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Beargrass, common in high reaches of Mount Spokane, the Selkirk Mountains and throughout the Rockies, can sprout more than 5 feet tall. (Rich Landers)

Beargrass bloom booming at Mount Spokane

HIKING -- Summer "snow drifts" of blooming beargrass are luring hikers to trails at Mount Spokane State Park this week. Named by members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, beargrass isn't a grass. It's a plant that can have numerous basal rosettes on a common...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017

Callophrys sheridanii butterfly. (John Baumann)

Butterflies benefittng from moisture-boosted bloom

NATURE -- Most butterflies seem to have benefited from blooms produced by this year's abundance of moisture in Eastern Washington, experts from the Washington Butterfly Association report. Exceptions could include monarch butterflies that may have found some of their milkweed habitats flooded this spring. Butterfly...

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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

Burrowing owl chicks near Moses Lake. (Craig Goodwin)

Video: Burrowing owl chicks in formation

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Having raised children and puppies, I can't help but be astonished every year at the discipline born in young wild creatures. Fawns instinctively fold into motionless mats on the ground after feeding and stay put for hours until mother returns. Coyote pups...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

Monarch butterfly. (Joanna Gilkeson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The monarchs are coming; Got your milkweed?

NATURE -- With landscaping and spring planting on our minds, providing habitat for colorful monarch butterflies can be as easy as providing a healthy serving of milkweed. This simple act to boost these delicate long-distant migrants can be done on a small scale in yards...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017

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FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2016

MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016

This Steller's jay photographed in the foothills of Mount Spokane by Ron Dexter is featured in the Spokane Audubon Society's 2014 Birds of Eastern Washington Calendar. (Ron Dexter)

Outdoor clubs serve up great programs this week

CLUBS – Public programs by area outdoors groups this week include: Cycling nutrition by Mike Nilson and Touring the Pacific Coast by Scott Schnell (two programs), 6:30, Monday at 6021 E. Mansfield, Spokane, for Spokane Bicycle Club. Birds of the Clearwater, by Brett Haverstick, 7...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2016

MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016

A black bear broke out a window and ravaged the insides of a Subaru near Seeley Lake, MT, for a few food items left inside. (Rich Landers)

Living with bears is slow learning process 

WILDLIFE -- Most savvy campers have heard about the Yosemite black bears that had become adept at opening windows and even trunks like pop-top lids to get to food left inside parked vehicles. Montana bears are becoming similarly sophisticated burglars. At a camping resort near...

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Mountain bluebird. (Rich Landers)

Idaho Gives campaign boosts wildlife, habitat, access

WILDLIFE -- Help "Keep Idaho Wonderfully Wild" by participating in Idaho Gives, a statewide day of online giving Thursday, May 5. Learn how to designate funds that benefit wildlife habitat and kids conservation programs at idahogives.org/Idaho-Fish-And-Wildlife-Foundation. Gifts made between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. may...

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