Nature

The Human Traits of Magpies

The first time I encountered the mischievous antics of a black-billed magpie was during my first cross-country drive. I was setting up camp in Arches …

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Wildfires

Fire on the Mountain

When the Grateful Dead sang, “Fire on the Mountain,” they didn’t mean forest fires. Ten years later James Hansen delivered his global warming report to …

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Photo of snowmelt.

Slow, Steady, and Deep: The Far-Reaching Effects of a Mountain Snowpack

The snow is off the roof. Hopefully we are done scraping our windshields. But we can look out and still see snow in the high …

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Shallan Knowles

Vernal Pools: The Habitat of Spring

Spring is the time to look for fleeting vernal pools. These habitats are teaming with aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals—especially with the amphibians that …

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Close up photo of hawk.

Boise, Idaho—Smartphone App to Aid Raptor Conservation

For the last five years, the Boise, Idaho, based Peregrine Fund has collaborated with researchers in Africa on a pilot project called the African Raptor …

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Photo of caribou crossing the road with mountains in the background.

North Idaho—Lawsuit Launched to Protect Mountain Caribou

Conservation groups issued a formal notice in February of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to finalize endangered species …

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Tundra Swan Festival on Saturday, March 16

When you think of eastern Washington, your first thoughts may not include elegant swans. Pend Oreille County, located in the northeast corner of the state …

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Photo of jogger running across bridge in Turnbull.

Where to Look for Animal Tracks in Spokane and North Idaho

There are many great places to find wildlife tracks this winter, including our two local wildlife refuges. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, located in the channeled …

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Snowshoe Hare tracks in snow.

Hunt for Animal Tracks on Snowy Hikes

When the snow falls it creates a great opportunity to get outside and look for signs of our region’s abundant wildlife. Taking time to identify …

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