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  • High School outdoor writing contest deadline Nov. 15

    It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring a …


  • Out & About: Downtown events lack RV sites

    OUTCAMP – There’s a notable lack of RV camping areas with easy access to downtown events at the Convention Center and elsewhere, said Len Zickler, chairman of the host committee …


  • Field reports: June fishing clinic geared to adults

    FISHING – Sign-ups are under way for 30 openings in a two-session basic fishing clinic for adults who haven’t been introduced to the sport. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department …


  • With 7 national parks nearby, paradise always within reach

    Within a day’s drive of Spokane, there are seven national parks – Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades in Washington, Glacier in Montana, Crater Lake in Oregon, and Grand Teton and …


  • Why are ruffed grouse taking a shine to retired North Idaho men?

    Ruffed grouse have been taking a shine to graying men in North Idaho. Newspaper stories have featured two men who’ve developed close relationships with the normally shy forest grouse.


  • Group pegs butterflies as cream of the state’s wildlife crop

    Swallowtails, fritillaries and checkerspots aren’t just a passing fancy to members of the Washington Butterfly Association. Cheerfully describing themselves as “birders gone bad,” they plan forays to spot species and …


  • Fresh snow turns sagebrush steppe into garden of life

    Snow dapples the cattails. Ice forms symmetrical patterns on a lake. Animal tracks meander through the sagebrush, leaving mysteries in their wake. Winter is a fascinating time to wander in …


  • 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 …


  • Renowned nature writer will speak in Spokane in November

    Terry Tempest Williams, one of the nation’s best-known nature writers, has been booked for a talk in Spokane on Nov. 1. The event will be a fundraiser for the Inland …


  • 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 …


  • Retired physician honored for grousing around scablands

    A Spokane woman is honored to be following the reintroduction of sage grouse in Lincoln County. Kim Thorburn of Spokane has been named the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s Volunteer …


  • Loon’s death leaves Ferry County lakeside quiet

    The shooting of a nesting female loon in Ferry County around May 9 is the latest tragedy pegging northeastern Washington as a foul place for rare fowl. Washington Department of …


  • 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 …


  • Volunteers dig in at Dishman Hills

    OUTSTANDING – About 280 volunteers turned out April 24 to build trails at Iller Creek Conservation Area and spruce up, or should we say “pine up,” the nearby Dishman Hills …


  • Join the group for grounded experiences with wildlife

    A full schedule of area events is evolving this month to help people connect with critters and their habitats. Among the highlights: Learn to Bird workshop series, this week: A …


  • Bed of bugs

    At first I thought I’d disturbed a nest of red ants. Instead they were ladybird beetles – often called ladybugs – swarming on my boots. I was sitting on a …


  • Eagles fall in love, flirt with disaster

    The term “falling in love” is especially appropriate for breeding bald eagles. Although most pairs in this region are nesting by now, their passions were revved up during late winter …


  • Robins rule in annual North American bird count

    Nearly 2 million robins ruled the roost in the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count, outnumbering all other species in the 13th annual tally of North American birds reported by 63,000 …


  • Kids’ Fish-In at Clear Lake

    OUTCAST – An annual spring fishing event for kids is set for May 1 at Clear Lake in Spokane County. For $5, kids age 5-14 will get a T-shirt plus …


  • Birds staking claims on prime Turnbull territory

    At the edge of Winslow Pond, Mike Rule identified bird chatter rising from one of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge’s many wetlands. A female mallard quacked garrulously, while red-winged blackbirds vocalized …


  • Albino skunk stirs memories

    The 1953 archive photo of a white skunk published with a Critter Watch column on March 14 hit home with local reader Priscilla Brash Martin. “What a surprise to see …


  • 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 …


  • Swans, herons flock to region

    Migrating tundra swans are flocking by the thousands to the Colville and Pend Oreille River valleys.


  • Out & About

    Nature lovers flock to bird festivals


  • Winter wildlife in a family way

    January and February might seem to put a chill on love in the great outdoors, but winter clearly arouses interest among some critters. Great horned owls have been having a …


  • Out & About

    Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer


  • 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 …


  • Swan brings brood back to Turnbull, quelling fears he was killed

    As he has for possibly more than four decades, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. …


  • Solo the trumpeter swan still alive

    Ending fears that he may have been killed by poachers in Stevens County, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at …


  • Food for naught

    Lurking in the shade, they grip onto branches of the great maple with their tiny brown talons, staring down upon passersby and sending a hungry vibe. They hunch down, pointing …

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