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Outdoors blog archive for April 2011

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011





Shorebirds are among the many migrants working their way through North America. 
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

More spring bird festivals coming up

BIRDWATCHING -- The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is history for a year, but wild friends of another feather are giving birder more reasons to travel across the state: Olympic Birdfest, April 8-10, Sequim, WA A bird watching vacation for beginners to experts, from leisurely strolls...

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Volunteer Sierra Huckins plants a tree during the 2010 Dishman Hills service project.

Join the group to spruce up Dishman Hills

NATURAL AREAS -- Volunteers are signing up for the Dishman Hills Service Project to plant trees, pull weeds, and spruce up the city's much-loved natural area on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several hundred helpers -- individuals and groups -- are expected to...

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Tom Jones, 77, of Spokane Valley,  tosses a fish back into West Medical Lake on Wednesday. “It’s a nice day if I caught a fish or not,” he said. He caught his first trout moments later and gave it to another angler on the ramp. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Washington dates keep anglers on their toes 

FISHING -- There's no single opening day for fishing in Washington. Fishing seasons open throughout the year, including major waters that open on March 1, April 1 and, of course, the popular lowland trout season that opens the "last Saturday in April." Just to keep...

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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011



Elizabeth Odell, age 9, with a wild turkey she bagged with her 20-gauge shotgun on opening day for youth hunting. 
 (Photo by Dick Odell / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho youths get next shot at turkeys

HUNTING -- Washington's youth wild turkey hunting season is history, and the general spring gobbler seasons don't open until April 15. But Idaho youths under the age of 16 get their special turn at the toms starting Friday and running through April 14. All youth...

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Shortly after these hikers crossed this snow-covered bridge over a creek along the Bead Lake Trail, the snow cave way under the feet of another hiker and he tumbled into the frigid stream and got soaked head to toe. (Rich Landers)

Hikers should never expect to come back dry

HIKING -- It was almost amusing this morning to compare notes of my Sunday hiking trip with the experience of my friend, Dan Hansen, and his experience floating the formidable whitewater on Hangman Creek. Hansen noted that despite some strong eddies and good rapids that...

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Backyard bird count yielded data for science

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Science got a boost this winter when about 60,000 bird watchers took part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a four-day held Feb. 18-21. When tens of thousands of people watch birds and report what they see online, they create a...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011

SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011




FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

This tick is five times normal size, engorged with blood after dining.Spokane Regional Health District (Spokane Regional Health District / The Spokesman-Review)

Creepy warning for the outdoor weekender

GETTING OUT -- Several Facebook friends have confirmed what I've already experienced: Tick season has begun. I don't mind looking like a dork when I hike, so I don't hesitate to tuck my pant legs into my socks this time of year, especially when hiking...

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