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SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011


THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

Idaho's specialty license plate benefiting trail work in the Selway and Frank Church wilderness areas debuted in February 2011. (Courtesy photo)

Idaho offers 'wilderness' license plate

CONSERVATION -- Idaho is offering several new specialty vehicle license plates this year, including one that benefits mountain biking programs and one to help manage Idaho's premier wilderness areas. The wildernes plate, sponsored by the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, benefits trail maintenance and wilderness stewardship...

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A clump of buttercups are among the first flowers of the coming season. (Mike Prager)

Spring birds filling the wet scablands

NATURE WATCHING -- January's warm streak was cruel, luring buttercups to bloom prematurely west of Spokane. But now they're blooming with confidence around town, and birds are flocking in all around us. Spokane Auduboner Kim Thorburn takes a special interest in the Swanson Lakes Wildlife...

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Rafael Izquierdo-Spencer monitors bluebird nesting progress at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge last spring during one of the bi-weekly field trips with other Discovery School second-graders. 
 (Photo by Lorna Kropp / The Spokesman-Review)

Friends of Turnbull benefit March 27

CONSERVATION -- The 4th annual dinner and auction fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is set for March 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. in Spokane. The events helps fund Turnbull’s environmental education...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011



How to kill big-game with a snowmobile

WINTER SPORTS -- I wish I could say it's uncommon for people to chase wildlife on motor vehicles, but it's not. I've seen it often, and heard about it more often. And some people, such as the snowmobiler above in Colorado, are bold enough to...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival coming soon

BIRDWATCHING -- Reservations are filling for field trips during the Othello Sandhill Crane Crane Festival scheduled for March 25-27. The are excellent educational opportunities on field subjects ranging from Ice Age Floods -- check out the guided hiket through the Drumheller Channels National Landmark --...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

'This Could Be True' item of the week

HUNTING -- The inscription on the metal bands used by the U.S. Department of the Interior to tag migratory birds has been changed, according to totally believable sources on the Internet. The bands used to bear the address of the Washington Biological Survey, which was...

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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

Wildlife Commission did lot of listening in Spokane

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Wildlife managers, sportsmen and elected officials all bent the ear of the six panelists who attended the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. The hottest topic was the four-point minimum whitetail buck rule...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2011

FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011

Six candidates named for IFG director

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission just announced the six candidates the panel is considering for director of the Idaho Fish and Game Department. The candidates, who come from inside and outside the agnecy, will be interviewed by the commissioners this month...

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Photographer fined for baiting bighorn

WILDLIFE -- A Montana photographer has been convicted of illegally feeding bighorn sheep near Big Sky Road in order to photograph them with the area's signature mountain -- Lone Peak -- in the background. The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department says 35-year-old Ryan Molde...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

4-point buck rule on commission's Spokane agenda

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will hear public comment on proposals for 2011 big-game hunting seasons when it meets Friday and Saturday at the Spokane Convention Center. State officials didn't do sportsmen any favors by booking the meeting downtown at the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011



Sid Marty is a leading Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and author. (Courtesy photo)

Big week for outdoor-related programs, meetings

OUTDO -- It's a big week of mostly free activities in Spokane, including nature photographer Art Wolfe, Canadian singer-songwriter conservationist Sid Marty, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, whitewater rafting vendors, youth hunting clinic, snowshoing tours and more. Check them out here.

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Fish and Wildlife cops have another busy week

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – Snowmobilers and ATVers who are not good at reading signs continue to exercise the ticket-writing hands of Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers. Three wildlife officers joined with a Colville National Forest officer last week to follow up on a tip that...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

A northern flicker stops for a bite of suet from a backyard feeder in North Spokane on Thursday. The flicker is a type of woodpecker. (Bill Morlin)

Robins looking forward to spring, too

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bird feeders are especially alive with activity in this cold weather as birds -- and other wildlife -- look for easy calories. To get a cross section of species, you need seed feeders filled separatel with black sunflower seeds and others with...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

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