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  • Out & About: Tundra swans lead parade of migrants

    OUTHERE – February’s unseasonably warm weather kick-started spring bird migrations into the region. Among the largest and most obvious are the tundra swans that have been finding open water from …


  • Field Reports: Priest Lake fish plan to be presented at meeting

    FISHING – As a divisive debate on managing non-native lake trout with native cutthroats and popular kokanee at Priest Lake continues, Idaho Fish and Game officials will hold a public …


  • Out & About: Three of five cygnets survive at Turnbull

    OUTTRUMPET – A young trumpeter swan was found dead on an island at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge last week with no cause of death evident. The carcass has been sent …


  • Birds soon to be looking for cavity nesting sites

    The past week of snow and frigid weather has been but a minor setback. Bird migrations will be getting into full swing through the Inland Northwest this month as sure …


  • Late springs prove fatal for swans

    We’d like to think we live in a relatively pristine area without need for environmental regulations or Superfund help. But 150 or so tundra swans a year tell us something …


  • Swan’s long run at Turnbull Refuge ends on high note

    An elderly trumpeter swan that could teach sports teams a thing or two about commitment, determination and achievement has ended his long run at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The swan …


  • Washington key to trumpeter swan comeback

    The number of trumpeter swans in Washington has grown in recent years after nearly going extinct. According to Seattle Audubon’s “Bird Web,” fewer than 100 trumpeter swans were alive south …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Birdwatchers unite to catch killer of rare trumpeter swan

    A wildlife murder mystery is unfolding in the Colville River Valley with possible links to one of the region’s remarkable romance stories. Local birdwatchers already have built a reward of …


  • Turnball manager retires after 18 years on job

    At a fraction of their salaries and with no stock options or bonuses, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager near Cheney has done what many high-powered CEOs have …


  • Ups and downs for loons, geese, swan

    Washington waterfowl have been keeping an unusually high profile in the news this month. Among the top recent stories:


  • Elderly swan a dad again after 22 years

    The drought is over for a geriatric but persistent trumpeter swan who has sired the first cygnets to be born at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge since 1987. Four grayish-white puffballs …


  • Elderly swan a dad again after 22 years

    The drought is over for a geriatric but persistent trumpeter swan which has sired the first cygnets since 1987 at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The four grayish-white puffballs hatched near …


  • Restrictions aim to reduce toxic impacts of hunting, fishing

    Anglers have a sinking feeling about rising concerns over lead poisoning. Hunters are recoiling, too.


  • 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 …


  • Self-guided swan route for wildlife watchers

    Self-guided access (Pend Oreille County map or DeLorme Atlas recommended): Drive north on Highway 2 through Newport to Oldtown.


  • Swan route

    The spring migration of tundra swans through the Inland Northwest is imminent, and tourism officials in Pend Oreille County planning a tour to share the spectacle of the swans’ annual …


  • Turnbull trumpets return of senior swan

    Solo is back. The elegant trumpeter swan is likely the elder seasonal wildlife resident at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, and one of the oldest documented anywhere among his endangered species.


  • Trumpeter swans set free

    OVANDO, Mont. – Ten more trumpeter swans were released this week near Ovando in an effort to re-establish a migrating population in the Blackfoot River Valley. “We’re right at the …


  • Turnbull program teaches children about wildlife

    A sure sign of spring is the return of waterfowl to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge south of Cheney. Just as telling are the kids who flock to the 16,000-acre preserve …


  • Girl captures photo of swans on day they were attacked

    A year ago, the last two in a line of graceful mute swans at Spokane’s Manito Park duck pond were killed, ending a long love affair between the big birds …


  • Encounter with swans

    I had a most memorable experience, in a fog so dense that I could only hear the wind moving over the wings of a small flock of what turned out …


  • 15 more swans to be placed in Montana valley

    GREAT FALLS – Wildlife biologists plan to place 15 trumpeter swans in the Blackfoot Valley next month and hope some of the 10 swans placed at a pond in the …


  • Group wants to protect Manito swans

    If the city of Spokane is going to replace two mute swans run down and killed at Manito Park earlier this month, then more needs to be done to protect …


  • After birds killed, groups vow return of swans to Manito Park

    A plan to replace two mute swans that were killed at Manito Park this month will be announced this morning in a news conference at the duck pond where the …


  • No park swans left after two killed

    The last two of Spokane’s Manito Park swans were killed Friday after apparently being struck by a vehicle along a narrow road adjacent to the park’s duck pond. A witness …


  • For this male trumpeter swan, it’s truly a Solo act

    Solo, the iconic trumpeter swan at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, was named by Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers in this column about the swan, then a widower, on April 4, …

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