Stories tagged: Nature
Sun., April 28, 2013, 1:44 a.m.
Picking favorite hike difficult choice for author
“What’s your favorite hike?” Being a guidebook author who’s explored Inland Northwest trails for more than three decades, I’m regularly asked that question by hikers.
Sun., April 7, 2013
Out & About: Spokane Bicycle Club is the wheel deal
OUTPEDAL – Last Sunday’s Outdoors feature on regional bicycling events had a list of cycling groups. Unfortunately, the venerable Spokane Bicycle Club ( spokanebicycleclub.org) was omitted at the top of …
Sun., Sept. 23, 2012
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 …
Sun., Aug. 12, 2012, 10:27 p.m.
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 …
Sun., May 13, 2012
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 …
Sun., April 8, 2012
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 …
Sun., Nov. 6, 2011
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.
Sun., April 3, 2011
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 …
Sun., Jan. 9, 2011, 7:25 a.m.
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 …
Sun., Dec. 5, 2010
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 …
Sun., Aug. 15, 2010
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 …
Sun., June 6, 2010
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 …
Sun., May 23, 2010
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 …
Thu., May 20, 2010
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 …
Sun., May 16, 2010
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 …
Sun., May 2, 2010, 1 a.m.
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 …
Sun., May 2, 2010
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 …
Sun., May 2, 2010
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 …
Sun., April 18, 2010
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 …
Tue., April 6, 2010, 12:27 p.m.
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 …
Sun., April 4, 2010
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 …
Wed., March 31, 2010
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 …
Sun., March 28, 2010
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 …
Sun., March 14, 2010
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 …
Sat., March 13, 2010, 5:49 p.m.
Swans, herons flock to region
Migrating tundra swans are flocking by the thousands to the Colville and Pend Oreille River valleys.
Sun., March 7, 2010
Out & About
Nature lovers flock to bird festivals
Sun., Feb. 28, 2010
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 …
Sun., Feb. 28, 2010
Out & About
Sky-high skiers fly at Schweitzer
Sun., Jan. 31, 2010, 12:20 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Jan. 26, 2010
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. …