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  • Landers: Hunt provides memories to make up for empty freezer

    Yellow larch needles litter the laundry room floor where I dropped my hunting clothes Sunday night. After devoting 10 days to the pursuit of elk meat for our freezer, I’m …


  • Heritage birds: ‘Grouse an icon of the open landscapes’ of Evergreen State

    The annual shows that inspired Native American dancers centuries ago are underway on Washington’s grasslands, sagebrush prairies and mountain foothills. Grouse are strutting on their stages to fan their tails …


  • Sage grouse conservation efforts huge

    Knowing that the 1993 listing of the spotted owl as a threatened species hurt the logging industry, ranchers are getting aboard efforts to head off restrictions to their livelihoods. The …


  • Birds by the numbers: Audubon Christmas Bird Count

    Whether it’s in the spirit of citizen science or just an excuse to join other nature lovers in their preferred environment, the annual Christmas Bird Count is luring flocks of …


  • Landers: Spring has already sprung for wildlife

    The early hint of spring weathering into the region this week is a game-changer for outdoorsmen, but merely a confirmation of what’s already under way for wildlife. Skiers coming off …


  • Landers: Spring has already sprung for wildlife

    The early hint of spring weathering into the region this week is a game-changer for outdoorsmen, but merely a confirmation of what’s already under way for wildlife.


  • Study finds hummingbirds migrate earlier

    CHARLESTON, S.C. – Ruby-throated hummingbirds are migrating to North America weeks earlier than in decades past, and research indicates that higher temperatures in their winter habitat may be the reason. …


  • Audubon Clubs invite birders to join Christmas Bird Counts

    Small groups of bird watchers heading out locally this month for the 113th annual Christmas Bird Count are helping plot what appear to be significant global trends. For example, surveys …


  • Landers: Bald eagles, kokanee show up in big numbers

    Bald eagles and kokanee in North Idaho are bucking the worldwide trend of deficits and declines. Kokanee, those delicious land-locked sockeyes, are spawning in numbers higher than we’ve seen in …


  • Birders crow about movie

    “The Big Year,” a film based on the more tedious true story (and book of the same name) is flying high at movie theaters across the country. The movie follows …


  • Chelan hawk migration lures research, festival

    “Plastic owls on long poles help bring the hawks near capture nets,” said Felix Martinez of Spokane. “Hawks hate owls and will veer miles out of their way to harass …


  • BLM explores land use proposals

    Grazing, energy development, motor vehicle access, shooting areas and wildlife protections are among the issues being confronted by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a resource management planning effort. …


  • High-tech birders may be foes of feathered friends

    Growing use of smartphone applications, field access to the Internet and recordings to flush out bird species for better viewing and photography could be impacting the survival of some birds. …


  • Giving critters a second chance

    The circle of life revolves around creatures dying so others can be nourished. But wildlife managers recognize that most people can’t ignore a critter in distress. This is where wildlife …


  • Bracing for the ‘baby season’

    Wildlife rehabilitators are bracing for their busiest and saddest time of year as wildlife enters the nesting, fawning and calving season. Many of the wild animals brought to wildlife rehabilitators …


  • Tsunami one more disaster for albatross

    The albatross has had more ups and downs with Japan’s seismic events than the courtship flight of a snipe. While the world focuses on Japan’s March 11 earthquake disaster, a …


  • Owls have a hoot making winter babies

    Several of the 11 owl species that inhabit most parts of Idaho and the region are already well into their courtship and production of a new generation, according to Jim …

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