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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Nature agencies asked to share

    Plans announced Wednesday to streamline how state natural-resource agencies deliver services to the public did not include consolidation of any state agencies.


  • Nature photos should be natural

    Digital technology and the Internet have rocketed mankind into a new universe of speed and access to information. Unfortunately, the same technology has made it easier to infect the news …


  • 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 …


  • BACK HOME

    Considering what sage grouse have suffered in the past 200 years, the most recent ordeal was a joyride. The indignity lasted only about 26 hours.


  • Translocating sage grouse wild, sleepless trip for volunteers

    Volunteering to translocate sage grouse is no vacation. “I’d forgotten what a hangover felt like, but now I remember,” said Richard Rivers, one of six Spokane chapter members of the …


  • Spring in the air, and in your hair

    Birds, bears, buttercups and ticks – our region’s perennial signs of spring are out and about, along with a lot of people recovering from cabin fever. While fly fishers are …


  • Ticks ready to feast

    Ticks are becoming active in areas around Spokane. Check yourself and your pet after being out. Ticks usually probe around a potential host for a few hours before choosing a …


  • Promoting cavities

    House hunting is entering its seasonal boom in the Inland Northwest, and savvy birding enthusiasts are working to improve the market. As more of the region’s land is developed and …


  • Solo’s saga detailed

    With thousands of tundra swans flooding through the region on their spring migration, a birdwatching spotlight still shines on a single endangered trumpeter swan that’s become an icon at Turnbull …


  • Out & About

    OUTCLASS Lanting to focus on nature photos


  • Bears ready for winter slumber

    Sweet dreams are bruin in the mountains as the region’s bears start scoping out places for their winter dens. Bears really have only two seasons a year: hibernation’s coming and …


  • He’s a real-life batman

    No law prevented Mike Weaver from evicting the messy tenants in his home along the Spokane River. But even though they wanted to remodel and make use of the attic …


  • Program offers owl insight

    Owls will be coming out of the dark to shed some light on their species next weekend for a free program at Lake Coeur d’Alene. “Because they are most active …


  • Fawn crop hits the ground

    The outdoors is a giant nursery this time of year. Hunters know “the rut,” or peak of breeding activity for elk is in mid-September and then around Thanksgiving for white-tailed …


  • Hybrid hummer?

    A group of Oregon birdwatchers have spotted and photographed what appears to be the first documented hybrid resulting from a breeding between North America’s most common species of hummingbirds, Anna’s …


  • Help birds complete their journey

    Many bird lovers in the Inland Northwest are rolling out the welcome mat for the spring migrants flocking into the region. Some of these birds still have a long way …


  • Winter snoozing not always hibernation

    Warmer weather and longer days create a wake-up call to the many critters with a gift for sleeping through the winter. While many birds have the means to split to …


  • Ready for spring arrivals?

    Bird migrations will be getting into full wing through the Inland Northwest this month, as you may have noticed last weekend when songbirds seemed to flood into the area and …


  • CdA bald eagles are visitor attraction

    Bald eagles continue to congregate at Lake Coeur d’Alene for their annual feast of kokanee spawning in Wolf Lodge Bay, with counts of more than 80 birds last week. The …


  • Critter watch : Wolf report shows growth

    Few critters in the Western wildlands are being watched more closely than wolves. We have better numbers on wolves than we have on disabled veterans or immigrants, although we do …


  • Critter Watch: Bridge favors troubled critters

    Spokane’s Sunset Highway Bridge is far more than a passageway for motorists across Hangman Creek. The bridge doubles as a condo for discerning critters.


  • CRITTER WATCH: Little Spokane River blooms with wildlife

    Paddlers aren’t the only ones checking out the feral iris that was bursting in bloom last week along the Little Spokane River. The ruffed grouse above, photographed from a canoe, …


  • Rich Landers: ‘Bloodless’ wildlife activities harmful

    Rack up another wildlife setback as the masses continue to reach out for politically correct nature experiences. An Associated Press story out of Eugene sets the issue clearly in the …


  • CRITTER WATCH: Power to the ospreys

    “For a couple of years, an osprey pair has been nesting on this pole between the old and new Highway 395s at Dartford, where a zillion cars go by each …


  • CRITTER WATCH: Something to grouse about

    April is no time to grouse around if you’re a grouse. Sharptails are dancing and sage grouse are booming on the prairies of Idaho, Montana and Washington. Ruffed grouse are …


  • CRITTER WATCH: When woodpeckers come knocking

    If you hear what sounds like a jackhammer on the roof shortly around sunrise this month, it’s more likely to be a woodpecker looking for love. Woodpeckers, particularly northern flickers, …


  • Sometimes what you see depends on your viewpoint

    A serious sportsman – even if he prefers Bud Light – has much in common with a wine connoisseur. The average consumer who drinks a glass of wine is satisfied …

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