Outdoors briefs: Upland game project funding available

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting applications through March 13 for funds for upland game bird habitat enhancement projects in central Washington.

The funding comes from the Dave Wallace Account for Upland Game Bird Habitat Enhancement, dedicated to upland game bird habitat projects on public and private property in Adams, Grant, Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Kittitas counties.

The account was established in memory of a longtime upland game bird hunter and advocate from Ephrata.

Groups, agencies or individuals are eligible for funding.

Applicants may obtain a packet at the Ephrata regional office, 1550 Alder St., or by calling 509-754-4624, or at the Wenatchee district office, 3860 Chelan Highway N., or by calling 509-662-0452.

Waterfowl class set

Yakima Valley Audobon member and author Andy Stepniewski will present a class on area waterfowl 9-11:30 a.m. March 7 at the Yakima Area Arboretum.

The presentation will focus on identification and general biology of area waterfowl and be followed with a visit to Ken Taylor's waterfowl collection in Selah.

Class fee is $12, or $10 for YAA members.

Call the Yakima Area Arboretum at 248-7337 for reservations.

NE Oregon cougar population unchanged

LA GRANDE, Ore. -- The cougar population in northeastern Oregon was relatively unchanged last year although statewide numbers are up.

Figures released by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife indicate that total cougar mortality in northeastern Oregon in 2008 was close to what it was in 2007.

Records show that in 2008 a total of 171 cougars were killed in the Blue Mountains Cougar Management Quota Zone, only 11 fewer than in 2007.