Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications
With recent bear sightings in Bothell and Renton, and the start of camping and cook-out season, we want to make sure you are prepared with essential tips for living with wildlife here in the Pacific Northwest. We’re dedicating June 4 to a day of programming that will show you how to avoid attracting bears to your home and campsite, while also showing you how to attract wildlife you do want to your backyard, including birds and butterflies.
Join us June 4 for our annual Bear Affair and Big Howl for Wolves presented by Brown Bear Car Wash. You’ll meet bear ecologist and adventurer Chris Morgan who’ll make a guest appearance for bear demonstrations and a book signing. Watch grizzlies rip through a mock campsite and a yard setting in the naturalistic grizzly bear exhibit. Learn safety camping tips by Boy Scouts. Talk to representatives from Wolf Haven International and Conservation Northwest. Get up close to a Karelian bear dog and find out how these Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife partner dogs play an essential role in training nuisance bears to avoid human contact. Get the full schedule online.
Then head down to the zoo’s Family Farm between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the same day to celebrate the opening of the new Backyard Habitat garden. You and your family will have the chance to dig in the dirt and plant seeds, observe and identify birds, participate in citizen science and learn how to create habitat for wildlife in your own backyard, schoolyard or community garden.
The Backyard Habitat garden, generously funded by the Boeing Company and the Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation, shows visitors how to bring wildlife closer to home, from providing food, water, shelter and places to raise young to reducing the use of chemicals in your yard. The garden also serves as a programming space to learn how to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your backyard, select and care for native plants, place feeders and bird houses, and get your garden certified as a Backyard Habitat.
Photos (from top): Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo, Jenny Mears/Woodland Park Zoo. Video produced by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.