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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017

A mountain grouse track crosses a snowshoe hare track before the bird launched to fly away. (Rich Landers)

Critter tracks read like story in the snow

WILDLIFE -- On Sunday morning while reading the newspaper, I contemplated several options for the day. My decision was made when I called the Mount Spokane State Park nordic ski trails hotline (238-4025) for the recorded snow conditions report. When Park Manager Steve Christensen said...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017

Wind-packed or crusted snow covering vast areas and make it difficult for wildlife to move and feed.

 (Randy Belstad / Courtesy)

Boiler plate snow cover tough on wildlife

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The wind-packed or sun-crusted snow blanketing much of the region delivers one of the most difficult conditions for wintering birds and a wildlife. Crusty snow with mild temperatures is more deadly than powdery snow and frigid cold. It's time to rein in...

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017


FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017


THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017

A Montana grizzly bear feeds on huckleberries. (Jaime Johnson)

Grizzly bear delisting put on hold 

ENDANGERED SPECIES – Federal officials are delaying their decision on whether to lift protections for more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park and allow controlled hunting in some areas outside of the park, the Associated Press reports. Despite expert opinions that...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017

Coyote and badger at Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in northern Colorado. (Kimberly Fraser / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Photos: Coyote, badger hunt together  

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A coyote and badger hunting together on the prairie surrounding the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in northern Colorado, confirmed in photos, seems like a very unusual association. But U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services biologists say coyotes and badgers are known to...

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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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MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2016


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

Hungarian partridge plump in in bitter-cold December temperatures in Montana. (Jaimie Johnson)

Birds fluff up and take winter cold in stride

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- For being light a fragile, birds are incredible at surviving cold that drives humans indoors. Birds are warm blooded, which means their bodies maintain a constant temperature, often around 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Since they can't just throw a log on the fire,...

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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016


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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




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