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Wednesday, May 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Reader photo: Into the wild

A merlin carries a parakeet in its talons on Monday


Sandpoint osprey cam back online

The osprey pair at Sandpoint’s Memorial Field dubbed “Sandy and Pete” has returned from winter migration – and the avian stars are already putting on a show as they build …


Reader photo: Roots from a long-fallen tree

Gary Miller took this photo of the roots of a long-fallen tree April 4 near Fishtrap Lake, Washington.


In the Garden: Flowers bring beauty, birds, bees and butterflies to the garden

While we all reap rewards from our edible crops, flowers are an equally important component. In addition to attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflies, they delight us with their beautiful colors …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 3:27 p.m.

Local fish biologist gets up-close look at tiny islands that house world’s albatross population

She landed at night, the plane touching down a thousand miles west of Hawaii, on a strip of land barely distinguishable from the heaving swells of the Pacific Ocean.


As ice thaws birds come flocking

As the Spokane region thaws, bird-watchers are looking to the skies.


Reader photo: Mama osprey

A mother osprey perches high above the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park. Spike Lynch captured this shot early in December.


Ask Dr. Universe: Why do owls rotate their heads?

While owls might not be able to move their eyeballs around like you can, they more than make up for this by turning their heads, which gives them a really …


Birds of prey on display at learning center

The West Valley Outdoor Learning Center will host a “Raptor Rampage” open house Saturday and no, that doesn’t have anything to do with dinosaurs. Instead the center will showcase its …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 8:31 p.m.

Birds learn another ‘language’ by eavesdropping on neighbors

For birds, understanding neighborhood gossip about an approaching hawk or brown snake can mean the difference between life or death.


In reversal, Pentagon now says it backs GOP measure on birds

In an abrupt reversal, the Pentagon said Thursday it supports a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered …


Osprey discovered nesting at the top of the U.S. Pavilion

A family of the raptors has been seen at the top of the structure’s 145 foot mast, as the city moves forward with plans to renovate the iconic building. The …


100 years ago in Spokane: Sportsmen target magpies, crows, coyotes, hawks and owls along county roads to help preyed-on birds

Spokane sportsmen declared war on the so-called “enemies of game birds.” They planned to go gunning for magpies, crows, coyotes, hawks and owls, which they believed to prey on the …


Reader photos: The birds of winter

While many birds may seem frail and ill-suited to survive frigid winter temperatures, the truth is they’re masters at surviving cold weather.


Lake Coeur d’Alene sets record for visiting bald eagles

Bald eagles by the hundreds this week have smashed the record for their annual gathering at Lake Coeur d’Alene to feed on spawning kokanee.


Out & about: Local photographers compile calendar of area birds

The Spokane Audubon Society is offering monthly reminders that Eastern Washington residents are blessed with birds.


Out & about: Bald eagles flock to Lake Coeur d’Alene

OUTBACK – Kokanee are spawning and dying in North Idaho’s two largest lakes and bald eagles have begun congregating for the annual feast. Dozens of eagles are congregating at Granite …


Breaking birding record only beginning for Oregon man

On Dec. 31, 2014, Noah Strycker was celebrating New Year’s Eve in style, basking in a cruise ship hot tub with a bottle of champagne in each hand.


Migratory birds shooed away by drone, fireworks, lasers

Montana Resources and Atlantic Richfield Company’s growing arsenal of migratory bird tools were recently put to use to scare about 1,100 birds off of the Berkeley Pit.


Out & About: Brothers win 13th time in federal Duck Stamp art contest

Bob Hautman, an artist from Delano, Minnesota, has won the 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest with an acrylic painting of mallards that will become the face of wetlands conservation …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Little refuge for wildlife as smoke lingers over region

Wild critters can’t heed health agency warnings to take refuge indoors from the pall of wildfire smoke smothering the West. They’re stuck outside, coping with bad air quality much as …


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

The view from on high: 45 years of studying ospreys in the Pacific Northwest

Wayne Melquist has banded Lake Coeur d’Alene’s ospreys for more than four decades. He started in 1972 and says there’s still much to learn about the majestic birds, which raise …


Birding brightens driver’s commute on I-90

I spend about 90 minutes in a vehicle each day, commuting from Coeur d’Alene to downtown Spokane. I didn’t expect to be birding from Interstate 90. But the first day …


Light pollution: Glacier, Waterton parks seek friendlier skies for critters

The stars are shining brighter and the glare of lights is a little less disorienting to creatures of the night in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park this year.


UPDATED: Mon., June 12, 2017, 11:34 a.m.

Gulls devour hatchery trout released at Sprague Lake

A Spokane Fish Hatchery manager says the staff will review procedures after small trout released in Sprague Lake last week became the main course for a feeding frenzy of gulls.


Reader Photo: Robbing the cradle

As goslings crawl over a shoreline branch to swim after their parents, a largemouth bass blasts up to the surface and claims one for dinner.


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Baby herons dead, injured after Anacortes-area windstorm

A group of Washington volunteers are working to save baby great blue herons injured last week’s Anacortes-area windstorm.


Boise State awarded $1.7 million to research climate change, birds

Boise State University researchers have been awarded a $1.7 million U.S. Department of Defense grant to monitor the effects of climate change on bird migration.


Reader photo: Complimentary colors

Call of the wild prairie: A meadowlark belts out a call from an otherwise camouflaged position among blooming arrowleaf balsamroot west of Spokane. On the web: Submit your outdoors-related photos …


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Pullman-Moscow Airport has gone to the birds

Work to re-configure the runway at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport has inadvertently created habitat for wildlife and a potential hazard for aircraft.