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THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Birdwatcher goes on snipe hunt -- seriously

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "Remember the goofy snipe hunts you were encouraged to partake in at summer camps?" asks birding guide Woody Wheeler, in his Conservation Catalyst blog. "Often they took place at night and involved a large sack, a club and a flashlight," he reminds...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011

A new gosling nuzzles with its Canada goose mother along the banks of the Spokane River on Upriver Drive and Crestline, May 13, 2011 in Spokane, Wash. Three goose families have hatched some 17 young birds in this area. (Dan Pelle)

A fowl family moment in the sunshine

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Canada geese are in the full swing of raising their families around the region. S-R photographer Dan Pelle captured his family unit basking in the sun along the banks of the Spokane River on Upriver Drive and Crestline this week. Three goose...

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A rehabilitated male osprey waits to be released on the beach at Q'Emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls Friday morning, Aug. 4, 2006.  The bird was found, unable to fly, at a riverfront home in Post Falls six weeks ago.  X-rays showed the bird had a broken collar bone and raptor biologist Jane Cantwell kept the bird in a large aviary until it healed. Before release, Cantwell transplanted some flight feathers from another bird onto the bird's wings to replace feathers that were damaged while the bird was grounded.    JESSE TINSLEY The Spokesman-Review (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Osprey nest has NOAA shipping for answers

WILDLIFE -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration usually is in the business of defending sea creatures, but last week it was asking for advice about getting rid of some, according to a KING 5 TV report. Washington state law allows for the destruction or...

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011

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)

Condor chick hatches in Arizona

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The number 13 is lucky and worth celebrating in Arizona, where a California condor chick has hatched in the wild at a new nest site near Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, northeast of the Grand Canyon. This is the 13th chick hatched in...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2011


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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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011

Undated photo of a Swainson's thrush. Like disoriented hikers, migrating songbirds went the wrong way when their inner compasses were disrupted. But the birds recovered, apparently using sunset clues to reorient themselves. How migrating birds find their way over great distances has long intrigued people. Some birds can orient themselves with an internal compass using the earth's magnetic field. Others seem to follow the sun, the stars, polarized light or different clues. (AP Photo/Laura H. Spinney, Science Magazine) ORG XMIT: WX110 (Laura Spinney / The Spokesman-Review)

Class act: Spokane Auduboners offer birding clinics

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Spokane Audubon members are offering several choice opportunities to learn more about birds and bird identification. Birds of Eastern Washington, April 21 & 23, taught by SAS member Fran Haywood. Sign up through Community Colleges of Spokane. Bird Identification workshops for novices,...

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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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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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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

A wood duck graces the 2009 federal junior duck stamp, with artwork by Lily Spang, 16, of Toledo, Ohio. (The Spokesman-Review)

Birds flock to family's ponds, nest boxes

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Birds have giving a thumbs up, so to speak, for Ron Dexter and the seven wildlife ponds he's built on the family property near Mount Spokane over the years. "Besides great blue herons, belted kingfishers, etc., our main attractions are the wood...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011

THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

Thursday is opening day of general seasons to hunt spring gobblers such as this in Idaho and Washington. Idaho’s youth turkey season is under way through Wednesday. (File)

How old is that gobbler? 

HUNTING -- "I got a good 7-year-old bird," the camo-clad hunter proudly said when the wildlife biologist asked if he'd had any luck. When Joel Glover asked how the hunter knew the age of the bird, the Alabama biologist got a look of disdain as...

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