Outdoors

Check out new RVs at Puyallup show, create a backyard wildlife sanctuary, bad winter impacts pheasants

The Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program run by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife can help attract more wildlife to your home.
The Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program run by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife can help attract more wildlife to your home. jmayor@thenewstribune.com

Camping

Checkout newest RVs at show

The last big RV show before summer, the 43rd Puyallup RV Show, will run Thursday through May 7 at the Washington State Fair Event Center in Puyallup.

This year’s show has a Western theme, complete with a Used RV Corral, Western Treasure Hunt for the kids and Buckaroo pony and horse rides.

There will be 17 dealers displaying the newest models of RVs and manufactured homes. There also is a full slate of seminars, including sessions led by Gary Bunzer, “The RV Doctor.”

Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 7.

Discount tickets are available in advance online: $8 for adults ($10 at the gate), $7 for ages 62 and older ($9 at the gate), and children 17 and younger are free with a paid adult admission. Parking in the Blue Lot is free.

For information, go to at puyalluprvshow.com.

Habitat

Create a backyard sanctuary

To stem the loss of bird habitat to housing and commercial development, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has developed its Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program. The department estimates more than 35,000 acres of wildlife habitat is lost each year to development.

Elizabeth Rodrick will talk about the program when she speaks as part of the Black Hills Audubon Society’s Speaker Series on May 11.

Rodrick recently retired after a 35-year career with the agency. While there, she worked on a western gray squirrel project, bald eagle nest protection, and helped protect more than 200,000 acres of wildlife habitat statewide.

The sanctuary program encourages property owners to add vegetation to attract wildlife, eliminate threats from pets and predators, and provide food sources and water for wildlife.

The event will run 7-9 p.m., with the presentation starting at 7:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia.

For information, go to blackhills-audubon.org.

Hunting

Winter conditions impact pheasants

The state’s cold and snowy winter likely had a negative impact on pheasant populations.

That is the assessment from Pheasants Forever. The habitat and conservation organization recently released its winter habitat report.

“We have had deep snow in some areas, and now we are receiving a lot of rain,” Angelique Curtis said in the report. She is the small-game section manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “We don’t know how spring will hold up. We are hoping landscapes will dry out and the weather will stay warm. Right now, pheasants are having to do a lot of work to get some food.”

The report said that at lower elevations, where pheasants typically find ample cover from predators, snowpack remains or it is weighed down and bent over, which is not ideal for nesting.

If spring weather remains warm and fairly dry, the ample moisture will increase grass and forb growth, and produce insects vital for feeding during nesting and brood-rearing seasons.

Looking back at last season, Curtis said, early harvest numbers are higher than the two previous seasons.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor,

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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