by now, their passions were revved up during late winter …


  • Robins rule in annual North American bird count

    Nearly 2 million robins ruled the roost in the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count, outnumbering all other species in the 13th annual tally of North American birds reported by 63,000 …


  • Birds staking claims on prime Turnbull territory

    At the edge of Winslow Pond, Mike Rule identified bird chatter rising from one of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge’s many wetlands. A female mallard quacked garrulously, while red-winged blackbirds vocalized …


  • Out & About

    Spring forest burns boosts wildlife OUTFIELD – Many national forests are announcing they will be conducting “controlled burns” in the next few weeks while forests are just dry enough to …


  • Swans, herons flock to region

    Migrating tundra swans are flocking by the thousands to the Colville and Pend Oreille River valleys.


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    Nature lovers flock to bird festivals


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    Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer


  • Swan brings brood back to Turnbull, quelling fears he was killed

    As he has for possibly more than four decades, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. …


  • Solo the trumpeter swan still alive

    Ending fears that he may have been killed by poachers in Stevens County, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at …


  • Food for naught

    Lurking in the shade, they grip onto branches of the great maple with their tiny brown talons, staring down upon passersby and sending a hungry vibe. They hunch down, pointing …


  • Out & About

    Fly fishers take on steelhead Lewiston fly-tier Leroy Hyatt and Spokane fishing guide Sean Visintainer will present a free program about steelheading on the Clearwater and Grande Ronde rivers Wednesday, …


  • A spouse’s guide to living with a birdwatcher

    I used to be able to dismiss birdwatching as better left to birds. But my life and my wife have changed. The transformation for her was as easy as joining …


  • Live webcams focus on live action of eagles rearing their eaglets

    Internet surfers around the world are flocking to the Hancock Wildlife Foundation Web site to watch live video of a pair of bald eagles rearing their young in a nest …


  • Spring in the air, and in your hair

    Birds, bears, buttercups and ticks – our region’s perennial signs of spring are out and about, along with a lot of people recovering from cabin fever. While fly fishers are …


  • Promoting cavities

    House hunting is entering its seasonal boom in the Inland Northwest, and savvy birding enthusiasts are working to improve the market. As more of the region’s land is developed and …


  • Solo’s saga detailed

    With thousands of tundra swans flooding through the region on their spring migration, a birdwatching spotlight still shines on a single endangered trumpeter swan that’s become an icon at Turnbull …


  • Seeds of change

    OMAHA, Neb. — People who feed birds have been getting their pockets pecked. Birdseed prices have been fluctuating for months, and the cost of a premium seed imported from India …


  • Bird counters unite online

    Your home’s picture window is a front-row seat for The Great Backyard Bird Count, which starts Friday and runs through Monday. The 12th annual event, organized by the Cornell Lab …


  • We’re having house sparrows over for dinner

    A bird-related argument is raging at our house – and probably at homes all over the Inland Northwest. One person in our house believes that if she doesn’t keep the …


  • Bird-watchers track famous eagle

    KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Jack Noller isn’t the kind of guy who spends his days stalking celebrities. But one sort of fell in his lap when he was photographing bald …


  • Rare white chickadee visiting Valley couple’s yard

    Weeks before the region’s first snowfall, Frank and June Potter were enjoying a “white” Christmas in the front yard of their Spokane Valley home. Their feeders and heated water dish …


  • Attract birds to yards with the right landscaping

    With a little planning, we don’t have to travel to experience nature. Birds will readily come to our yards.


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