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Photo by Crystal Atamian.

A Bird and a Baby: Confessions of a Sage Grouse Conservationist

Why are the things that leave us shaking and wide-eyed with fear or adrenaline the very things that define us and that we often love with a vengeance? Oddly, this describes my relationship with greater sage-grouse. My first experience with that chicken-like resident of sage brush country left my husband and I curled in the …

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Photo of river otters by Kyle Merritt.

Critters in the City: Downtown Spokane’s Urban Wildlife Hikes

Eating sushi or sipping craft cocktails at a city café isn’t the typical start to a wildlife watching hike, but downtown Spokane is unique in that regard. Both the Spokane River and Latah Creek serve as wildlife corridors for a surprising list of species. Miles of lightly developed, forested park and residential land extend the …

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Trail/Conservation Projects

Trail / conservation projects Current Trail Projects in the Inland Northwest Spokane Country Regional Trails Plan: What Is It? Here is an excerpt from the plan… Purpose of the Plan The purpose of the Spokane County Regional Trail Plan is to guide development and maintenance of a county-wide network of trails to serve the needs …

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Guest Editorial: A Call to Action in Support of the Land & Water Conservation Fund

Guest Editorial By Jeff Lambert, Executive Director, Dishman Hills Conservancy The terrific Land and Water Conservation Fund lapsed due to Congress inaction. The LWCF has been successful for 50 years in funding many local parks and conservation areas using a small portion of the royalties paid to the federal government from oil and gas leases. …

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Hike of the Month: Feryn Ranch Conservation Area (Spokane County Parks)

A stop on the Audubon Society’s Palouse to Pines Loop, this 164-acre Conservation Futures property is a good place to acquire an appreciation for bird watching. Identified as a migration corridor for 108 bird species, visitors should bring a bird book or download a good identification app to help determine what one is seeing. Don’t …

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A variety of songbirds use the shoreline grasses and reeds of area wetlands to hunt insects and keep an eye on predators. Photo: Aaron Theisen

Spring Wildlife Hikes

Like some people, wildlife get winter-weary too. Fortunately there are plenty of opportunities for both to bask in the warming temperatures of early spring. A transition zone between the Cascades and Rocky Mountains, eastern Washington’s low-elevation wetlands, rivers and forests provide the perfect habitat for a rich array of plant and animal life, including some …

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Hike of the Month: Antoine Peak Conservation Area (Spokane County Parks)

As the snow begins to pile up in the high country, try one of the closer peaks for some last-chance hiking before it’s time to dust off the snowshoes. With two trailheads and numerous route options, the 1,100-acre Antoine Peak Conservation Area rewards hikers with views of the surrounding valley within the first mile. Choose …

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The Future Of Conservation Futures

Belts are tight and land is cheap. Many landowners are eager to sell. Conservation Futures, Spokane County’s environmental preservation program, is ready to buy. For the first time in five years, one of Spokane County’s most popular programs, Conservation Future,s opened its e-mail account this summer for property nominations. They’re seeking willing sellers for prime …

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