Outdoors

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)’s new fish, wildlife, and natural resource-themed lesson plan program for elementary, middle school, and high school students is launching its first live event on Friday. The Wild Washington lessons are developed for teachers,...
A WARNING ABOUT BACKYARD BIRD FEEDERS   The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a press release last week after receiving reports of sick and dead birds near backyard bird feeders in several Western Washington locations. According to WDFW veterinarian Kristin Mansfield, the die-off,...

Whitewater rafting on the White Salmon River. Courtesy Zoller’s Outdoor Odysseys
Call it the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic…People are discovering or rediscovering the great outdoors. This means the outdoors will likely be a crowded place in 2021 as well. This means now is the time to plan your outdoor adventures for the year. With that in mind, what will you resolve to...
Call it the silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic…People are discovering or rediscovering the great outdoors. This means the outdoors will likely be a crowded place in 2021 as well. This means now is the time to plan your outdoor adventures for the year. With that in mind, what will you...
OLYMPIA– The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program and regional park staff are reporting record visits at Sno-Parks across the state. As COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit indoor entertainment and gatherings, people are flocking to the outdoors, despite dropping temperatures...

An orca whale off of San Juan Island. Courtesy John Kruse
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has enacted new rules, meant to help resident orca whales, that will impact commercial whale watching boat operations in Puget Sound.   The endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) numbered as high as 98 in 1995 but declined to 74 orcas...

Jill Roth with a Columbia River fall Chinook salmon Courtesy Team Takedown Guide Service
There is a lot of news to cover as we roll into the new year covering everything from salmon forecasts to adjusted sportsmen’s show schedules to winter recreation in our state parks.   COLUMBIA RIVER FISH FORECAST – The Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife have issued their...

Courtesy John Kruse Christmas Bird Counts show Eurasian collard dove numbers are increasing in Eastern Washington.
It’s happened every year for 120 years and it will happen again in 2021, though the Covid-19 pandemic is making things a bit different this year. It’s the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and it takes place all over North America and other locales between December 14 and January 5. This is an annual...
WENATCHEE - The Jack and Edna Maguire Student Recreation Center (SRC) at Wenatchee Valley College has partnered with Mission Ridge to provide free lift tickets and equipment rentals to all enrolled WVC students.   Mission Ridge lift tickets and gear rentals are subject to availability and...
 STEHEKIN –The public is invited to comment on a preliminary proposal to reroute approximately 0.25 mile of the Stehekin Valley Road at milepost 5.5 in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.  The National Park Service (NPS) is planning this project in partnership with the Federal Highways...

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