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Bear encounters lead to trail closures

Bear encounters lead to trail closures

Two trail areas in the Beehive and Harrison Lakes regions have been temporarily closed following recent bear activity. A bear entering a campsite near the Beehive Lakes Trail and removing camping equipment and food led to the closure.

 

The Beehive Lakes Trail and and Harrison Lake Trail are both closed until further notice to protect public safety. There is a mandatory food storage order in effect in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest from April 1 through December annually.

 

Forest Rangers want to remind people that while bear sightings are not unusual, it is still important to exercise extreme caution as the animals can be unpredictable. There is no word on when the trails might open again.  

Leap of faith for four little geese

Spring is in the air in more ways than one. Yesterday morning four goslings took their first leap from the nest.

 

The gosling eggs were laid in the osprey nest at Memorial Field. The osprey cam caught the mother goose laying her first egg on March 19th. She then returned over multiple days until she had laid an entire clutch. The goslings hatched live on osprey cam on Monday, April 22nd.

 

Yesterday morning the little geese bravely followed their parents and made the 100 foot drop off the nesting landing. Unfortunately, as they made their way to water, they were attacked by another male goose and one little gosling didn't survive. It was, however, recovered and given a proper burial by a lady who lives near the field.

 

Dirty Dash registration opens

Dirty Dash registration opens

 

The popular Dirty Dash opened registration today for the 2013 “race” to be held at Riverside State Park on July 13.

Loyalty registration, which runs until Jan. 30, costs only $35. After that the price to sign up steadily rises the closer we get to the event.

“Resolve to make 2013 your dirtiest yet and we guarantee to make that happen for you in one unforgettable morning of feasting on filth, groveling through grime, delighting in dirt, and wallowing in mud rather than self-pity,” a news release from Dirty Dash said.

Sign up at thedirtydash.com.

Tuesday evening stretch above Sandpoint

Tuesday evening stretch above Sandpoint

One of the ospreys nesting above Sandpoint stretched its wings just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Sandpoint Online is testing out a new view on their osprey webcam to show the tents from the recent festival.

You can go look at the ospreys whenever you want on their webcam streaming 24/7

Osprey making their nest look like home

Osprey making their nest look like home

A pair of Osprey at Sandpoint’s Memorial Field have been busy in the way that makes their nest looks a lot like home.

Avid watchers of the birds are wondering when we’ll see eggs. The webcam was turned on last month after the nesting platform was installed on top of new lighting at the field.

Signs of “bedroom activity” were spotted earlier in April and now we wait. The male has been out and about bringing back fish. The female has been hanging out inside the nest the majority of the time.

Jane Fink, a biologist with Birds of Prey Northwest out of St. Maries, has been documenting the bird’s activity on the webcam’s website. Her last update was on April 26th regarding the addition of the “nest cup”, the depression that keeps future eggs in place and provide the right temperature.

Osprey web cam launches at War Memorial Field

Osprey web cam launches at War Memorial Field

For those of you stuck indoors during your lunch break, you have a window into nature through the official launch of an Osprey Cam in Sandpoint.

The camera was built during the first phase of a $1,375,000 million capital improvement plan at War Memorial Field on Lake Pend Oreille. During the first phase, the City of Sandpoint installed new lighting. Two of the light poles had Osprey nests so they built a pair of nesting platforms on top of the new light poles.

Bird lovers are now waiting to see if Ospreys move into the new home 100 feet in the air.

When we checked the web cam at 5:16 p.m. today, there was no sign of avian activity. Apparently we missed them by about a hour. Sandpoint Online says they were there around 4 p.m. They've seen some Osprey activity since they've turned on the camera, but nothing to suggest new homeowners. Also spotted on the web cam: snow showers and rowdy geese. 

Meeting Set Over Plan to Protect Caribou Habitat

Meeting Set Over Plan to Protect Caribou Habitat

A federal plan to protect habitat for woodland caribou has become a hot topic in North Idaho.  So Bonner County commissioners will meet with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials last this month with the goal of altering that plan.

Commissioners are concerned the plan to designate nearly 600 square miles of land in north Idaho and northeastern Washington as critical habitat will harm the local economy by restricting logging, snowmobiling and forest access.

Commissioners tell the Bonner County Daily Bee the meeting is set for Jan. 24 at the Inn at Priest Lake in Coolin.

Commissioners are working to form a coalition with other counties impacted by the federal plan made in November, while also insisting the Fish and Wildlife Service coordinate with them on the habitat designation.