Stories tagged: Nature
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. …
Mon., Jan. 25, 2010, 6:02 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Dec. 20, 2009
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 …
Sun., Dec. 6, 2009, 9:16 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Dec. 3, 2009, 1:15 p.m.
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.
Thu., Dec. 3, 2009
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 …
Sun., Nov. 29, 2009
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, …
Sun., Nov. 1, 2009
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 …
Sun., April 5, 2009, 12:01 a.m.
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.
Sun., April 5, 2009
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 …