Stories tagged: birds
Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 6 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 2:50 p.m.
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.
Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, 3:58 p.m.
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.
Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
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.
Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 8:22 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 6 a.m.
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.
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:52 a.m.
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.
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
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 …
Fri., July 14, 2017, 6:25 a.m.
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 …
Sun., June 25, 2017, 6 a.m.
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.
Wed., June 7, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
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.
Mon., May 22, 2017, 3:43 p.m.
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.
Wed., May 17, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
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.
Wed., April 19, 2017, 7 p.m.
Alan Liere: Whether of prey or song, birds are wondrous
One spring, my 13-year-old step-daughter and I watched from the deck as three mallard drakes tried to impress a hen mallard. “It’s called a courting flight,” I told her. “The …
UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Out & About: ‘Smoke-phase’ turkeys rank as one in a hundred
White meat or dark? That might be the first question that comes to mind when you spot a white wild turkey.
UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9:09 p.m.
Study: Bird population in Vermont forests drop 14.2 percent
The bird population in Vermont’s forests has declined 14.2 percent over 25 years, largely due to several factors, including invasive species, climate change, and the natural cycle of maturing forests, …
Thu., April 13, 2017, 6:15 a.m.
Sharp-eyed birder’s list shines in Lincoln County
Outdoors editor Rich Landers wasn’t the only one who had a good day of wildlife observation in Lincoln County last weekend. Following is a birding report that a rain-drenched, wind-whipped …
Wed., April 12, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
The oldest known relative of dinosaurs was unusual, experts say
The 245-million-year-old fossils were some of the strangest ones Sterling Nesbitt had ever seen. Their bodies looked like crocodiles – stout and muscular, with four sturdy legs. But their necks …
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Dozens of dead crows found in Nampa may have been poisoned
Authorities said about 50 crows were found dead in the southwest Idaho city of Nampa last month and some of them may have been poisoned.
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 10:25 a.m.
Oregon lawmaker wants osprey to be new state bird
An Oregon lawmaker says the current state bird is unoriginal, and instead wants to replace it. The Statesman Journal reports that state Sen. Fred Girod sponsored a resolution to replace …
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, 6 a.m.
Out & About: Swan, crane festivals celebrate migrations
OUTCOMING – The recent weather melt off makes spring bird migrations easier to fathom. Birds already are shifting gears in the hemisphere and some will be flying through this region …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
New University of Idaho animal policies set in response to gassing of nuisance animals
More than four months after a University of Idaho task force delivered its suggestions concerning the management of nuisance animals on campus to president Chuck Staben, changes to policy may …
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 7:26 a.m.
Researchers: Warm Pacific water led to vast seabird die-off
A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to …
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 7 a.m.
Birders in Idaho worry harsh winter may hurt hummingbirds
Bird lovers in Idaho are worried that an unusually cold and snowy winter may have harmed or killed some of the Anna’s hummingbirds that spend the winter in there despite …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 3:35 a.m.
Doug Clark: The bird feeder draws as many opportunists and bullies as a political race
One of the swell things about marriage is that you have someone who’ll let you know when your mental faculties fly off the tracks like a jackknifed coal train. The …