Posted by: columbiahighlands | March 15, 2011

Birds of the Inland Northwest

The variety and size of unspoiled habitats in the Columbia Highlands support a birder’s paradise. From the San Poil to the Salmo-Priest, this region hosts several hundred bird species, including the greatest diversity of owls and woodpeckers in North America and some of the largest breeding populations of bald eagle and osprey in the state.

Great gray owl. Photo: Paul Bannick.

On March 22 in Spokane, noted naturalist and wildlife photographer Paul Bannick will share an intimate look at the Inland Northwest’s avian residents. Through rich storytelling and stunning photography, the product of thousands of hours in the wildlands of the Columbia Highlands, Paul will detail the life cycle of these birds, from mating, breeding, fledging, hunting and feeding. Paul’s presentation connects the lives of our regions birds with the habitats in which they live.

Paul is the author of The Owl and the Woodpecker: Encounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds, one of the best-selling bird books in North America and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award for general non-fiction. National Public Radio’s blog recommended The Owl and the Woodpecker as one of the top five photography books of 2009.

  • Date: March 22nd, 2011
  • Time: 7 – 9pm
  • Location: Bing Crosby Theatre, 901 W. Sprague, Spokane, WA
  • $5 donation at the door
  • Sponsored by Conservation Northwest with support from Friends of Turnbull Wildlife Refuge, Inland Northwest Land Trust, Palouse Audubon, Spokane Audubon, The Lands Council, and Upper Columbia River Group-Sierra Club


  1. i’ll be there!

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