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MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, 9:05 A.M.

Biologist investigates how to improve CRP for pheasants

UPLAND BIRDS -- The Conservation Reserve Program has been a boost for wildlife in many areas, but everyone agrees that the type of vegetation planted in the retired farmlands is critical to its subsequent value to wildlife.  Some plantings have left cover, but little food value for birds such as pheasants.

On Tuesday, Joey McCanna, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department upland game bird specialist, will present information from his research project “Invertebrate Population Response to Native and Non-Native Forb and Legume Improvements to Existing Conservation Reserve Program Lands.” 

In other words, will a different mix of plants in CRP improve the production of bugs that will boost the nutrition and survival of upland birds, such as pheasants?

Check it out:  Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council’s general meeting, 6116 N. Market St.

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.