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Teachers learn to make the outdoors their classroom

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Bonni Villaman and Deanna Wilson, both elementary school teachers, set the tone of the day early by ramming their canoe into a kayak being piloted by another teacher.

SEATTLE - A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.

YREKA, Calif. - State wildlife officials said Monday they believe a gray wolf has been roaming the wilds of Northern California.

LAKE CREEK, Ore. - Perhaps the Southern Oregon outdoor fanatics who have fared best from the worst back-to-back drought years on record here are those who will be crouched against the base of an oak tree next week decked out in camo and holding shotguns.

FRESNO, Calif. - For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Great horned owlettes are hatching, coyotes are denning and rattlesnakes are still groggy - all signals that it's prime time to hike, bike or ride a horse through the sagebrush country of Eastern Washington.

...They are commonly called "purple sailors," ''little sail," and "by the wind sailors."The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says die-offs occur each spring along beaches from Oregon to California.- Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The death of 100 birds in the San Francisco Bay Area has baffled wildlife officials who say the creatures' feathers were coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like rubber cement.

Pike poisoning underway in Soldotna

They couldn't have timed it better. As the last of the interagency team of invasive northern pike killers stepped off of the Derks Lake on Thursday, it began to snow in Soldotna.


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