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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 7, 2011

FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

Still plenty of eagles at CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- BLM wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo just returned from her weekly winter survey of bald eagles at Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay. The count: 128 total, including 95 adult and 33 immature eagles. The number is down from the whopping record count of...

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BLM approves CdA citizen advisors

PUBLIC LANDS -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced new appointments or re-appointments of four members to the Bureau of Land Management Coeur d’Alene District’s citizen-based Resource Advisory Council. The 15-member panel, composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds, advises the Bureau...

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Avalanche forecast a soggy mixed bag

WINTER SPORTS -- The weekend avalanche advisory is out for the Idaho Panhandle region and the word for the wise: Caution. While it rained in the valleys overnight, the precip was in the form of snow at higher elevations above 4,000 to 5,000 feet. But...

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Wind farms such as the one shown above at Altamont Pass in California are killing hundreds of thousands of birds each year, according to the American Bird Conservancy. Wind turbines -- depending on their size, location and speed of the blades -- have been identified as a lethal threat to birds and bats. (Photo: Mike Parr / American Bird Conservancy)

Recent bird kills tip of the iceberg

WILDLIFE -- While recent reports of 3,000 blackbirds falling to their deaths from the sky in Arkansas generated international publicity, that number is but a tiny fraction of the birds killed each year from human causes, according to American Bird Conservancy. Estimates from various studies...

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