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FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 2017

TUESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2017


This is what the Slavin Conservation Area looked like in November, after the grash had grown tall and turned brown heading into winter. Chris Bonsignore, wetlands biologist for Ducks Unlimited, was leading a group through a DU engineered wetlands restoration project on the Slavin Conservation Area, one of more than 20 areas secured by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program.  (Rich Landers)

Ducks Unlimited banquet March 25 in Spokane

CONSERVATION –The Spokane Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its 12th annual fundraising dinner to benefit wetlands conservation in the Pacific Northwest. The event will start at 5 p.m. on March 25 at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane Valley. "This fun, family friendly event...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2017

Snow geese at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in California. (Barbara Rich)

Birding festivals abound across the country in 2017

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bird festivals bring experts and fledgling birders together at national wildlife refuges throughout the year and from coast to coast. National wildlife refuges often are festival sites because so many are located along the country’s key migratory bird routes. Many festivals coincide...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

A sub-zero air temperature produces fog around waterfowl huddled on a pond at sunrise.  (Associated Press)

Down was made for weathering winter

WATERFOWL -- Ducks -- you'll find them looking for open water during this cold snap -- are models promoting the effective qualities of down insulation as they hang out comfortably in below-zero conditions. Down is the lightest most compressible and efficient natural insulator for cold-weather...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016


A flying flock of teal – bluewing or cinnamon – photographed by Steve Jamsa of Bonners Ferry is the grand prize runner-up in the 2014 Ducks Unlimited photo contest.

Idaho sets migratory bird hunting seasons

HUNTING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has approved seasons and limits for all ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, doves, and crows for 2016. A new process and schedule, established in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was used this year. It allows...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016

TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2015

MONDAY, AUG. 10, 2015

A flying flock of teal – bluewing or cinnamon – photographed by Steve Jamsa of Bonners Ferry is the grand prize runner-up in the 2014 Ducks Unlimited photo contest.

Waterfowl seasons set; record duck hatch reported

HUNTING -- With a record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved migratory waterfowl hunting seasons last weekend. Under the waterfowl hunting package, most hunting opportunities approved by the commission will be similar to last year....

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MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015


Sandhill cranes are an annual spring attraction near Othello.   (File Associated Press)

Othello gears up for Sandhill Crane Festival

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The headline attraction at the annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival has already arrived for the March 27-29 series of programs, field trips and banquets based out of Othello, Wash. Founded in 1998, the festival highlights the spring return of migrating sandhill cranes...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2014

Duck hunting poster.

You bagged a banded duck; now what? 

Q. I shot a mallard recently that had an aluminum band around its leg. How do I report it? A. To report the band, call toll-free to 1-800-327-2263 (BAND) or report online. You can keep the band, as most duck hunters want to do. The...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

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