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Outdoors blog archive for April 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

John Heyn of the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District walks on Canfield Mountain during a prescribed burn. 
 (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Small spring forest fires boost wildlife

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Expect to see scattered pillars of smoke emerging from selected areas of the region's national forests in the next six weeks. It's the "prescribed fire season," as forest managers and wildlife managers team to mimic Mother Nature's way of rejuvenating wildlife habitat....

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Human Planet TV series finale on Sunday

OUTDOORS ON TV -- The last two episodes of fascinating six-film wildlfie series will show Sunday, 8 p.m., on the Discovery Channel. Human Planet is the first BBC/Discovery Channel production to focus solely on human behavior and it's profound relationship with nature. The makers of...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011

First wolverine confirmed in Wallowas

WILDLIFE– An Oregon state researcher has confirmed wolverine tracks in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, the first documentation of the species in Wallowa County. According to the Columbia Basin Bulletin, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department researcher Audrey Magoun found the wolverine tracks in the snow on...

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Nutcrackers galore at Little Pend Oreille Refuge

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A startling report has been filed by a birdwatcher surveying species recently at the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge east of Colville. Although Mike Munts of Arco, Idaho, observed nearly 50 species in two days at the refuge, one observation was remarkable....

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A bulldozer clears snow off Going to the Sun Road, Wednesday, April 13, 2005, in Montana's Glacier National Park. Park road crews are currently two weeks ahead of schedule in the annual clearing of the high altitude road that crosses the Continental Divide.  (Associated Press)

Glacier Park plows snowed under

NATIONAL PARKS -- Winter has retained its grip on Glacier National Park this week, stalling efforts to clear Going to the Sun Road and turning back cyclists looking for vehicle free riding. Storms dumped 8 inches of snow in West Glacier and 18 inches in...

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Birdwatchers are keeping an eye out this winter for the evening grosbeak. Formerly common at bird feeders, the species has declined by about 80 percent since 1967. (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

10 ways people can boost migratory birds

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- As spring migrants continune to arrive in our region, so has a list of helpful thoughts from the American Bird Conservancy. Here's the ABC's top 10 things people can do to aid or protect declining birds in their homes and yards. 10....

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Columbia spring chinook still lagging

SALMON FISHING -- Anglers in the Columbia Gorge reservoirs will get seven additional days to fish for a lagging spring chinook salmon run. Washington and Oregon officials on Wednesday added April 25-May 1 to the fishing season for the Columbia between Bonneville Dam and the...

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Don Kole of Avery runs his cataraft down Skookum Canyon on the St. Joe River with the river running at 12,000 cfs. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Snow, slides clog St. Joe River Road

RIVERS -- Spring is dawning for river runners and anglers on Idaho's St. Joe River. Here's a road and access report from Terry Miller, who scouted it out with his vehicle and kayak Monday. The road is clear on Marble Creek to past the "class...

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Bob Ploof of Medical Lake pauses before releasing a walleye while fishing on Lake Roosevelt. (Rich Landers)

Washington Walleye tournament series starts in May

TOURNAMENT FISHING -- The 2011 Washington State Walleye Circuit includes five tournaments with cash prizes coordinated by NorthWest Walleyes: May 7-8: Rod Meseberg Spring Walleye Classic at Potholes Reservoir. May 21-22: Bil Wallys/Vally Marine Spring Walleye Classic at BanksLake. June 4-5: MosesLakeWalleye Classic. June 25-26:...

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Spokane visit: Sir Edmund Hillary, center, visited Spokane in July 1981 to meet with two climbers – Kim Momb, left, and John Roskelley – who were preparing for an expedition to Mount Everest.  Rich Landers remembers on A4. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Writer compares Mortenson with Sir Edmund Hillary 

OUTDOORS -- Joel Connelly of wrote this commentary today, contrasting Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson's efforts to build schools in Central Asia with the style of another famous climber -- Sir Edmund Hillary. Read my earlier post with links to Mortenson's response...

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Steamboat Rock gets jump on wildflowers

HIKING -- While wildflowers are just getting brave enough to emerge, the Columbia Basin, as usual has a jump on the much of the region. Here's a report from John Echelbarger, who hiked Sunday at Steamboat Rock State Park on Banks Lake. "There was a...

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