Joining the climbers’ festival party

A rock climber nears the top of a route at The Erratic cliffs at Wild Iris near Lander, Wyo., on Saturday. Hundreds of climbers participated in the International Climbers' Festival last week. (Jerry Painter photo)

A friend who was new to the International Climbers’ Festival wanted to know about the sleeping arrangements in Lander, Wyoming.

Be bear aware this huckleberry season

A grizzly bear walks through a huckleberry patch. Courtesy Idaho Fish and Game

It’s that time of year again — the huckleberries are arriving. If you’re anything like me you can’t wait to get outdoors in search of those delicious berries. But before you head out the door, here are a few reminders to make your berry picking experience a little safer.

It’s baby season in the wild

This is the baby season, a time when wildlife numbers reach their peak for the year. Terry Thomas /

As soon as the snow retreats, the woods, the marshes and the sagebrush habitats begin to stretch and yawn, working muscles dormant over a long winter. It doesn’t take long for the collective metabolism to begin to burn like a forest fire as the season of warmth and plenty is brief and the race is on to create the next generation.

Common nighthawk have some not-so-common traits

A common nighthawk rests on a tree branch at Camas National Wildlife Refuge. Terry Thomas /

A half-dozen birds swooped across the sky on long pointed wings several weeks ago at Camas National Wildlife Refuge. They were moving so fast in an erratic bounding flight that it was hard to track them with binoculars, but when we could “lock on” a white wing patch was easy to see toward the tip.



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