Kingman, Kansas – June 16, 2014 – Pheasants Forever is hosting a quail habitat tour focusing on habitat diversity, interspersion, and the importance of native wildflowers and pollinator insects to raising successful broods of pheasants and quail. Partners assisting with the tour will be the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Mary Liz Jameson from Wichita State University’s Department of Biological Sciences. The tour is free and open to the public. Interested individuals should meet at 8:30 AM on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Kingman State Fishing Lake shelterhouse (830 State Lake Road, Kingman, KS 67068)
7.5 miles west of Kingman on Highway 54.
The tour will last approximately three hours. In the morning, we will start with a few short presentations covering the importance of vegetative diversity, grassland management, as well as wildflowers and insects important for successful gamebird populations. We will also try to link what we observe on the tour to how landowners may incorporate those practices on their lands. By 10:00 AM, we will be touring selected sites on the Wildlife Area for
short nature walks to see first-hand how the grasslands have responded to the management employed by Wildlife Area staff, as well as giving participants the opportunity to see and learn about native wildflowers and pollinator insects. We will highlight the three types of habitat necessary for quail to thrive, and how to manage your land to produce the desired habitat.
This workshop will offer some spectacular photo opportunities so remember to bring your cameras. Also make sure to wear long pants, sunscreen, and bug spray as this workshop will be held out in the field. Please dress accordingly. To see all that we hope to highlight in the field, participants should expect to walk a half-mile to mile through native
If you are interested in attending or would like more information on the tour, please contact the local Pheasants Forever Senior Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, Zac Eddy, at (620)338-7132 or [email protected] Likewise, please touch base with Zac if you have accommodation needs.
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There are more than 600 Pheasants Forever chapters across the U.S. and Canada, accounting for over 120,000 current members, and more than 100 Quail Forever chapters in the U.S. accounting for over 6,000 members. Pheasants Forever and Quail
Forever members are a diversified group of hunters, non-hunters, farmers, ranchers, landowners, conservation enthusiasts, and wildlife officials. The organization is for those who want to make a difference for wildlife by creating habitat, restoring wetlands, and protecting prairies.
Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists are specialized consultants in conservation programs and habitat planning. The purpose of Farm Bill wildlife biologists is to assist landowners in designing, developing, and funding habitat improvements on private lands. Farm Bill biologists possess the knowledge of federal, state, and local programs to assist landowners in finding the right program to meet their personal habitat and land use goals.
Through a unique partnership, Farm Bill biologists are located in local USDA service centers in priority habitat areas throughout the pheasant range.