Washington State Department of Agriculture http://kplu.org en State seeking volunteers for bird flu tests on backyard flocks http://kplu.org/post/state-seeking-volunteers-bird-flu-tests-backyard-flocks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are urging owners of backyard chicken to sign up their flock for bird flu testing.</span></p><p>The state is trying to prevent an outbreak of a new strain of bird flu like the one recently seen in China. At least&nbsp;<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/death-toll-bird-flu-china-rises-36-202652806.html" target="_blank">36 people have died</a>&nbsp;of the disease since March.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8825 at http://kplu.org State seeking volunteers for bird flu tests on backyard flocks The hunt is back on for gypsy moths in Washington http://kplu.org/post/hunt-back-gypsy-moths-washington <p>The gypsy moth is considered to be the most destructive forest pest in the country. When they&#39;re caterpillars, they have a voracious appetite for almost any kind of tree or bush, and they can strip a tree bare overnight.</p><p>Gypsy moth caterpillars<a href="http://agr.wa.gov/PlantsInsects/InsectPests/GypsyMoth/ControlEfforts/7ReasonsToEradicate.aspx"> are capable of defoliating</a> hundreds of thousands of acres of forest per year. This month, the <a href="http://agr.wa.gov/PlantsInsects/InsectPests/GypsyMoth/">Washington State Department of Agriculture</a> is installing thousands of gypsy moth traps around the state.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5513 at http://kplu.org The hunt is back on for gypsy moths in Washington