Stories tagged: birds
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 …
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Crust-covered snow spells deadly conditions for wildlife
The wind-packed or sun-crusted snow blanketing much of the region this week delivers one of the most difficult survival tests for wintering birds and a wildlife.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 9:29 a.m.
Disease killing ducks, other birds at wildlife refuge
An outbreak of avian cholera has killed about 500 birds at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge in south-central Washington this week. The Tri-City Herald says crews on Thursday were at …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 6 a.m.
Varied thrush’s haunting call pierces the forest in winter
On gray mornings in winter, the haunting two-note trill of one of the Northwest’s most secretive birds pierces the chilly air.
Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 10:39 a.m.
Brimming toxic pit nears critical level after bird deaths
It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time …
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
Field Reports: Profanity Peak Pack removal cost state $135K
Washington wildlife managers spent $135,000 to kill seven of 11 gray wolves in a pack that had attacked or killed about 15 cattle on national forest grazing allotments in northeastern …
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 4:53 a.m.
Kim Thorburn has scientist’s open mind to making policy for hunting, fishing
A doctor trained to assure the health of human populations has been volunteering for three years to help oversee the well-being of Washington’s fish and wildlife.
Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 4:22 a.m.
Siberian bird detours to Lewiston in second-known U.S. appearance
People from several states packing binoculars and cameras have been flocking to clusters of Russian olive trees at Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston for the past two weeks.
Sat., Dec. 17, 2016, 6:48 p.m.
Out & about: Wilderness cabins OK to maintain, judge says
Maintaining historic cabins with helicopter support is OK in wilderness, according to a federal judge who has rejected efforts by an environmental group to force Olympic National Park to remove …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 6:30 a.m.
Rich Landers: Critters are masters at enduring bitter cold
Judging from the bloom of down coats showing up downtown this week, humans have learned a few valuable lessons from wildlife about surviving bitter cold weather. But critters are the …
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016, 3 a.m.
Audubon Christmas Bird Count gears up for 117th year
Numbers aren’t the only focus of the annual Christmas Bird Count.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Rich Landers: Hummers rather flee than fight yellow jackets
A few expert birders are swarming with stingers bared after reading my outdoors column about yellow jackets last week and its reference to hummingbirds.
Mon., July 25, 2016, 2:28 p.m.
New Zealand plans to rid nation of rats to help birds
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday announced an ambitious plan to completely rid the South Pacific nation of rats and some other nuisance animals, including possums and stoats, …
Sat., July 23, 2016, 4 p.m.
In the Garden: When caring for birds, think shelter first
You might think food would be the most important requirement but providing shelter was a much higher priority. Birds need to feel safe and be able to hide from a …
Fri., July 8, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
245 birds rescued from dirty cages in Clackamas County barn
The Oregon Humane Society says it has conducted its largest ever bird rescue after helping Clackamas County authorities seize 245 birds from feces-filled cages inside a Damascus barn.
Wed., July 6, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Alan Liere: In admiration of birds
I have been watching six turkey vultures the past few days. They’re not something I normally see here just north of Spokane. Although I find them extremely homely, they are …
Wed., June 1, 2016, 7 p.m.
Landers’ words of wisdom: leave wildlife babies be
Wildlife agencies in Idaho, Montana and Washington have been pumping out the message in the past month: If it’s a wild thing, but not your own child, it’s best to …
Sat., May 28, 2016, 8:30 p.m.
Audubon Society chides Trump on birds
Donald Trump criticized the wind-power industry this past week for killing birds. A far bigger threat is real estate developers and their tall buildings.
Sat., May 21, 2016, 4:39 p.m.
Tidy yard tradition hits a snag
The Landers yard won’t win any Better Homes & Gardens awards, but a few discriminating bird species find our slightly unkempt acre a fine place to raise a family.