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West Fargo Pioneer
Arlene Esther Bratland
Joanne Marie Thoemke
Becky M. Fjestad
Erland "Squirrel" Wateland
Kenneth "Kenny" Allen Graveline
October 11, 2016
Zen and the art of hawk watching: Identifying migrating raptors always a challenge
When the inevitable chilly breeze from the north shows up in September, I get the same urge every year. The urge to find a spot with a broad...
October 11, 2016 - 10:18am
September 7, 2016
Flight Lines: Beautiful volume worth a spot on shelf
Even the book's cover enchants. One cannot help but be mesmerized by the dramatic photograph centered on it. Four Mongolian horsemen are seen...
September 7, 2016 - 8:20am
August 24, 2016
Flight Lines: Feathers and leaves comparable
It was one of those fortunate moments last week when a person gets the opportunity to stop and fully inhale his surroundings, however brief it...
August 24, 2016 - 10:59am
August 10, 2016
Flight Lines: Riding Mountain, the other nearby national park
It had been on my radar for many years. Like all those big, green, inviting splotches found while poring over maps, Riding Mountain National...
August 10, 2016 - 8:03am
July 27, 2016
Flight Lines: Rest easy birders, the future is bright
"Hey, Keith. Hey, Keith," the voice on the other side of the fence shouted. "Guess what we saw today? A green heron," said Clay Schultze, excitedly...
July 27, 2016 - 7:16am
July 14, 2016
Flight Lines with VIDEO: Willet's scientific name changed
They did it to us again. After savoring the beautiful scientific name Catoptrophorus semipalmatus for more than 200 years, scientists have seen...
July 14, 2016 - 8:00am
June 29, 2016
Flight Lines: Bug hunter declining in numbers
If anyone has had the chance to see one of the three North American ptarmigan (Lagopus sp.) species in the wild, you know what I'm talking about...
June 29, 2016 - 7:03am
June 15, 2016
Video: Meadowlark recognized as symbol of west
I wasn't around when the debate took place in Bismarck to determine just what bird would represent the great state of North Dakota as its avian...
June 15, 2016 - 8:00am
June 3, 2016
NEW: Flight Lines Video: Even images in hand won't stop mistaken identities
It happens with startling regularity. The misidentification of birds, that is. We all do it, even those of us who claim to be pretty good at...
June 3, 2016 - 10:57am
Flight Lines: Bird watchers aren't creepers
Earlier this month word spread of a rare bird showing up at a residence in the town of Leeds, N. D. It had been years since someone had seen...
May 3, 2016 - 1:59pm
April 6, 2016
Flight Lines: Raven’s call always stops me in my tracks
For whatever reason, there is a specific bird call that, when heard, will stop me in my tracks every time, and I’m not entirely sure why. It...
April 6, 2016 - 4:00am
March 9, 2016
Flight Lines: Birding in the digital age
Back in the era of Baird, Wilson and Audubon, it took a skilled marksman to study birds. Getting feathered carcasses in hand – via the barrel...
March 9, 2016 - 11:12am
February 24, 2016
Flight Lines: The slow pace of winter birding in valley
Bird watching during February in the Red River Valley is not a crowded hobby. After the Christmas Bird Count is finished, the number of people...
February 24, 2016 - 2:59am
February 9, 2016
Local VFW sponsors hunter safety course
A hunters education course with instructors Melisa Toepke-Peterson and Juel Halstenson will be sponsored by the West Fargo VFW Post 7564 and Auxiliary Feb. 25-March 9. Sessions will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 1 and 3. Classes will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 5. There...
February 9, 2016 - 5:07pm
February 3, 2016
Flight Lines: Scarlet Tanager comes oh-so-close to a record
It sounds as though 175 square miles constitute a sizable chunk of terra firma in which to census birds in a 24-hour period. Yet that is precisely...
February 3, 2016 - 4:00am