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Outdoors blog archive for July 2014



Anglers boat a Columbia River sockeye salmon. (Rich Landers)

Lake Wenatchee sockeye season starts Saturday 

FISHING -- The record run of sockeye up the Columbia River has made way for a salmon season on Lake Wenatchee starting Saturday, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has just announced. However, fires may block road access for the opener. Action: Lake Wenatchee…

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Tiger swallowtail butterfly. (Craig Goodwin)

Planted flowers attract classy clientelle 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "Two of my favorite things in our garden this morning," Spokane Valley pastor/photographer Craig Goodwin said Tuesday. "Tiger swallowtail butterflies and purple coneflowers. The blue flax to the left is a volunteer from some wildflower seeds I planted a couple years ago."

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TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

An adult California condor launches from where a chick hatched around April 22, 2011,in the wild at a new nest site near Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, northeast of the Grand Canyon.
 (Chris Parish / The Peregrine Fund)

First Utah condor chick confirmed 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- It’s official: a pair of California condors are raising a wild chick in Zion National Park, the first chick to be documented in Utah in the bird's recovery under endangered species protections. The nest is in a cavity 1,000 feet above a…

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Lightning storms start fires in Washington forests

PUBLIC LANDS --Monday's afternoon thunderstorms led to many lightning strikes across the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and surrounding lands starting several new fires, the Forest Service reports. Response crews were dispatched immediately. See the report on small fires also reported on the Colville National Forest. In…

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U.S. Forest Service wildlife biologist Keith Aubry holds a young female wolverine, the first to be captured in a study of the elusive creatures in the Pacific Northwest. 
 (Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho adopts wolverine management plan 

THREATENED SPECIES -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission last week unanimously approved the nation's first state management plan for sustaining the largest member of the weasel family. The Management Plan for the Conservation of Wolverines in Idaho, developed by Idaho Department of Fish and…

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Northern pike. (File)

Montana investigating pike in Lake Mary Ronan

FISHING -- Sounds like bucket biologists are back at work in Western Montana. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is investigating whether a fisherman’s report that he caught two pike in Lake Mary Ronan last month indicates a serious problem. Fisheries biologists plan to…

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MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014

The July 12, 2014, full moon over Spokane was a "super moon." (Craig Goodwin)

Photo: Supermoon instant replay

SKY WATCHING -- In case you missed it, Spokane photographer Craig Goodwin snapped this photo of Saturday's supermoon. Super moons appear larger because their orbit is closer to the earth. Supermoons can appear as much as 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than regular…

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Dog trainer Dan Hoke addresses hunter education students – most of whom are female – in a field session geared to hunting upland birds. The number of girls and women enrolling in Spokane-area hunter education courses has dramatically increased in the past 15 years, said course organizer Jack Dolan.

Hunter education course bears the heat

HUNTING -- The hot sunshine that sent most folks toward water on Saturday didn't deter a group of dedicated hunter education instructors, their students and a few good hunting dogs from hitting the field near Medical Lake to take their best shot. Jack Dolan,73, and…

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SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014


FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

Lake Spokane Campground closed during wildfire

CAMPING -- The Lake Spokane Campground, formerly operated by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, has been closed by state officials as they fight a nearby wildfire in Stevens County. Other Riverside State Park facilities remain open. See the story. See more details on where…

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