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  • High-tech birders may be foes of feathered friends

    Growing use of smartphone applications, field access to the Internet and recordings to flush out bird species for better viewing and photography could be impacting the survival of some birds. …


  • Rescuer’s act of kindness expands to save barn owls

    On any given day in the spring, a shed surrounded by rolling vineyards on the fringe of Kennewick holds about 20 young barn owls. They’re confined until they grow big …


  • Field reports: Audubon Society offers birding classes, trips

    WILDLIFE – Spokane Audubon members are offering several opportunities to learn more about birds and bird identification. • Birds of Eastern Washington, Thursday and Saturday, taught by SAS member Fran …


  • Tsunami one more disaster for albatross

    The albatross has had more ups and downs with Japan’s seismic events than the courtship flight of a snipe. While the world focuses on Japan’s March 11 earthquake disaster, a …


  • Owls have a hoot making winter babies

    Several of the 11 owl species that inhabit most parts of Idaho and the region are already well into their courtship and production of a new generation, according to Jim …


  • Out & About: Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer

    Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer What: Yoke’s Outrageous Air Show aerial ski-jumping exhibition ( vimeo.com/12585195), plus fireworks, music


  • Out & About

    20th annual Eagle Watch set at Lake Coeur d’Alene OUTFIELD – At least seven dozen bald eagles were congregated in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d’Alene this …


  • Annual Christmas Bird Count isn’t ready to be replaced by technological advances

    The Internet and all of its digital efficiency hasn’t replaced the group effort of the Christmas Bird Count. Not yet, anyway. Inland Northwest birders are among the thousands in roughly …


  • Bird watchers ask, field guides deliver

    Kris Buchler, who was teaching a beginner bird-watching class for Coeur d’Alene Audubon this spring, was tentative when a novice asked her, “What’s the best field guide to birds?” “Everybody …


  • Pole spared for birds

    Heavy equipment operators could sometimes be accused of being on a power trip when they’re maintaining the huge transmission lines that traverse wildlife habitat in this region. But neighbors say …


  • Digging for key to burrowing owl decline

    Experts from across the U.S. attending the burrowing owl symposium last month in Umatilla, Ore., may have outnumbered the species’ dwindling population in the Mid-Columbia. Thirty-five wildlife specialists concerned about …


  • Leggy killdeer somehow survive in high-traffic areas

    In a natural area, killdeer lay their eggs in a slight depression of gravel, perhaps near a stream. But these prairie-loving shorebirds are remarkably adaptable to rearing young among the …


  • Wildlife lovers use ears, eyes

    The first wildlife signs of spring aren’t just sights for winter-sore eyes. They’re comforting to the ears, too. Tina Wynecoop, who lives just north of Spokane, has been reveling in …


  • Heron gathering a brief spectacle

    Spokesman-Review photographer Colin Mulvany hit the perfect window of opportunity to capture more than 30 great blue herons in a single frame.


  • Audubon puts birdwatching on the map

    Eastern Washington birding enthusiasts are flying high this week with the release of a colorful new birding trail map for the state’s far-eastern region. “Palouse to Pines Loop,” years in …


  • Out & About

    Japan angler bags world record bass OUTCATCH – It’s official! After nearly six months of waiting for record keepers to make their decision, a 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass caught in …


  • St. Michael’s student wins High School Outdoor Writing Contest

    A story by Christine Koneazny, a senior at St. Michael’s Academy, has been judged the best of 191 entries to win The Spokesman-Review’s 2009 Outdoor Writing Contest for high school …


  • Bald eagles flocking to Lake Coeur d’Alene

    The annual congretion of bald eagles in Wolf Lodge Bay is dwindling earlier than in past years, prompting biologists and volunteers to move up the date for the annual Eagle …


  • Birdwatchers gear up for Christmas counts

    Birdwatchers are flocking together in the next few weeks in about 2,000 localities across North America and beyond for the 110th Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Inland Northwest birders, as usual, …


  • Sparrows in my yard

    The bird feeder in my neighbor’s yard was a magnet. Dozens of sparrows at a time. I wished they’d eat only from his feeder, however, my backyard was the next …


  • Out & About

    Local birds grace calendar


  • Birds make swift entrance into chimney

    Terry Gray spends several late-summer evenings each week fixated on a chimney in downtown Moscow, Idaho. As dusk approaches, he keeps his eyes cast skyward for swirling masses of Vaux’s …


  • Little Spokane aflutter

    With the heat of summer behind us, now’s the time to enjoy birding in the Little Spokane River Natural Area. Whether by foot or canoe, it’s one of the best …


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