KENNEWICK -- The Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society (LCBAS) is holding its April meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kennewick First Lutheran Church on Yelm Street.
The featured speaker this month is Mike Gregg, the land management and research demonstration biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services based at the Mid-Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Burbank.
Gregg's presentation will focus on artificial burrow installation at the depot and the associated research focusing on migration and wintering areas of burrowing owls.
For more information, go to www.lcbas.org.
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Twisp couple pleads guilty in wolf killing case
SPOKANE -- A Twisp couple have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the killing of a protected gray wolf and an attempt to ship its bloody pelt to Canada.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 37-year-old Tom White pleaded guilty to killing two endangered gray wolves, in May and December 2008. His wife, Erin White, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export an endangered species.
Under a plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to recommend that Tom and Erin White be sentenced July 11 to three years' probation. Tom White agreed to pay fines and restitution of $30,000, with his wife paying $5,000.
The case stemmed from a 2008 report of a bloody package that had been left with a private shipping company in Omak. A suspicious employee called police, who opened the package and discovered a fresh wolf hide.
Where's a Yellowstone bear? Check your phone
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Pretty soon, the best place to be on the lookout for a wolf, grizzly bear or other wildlife in Yellowstone National Park could be your phone. Just don't be surprised if lots of other people get the same idea.
New smartphone apps enable people to pinpoint where they have recently seen animals in Yellowstone. Other people then can drive to those places for a wildlife viewing experience that otherwise wouldn't happen.
One app called Where's a Bear promises "up to the second" animal sightings in Yellowstone.