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Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 2011

MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2011

Volunteers from local groups tackle weeks and erosion problems in October 2011 near a popular Spokane River access site near Mirabeau Point. (Spokane River Forum)

REI grants $20,000 to local outdoor efforts

CONSERVATION -- Spokane’s REI store, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has recently awarded grants totaling $20,000 to non-profit groups that will leverage the money with volunteer work at several key area outdoors features in the Spokane area: Spokane River Forum,$10,000 – for improving the river access…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2011

SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2011

FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2011

When a grizzly steps on your face...

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Jaime Johnson, a professional photographer from Montana, recently put a video camera on the bank of an Alaska river where brown bears were frequently walking in search of salmon. The result gets my stomp of approval. Let’s just say the camera got…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

Groups urge wolf delisting in Washington

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Two groups put the pressure on the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department this week by filing a petition urging the state to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves in the eastern one-third of the state. The petition was filed with the…

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The dusky grouse, better known as the blue grouse, is a forest bird that prefers high open slopes in fall. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Mountain grouse moving to high country

BIRD HUNTING -- I've been hiking a lot of miles of trails the past few months and I've clearly seen the progression of dusky grouse into higher elevations. Males tend to be at higher elevations earlier in the year, while the hens with their broods…

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Elk at C.M. Russell National Wildlife Area north of Lewistown, Mont., in September, 2011. (Rich Landers)

Elk on stage at CM Russell Wildlife Refuge

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- One of the best wildlife viewing stages anywhere in September and early October is the cottonwood bottom along the elk viewing area in the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge60 miles north of Lewistown, Mont., (my hometown). Even though the elk are in…

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A ringneck pheasant rooster shows his spring mating colors in Eastern Washington's wintery weather of April 2011. (Rich Landers)

Area bird hunting outlook ripe with hope

UPLAND BIRD HUNTING --Hunters chilled at the thought of what the cool, rainy spring was doing to nesting pheasants and quail in June. Indeed, the pheasant hatch isn’t anything to crow about, but it’s not as bad as hunters may have feared in some areas.…

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The team from, a Spokane-company started by a student team from Gonzaga, participated in the Spokane River Cleanup Oct. 2, 2011 and received a prize for hauling a huge, heavy, phonebooth out of the River, and up a very steep bank.
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Volunteers untrash Spokane River

CONSERVATION -- The 8th annual Spokane River Cleanup last weekend was a big success. There's no official report yet from the Friends of the Falls regarding the amount of garbage the hundreds of volunteers collected to spiff up the river through Spokane Valley down to…

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Bull elk with harem on Hanford Nuclear Reservation in September 2011. (Erika Holmes)

Bull elk takes heat at Hanford

BIG GAME -- We don't think of elk as being creatures game for hot weather, but the elk enjoying the sanctuary of the near-desert conditions on the Handford Nuclear Reservation are doing just fine, thank you. Erika Holmes, who works at the Hanford Site, snapped…

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