The laws of nature are meant to be broken

A male (front) and female Wilson’s Phalarope in breeding plumage at Camas Prairie Wildlife Management Area near Fairfield. Terry Thomas /

We stared long and hard at the bird in our binoculars at Camas Prairie Wildlife Management Area near Fairfield. It was definitely a shorebird — quick movements, longish pointed black bill, long legs, but with rather plain markings.

ISU researchers explore salmonflies’ benefits, ecology

McKenna Adams maneuvers her kayak on the Henry’s Fork near the mouth of the Warm River.

Idaho State University researchers, including local master’s students Adam Eckersell and McKenna Adams, are studying salmonflies on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River and Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainages, exploring everything from the insect’s social impact on humans to their importance for providing pigmentation that can color the feathers of songbirds that feed on them.

Feeling like an old goat

A mountain goat stands high on the cliff walls along the Palisades Creek Trail during the spring of 2017. There were goats in the same area on Saturday, but the absent-minded columnist left his camera behind. (Jerry Painter photo)

I dug through my pack Saturday looking for my camera — I knew it was in there — but couldn’t find it. There was a mountain goat sitting high on a ledge watching the hikers go by along the Palisades Creek Trail. I found my camera later that day in a bag I’d packed but left behind. Oh well.

Outdoor news in brief

David Raisch of Pocatello hauled in this state record catch and release rainbow trout, measuring 30.5 inches, on March 22. Courtesy David Raisch

Pocatello man sets rainbow trout catch-and-release record

World’s tallest active geyser mysteriously awakens in Yellowstone

Steamboat Geyser emits a small jet of steam May 15 in Yellowstone National Park. Steamboat is the tallest active geyser in the world, sending columns of water up to 300 feet in the air. Rachel Leathe / Bozeman Daily Chronicle

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — It was the talk of the boardwalk. Everyone had heard that there was an unusually active geyser here in the Norris Geyser Basin, near the center of the park. A sign close to the parking lot showed the way, and a quarter-mile later visitors hit the platform above Steamboat Geyser, wondering aloud whether it was the one.

Amid debate, Wyoming approves Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt

FILE - In this July 6, 2011, file photo, a grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wyoming will decide Wednesday, May 23, 2018, whether to allow grizzly bear hunting for the first time in decades. Under the proposed rules before the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, hunting would begin Sept. 1 in the mountains and basins farthest from Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Hunting closer to the parks would begin Sept. 15 and end in all areas by Nov. 15. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A debate over whether the Yellowstone ecosystem’s grizzly bear population can thrive while being hunted will be put to the test this fall after Wyoming officials on Wednesday approved the state’s first grizzly hunt in 44 years.



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