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Reader photo: Snow ghost

Donald Sewell came across this ice-covered tree on Mount Spokane, Jan. 30. Called a snow ghost, this tree is covered in ice called rime. The ghostly shapes are formed when …


2017: The year outdoors

A lot of ground was covered in the Great Outdoors in 2017, but no one accomplished a more skillful feat than rock-jock Alex Honnold.


Bill Jennings: Snowflakes are winter’s wonderful works of art

A recent snowfall evoked recall of a past experience that aroused my curiosity. So I looked into it.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

TV host Hazen Audel will present ‘Survive the Wild’ at Fox Theater

Most people will need a few Google searches to peg where Hazen Audel has survived the elements in 2017.


Local land trust celebrates 26 years, new director at banquet

The Inland Northwest Land Conservancy is celebrating its 26th year of preserving the region’s water quality and the open-space values of working farms and forests with a fundraising banquet on …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Lectures ‘bring science and nature’ into prison

More than 20 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution minimum-security facility were given the chance to take part in some community education when two presenters from local wildlife and …


Wordsmithing: Outdoor poetry series continues

Wordsmithing By Nature


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Winds, fire, floods and quakes: A nutty run of nature

With four big hurricanes, a powerful earthquake and wildfires, it seems that nature recently has just gone nuts.


Wordsmithing by Nature: Poets go deep into the outdoors

For thousands of years, poets have written about the outdoors. Sometimes, they praise scenery and wildness; sometimes, they compare humanity to nature. Poets from Hesiod and Homer to Basho and …


Ammi Midstokke: Beauty of nature indisputable – sometimes

When I moved back into the woods, I had this impression that I would be traipsing around the wilderness in a flowing dress singing old Disney tunes while birds and …


Outpeople: Citizen science class lures retired man out and about

Traveling into the woods and wilds with folks you have never met can be a gamble, so it’s always nice to stumble on to a guy like Stephen Ford.


Field Reports: Evening outdoor programs at Riverside State Park

The summertime Wednesdays in the Woods programs at Riverside State Park continue this week with a


In brief: Scientists’ presentation probes wildfires at the Bing

An hour-long, multi-media, traveling presentation that confronts the trend of huge wildfires, will be in Spokane on Thursday sponsored by The Lands Council and Vaagen Bros. timber company.


Ice Age Floods geology tour to visit Porcupine Bay landslide

The recent landslide at Porcupine Bay above the Spokane Arm of Lake Roosevelt has added a new “geology at work” opportunity to an


New view of dinosaurs could radically reshape their family tree

The dinosaur family tree may need to be radically rewritten – and even uprooted and replanted elsewhere, a new analysis of about 75 different species shows.


Great Barrier Reef bleaching again; scientists say only swift climate action can save it

Last year the Great Barrier Reef saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. It was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event. But now, scientists say, yet …


Big Horn Show brings outdoors inside Expo Center

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Field reports: Pros support Angler Code of Ethics

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Field reports: Priest Lake drawdown opens river to paddling

Priest Lake’s slow drawdown to winter level began Saturday evening. Flows were increased from Outlet Dam to lower the lake 3 feet from its full pool at elevation 2,437.6 feet.


Alan Liere: The Nature of Treasure

When my grandchildren were younger, I took them on walks in the woods surrounding my home. This was not because I was a particularly energetic grandparent, but because if they …


Dog finds religion in standoff with praying mantis

A praying mantis is a tough dude among bugs. It’s born to fight, not to flee even a bone-crunching dog.


Owyhee River author passionate for protection

The rugged, wild Owyhee River canyonlands of southern Oregon are remote and easy to put out of mind.


California’s drought and wildfires threaten endangered frog

A half-century ago, hundreds of streams cascading down the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains in California were packed with fist-size mountain yellow-legged frogs competing for mating rights. …


Biologists remove dead conjoined twin from endangered turtle

Marine biologists in southern Italy have separated conjoined twin loggerhead turtles and released the surviving newborn into the Mediterranean Sea.


Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

Long gone from these parts, black-footed ferrets still appear on Meeteetse’s town logo, in a bronze sculpture downtown and even on coffee mugs from a downtown restaurant, remembered for when …


Local novice beekeepers do their part to fight colony collapse

Hundreds of local residents are taking beekeeping classes at the Spokane County Washington State University Extension in hopes of pollinating their gardens, having access to fresh honey or combating honey …


Butterfly walk reveals nature’s artistry

Butterflies are more than just another pretty bug.


Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Rewilding’ movement is misguided

The concept of “rewilding” is gaining prominence, but Sue Lani Madsen says the movement to return large swaths of land to its “natural” state ignores history and the adaptability of …


Diamond in the rough: Mica Peak Conservation Area transitioning to public use

The Federal Aviation Administration’s white navigational radar dome has drawn attention to the summit of Mica Peak since it was built by the Air Force in the 1950s. Now the …


Briefs: Fee-free day offered at forests, parks

On Saturday, in observance of