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FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2017

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2016

A family of trumpeter swans hangs out at Cheever Lake on Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge as late as early December in 2015. (Carlene Hardt)

Trumpeter swans back at Turnbull Refuge 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- In what's become an expected annual event, trumpeter swans beckoned by ice-free waters have returned to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Here's a Valentine's Day (Sunday) report from reader Barbara Morrissey: Six trumpeter swans arrived 2/14/16 afternoon at about 4 p.m., with their...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015

SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2015

Tundra swans risk their lives visiting the Silver Valley, as mining waste pollution kills some of them every year. (File)

Tundra swans flocking to region's open water

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Recent unseasonably warm weather has invited birds into the region, including tundra swans that are finding open water from eastern Washington into the Silver Valley of North Idaho. Their migration farther north isn't likely to kick into high gear for awhile, but...

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MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013

A flock of pintail ducks in flight. (Jaime Johnson)

Migrating waterfowl making a buzz at Turnbull

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Migrating waterfowl are providing plenty of noise and action for birdwatchers visiting Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this week. Here's today's report from Mike Rule, refuge wildlife biologist: For the past week there have been over 100 white swans on Turnbull National Wildlife...

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MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2013

Fifteen trumpeter swans were counted on Middle Pine Pond at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 16, 2013. (Carlene Hardt)

Trumpeter swans flocking to Turnbull

WILDLIFE -- Just a few years ago we were amazed to see a single Trumpeter swan return Solo year after year, decade after decade at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. That old bird left his mark. After finally mating and producing a few broods, trumpeter swans...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012

A trumpeter swan cygnet makes its first flight on Oct. 7 at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge (Carlene Hardt)

Turnbull cygnet makes first short flight

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The ducks that were hatched this spring have been flying for months. But ducks and even geese aren't the largest of all native North American wildfowl. The trumpeter swans that hatched in mid-June at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge have required the entire...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012

THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012

Tundra swans stop at Calispell Lake near Usk in Pend Oreille County. (Bill Morlin)

Sign up: Pend Oreille Valley Tundra Swan Day

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Organized outings and access to experts are among the benefits of visiting festivals celebrating the arrival of migrating birds. Tundra Swan Day in the Pend Oreille Valley, set for March 17, is a good example of locals sharing a wildlife spectacle in...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011

THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

Tundra swans risk their lives visiting the Silver Valley, as mining waste pollution kills some of them every year. (File)

How to distinguish tundra swans from trumpeters

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- With spring migration in full tilt, it's difficult to overlook the large white swans mixing with other waterfowl in the region's lakes and wetlands. But it's easy to miss the dintinction between the trumpeter swans and the tundra swans. This article in...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

More swans sighted, but big freeze coming

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Another report on tundra swans in the region, this one coming from Warren Current in the Colville area: "Yesterday afternoon I saw seven tundra swans along the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt just south of Colville Flats (Highway 25). Other species in the...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

A trumpeter swan, likely the die-hard resident dubbed Solo, takes off across a pond at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge last April. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Birders asked to help track Turnbull trumpeters

WATERFOWL -- Ice-up has ushered the trumpeter swans out of Turnbull National Wildlife refuge to where ever they go during winter.Solo, the geriatric patriarch of his growing trumpeter family, departed the refuge with his mate and this year's crop of five cygnets during Thanksgiving week,...

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