Etcetera - 4/18/13

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Birds will gain some shelter at a spot a half-mile north of the Spofford elevator Saturday when Pheasants Forever members and other volunteers team to plant more than 300 shrubs in a 300-foot-long tarp.

Larry Boe is coordinating the event that will begin around 9 a.m. It’s a great opportunity for high school students who are earning 40 hours of community service to graduate, he said.

“We are now on the list of community service jobs they can get credit for. So bring the kids and your dog. If we have a large turnout we should be done in 3 or 4 hours.”

Coming from Walla Walla, head south on Stateline Road, turn right onto Elliott Road and west continue toward the elevator. The group will be on the west side of the railroad tracks, south of a dry creekbed.

Refreshments will be provided.

Larry said they will plant more in other areas this spring in their conservation efforts.

“We had an interesting time laying the tarp,” Larry said about the preparations for the planting. Dave Corbett located and donated a small single-bottom plow that Mike Davis modified to attach to a pickup or SUV to dig the trench in which to bury the tarp’s edges. Mike attached it to Randy Snyder’s Jeep Cherokee. “After three hours of plowing and shoveling and raking we got the tarp installed, and if I may say so, we did a very good job.” Others who volunteered for this part of the job included Carl Bisgard, Gary Benson and Jim Sonne.

In other habitat related-efforts they sprayed deer repellent on 270 ponderosa pine trees and 100 shrubs at the Woodward Canyon site. Nearly all the pine trees were browsed by deer. The repellent is a mix of pig blood and other nauseating fluids. “Assuming the repellent works, we’ll periodically spray until the trees are safe. If you’re interested in participating in this smelly activity let me know,” Larry said.

Six sites have been planted with 494 shrubs so far this year and members distributed 2,500 pounds of food-plot seed. Another 100 pounds of perennial grass seed for nesting cover was distributed on a total of eight acres at three sites.

For more details about Pheasants Forever activities and meetings, email bmpf258@charter.net .


The Walla Walla High School Girls Varsity Softball team will hold a fight against breast cancer game Friday.

All money raised at the doubleheader games against Kennewick will go to the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Lifesaver and Breast Cancer Special Needs funds, according to Amy Storm in a release.

Donations will be collected between the first and second games. Longtime coach and friend of the Wa-Hi Softball program Carol Peterson will be honored. Starting time is 3 p.m. at Murr Field at the corner of Abbott Road and Fern Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink in support, “Cancer can’t score against the Blue Devils!”

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