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WOODSTOCK 4-H AND QUAIL FOREVER DELIVER “YOUTH POLLINATOR HABITAT
Millington, TN May 2, 2018. In an effort to support outdoor education and diverse wildlife habitat for
the future of pollinators and upland gamebirds, the Mid South Chapter of Quail Forever partnered with
Woodstock Ghost Riders 4-H Horse Program of Shelby County at Woodstock Orchard to deliver the
organization's signature “Youth Pollinator Habitat Program”. Members of both organizations gathered
on April 29 to learn about the importance of pollinators to our food chain and to plant a native wildlife
plot featuring pollinator plants common to a southern ecosystem.
The program's objectives are to increase awareness about declining grassland wildlife species including
quail, songbirds, and pollinating insects, educate the public on the importance of pollinator habitat, and
establish quality pollinator habitat throughout the country. Local Quail Forever chapters are working
with communities to create habitat projects that involve youth, school, and community groups. Quail
Forever wildlife biologists for West Tennessee, Gordon Counts and Brittney Viers provided invaluable
assistance in establishing the habitat.
“This is yet another way Quail Forever helps influence the conservation leaders of the future” stated
Johnny McFarland, youth director of the Mid South Chapter of Quail Forever. “This pollinator plot is
helping to restore critical habitat for monarch butterflies, honey bees, and song birds while serving as
an outdoor classroom for involved groups like this 4-H chapter led by Lydia Holland. It is a win-win
situation for all.”
Approximately one-third of the food we consume is delivered by pollinators; including fruits,
vegetables, and coffee. Habitat necessary for rapidly declining populations of bees and butterflies is
also the same diverse habitat necessary for quail, songbirds, and a host of other wildlife species. The
insects produced in this habitat are a primary food source for quail in their first months of life.
This Quail Forever Youth Habitat Pollinator Project is made possible by funding from Dupont Pioneer,
Monarch Joint Venture, Cabelas Outdoor Fund, Bayer Bee Care, and the Mid South Chapter of Quail
Forever. For more information about the Mid South Chapter, call Walker Morris at (901) 218-3542, or
visit their website at www.midsouthquailforever.org.
Left to right, the picture shows Evan Shaw, Layla Holland, Naomi
Garrett, Lacaria Harris, Alyssa Shaw, Mia Brown, Matthew Sears, and
Chaney Harrison. Photo by Johnny McFarland
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Youth Hunter Education Challenge, July 29, Oakland TN
National Rifle Association and Mid South Quail Forever Present the Youth Hunter Education Challenge
Twenty boys and girls gathered on July 29, 2017 at beautiful Anderson Farms in Oakland for the West Tennessee Youth Hunter Education Challenge. These young people competed in .22 rifle, shotgun and archery, then went on to have their knowledge of hunter safety tested on a trail that consisted of a series of challenges regarding gun handling, safety, and hunting skills.
The National Rifle Association teamed up with Mid South Quail Forever to present what the NRA refers to as its graduate program in outdoor skills and safety training for young hunters. Hosted by Ronnie Downs and his wife, Sharon Anderson, the farm proved to be an ideal location for the event, which was not only a competition, but a learning opportunity, as well. Wildlife officers and rifle instructors from Tennessee Wildlife Resources were on hand to guide the young people through the rifle event. During the archery session, equipment and instructors were on hand from the TWRA and Academy Sports Southaven so everyone would have an opportunity to compete. Judging from the smiles on the faces of the kids and the volunteers, it was easy to say the event was a success!
While all the kids did a great job, six winners were chosen based on their overall score. In the Senior division, Josiah Markum was first, followed by Matthew Mullins and Eli Morris. The Junior division was won by Preston Burks, with Colton Throneberry and Dylan Kilby close behind.
The Oakland event is the State event for Tennessee, and all participants are eligible to go to the National event which will be in Pennsylvania in 2018. Quail Forever involves young people in the outdoors as well, through their No Child Left Indoors program. Pictures from the event are available on the Mid South Quail Forever website at www.midsouthquailforever.org. More information about the NRA-YHEC can be found at yhec.nra.org/
SEE PICTURES AT THE PHOTO TAB, TOP OF PAGE
Thanks to Amy Snider and TWRA for the video
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Harold and Kumar go to Fire Academy
Actually, it wasn't Harold and Kumar. It was chapter members Jurey Howard and Johnny McFarland. They attended the Prescribed Burn School at the Tennessee Fire Academy in beautiful Bell Buckle Tennessee. The two day school covers weather observation, weather requirements, burn plan preparation, fire behavior, and burn plan requirements, among other information necessary to become a certified burn manager in Tennessee. Johnny and Jurey were joined by several members of the Quail Forever Kentucky Lake Chapter, in addition to TWRA, NRCS, and TDF attendees.
While a great deal of the program was classroom oriented, attendees did have a field exercise involving evaluating several properties for a potential burn, and actually did conduct a prescribed burn on a three acre field at the academy. The sixty degree wind shift added a level of excitement to the burn, and was a great teaching opportunity for all students involved.
Many of the attendees visited the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial. It is a beautiful memorial on the grounds of the academy to recognize those who have paid the ultimate price for our safety. The mission of the Tennessee Prescribed Fire Council (T.N.P.F.C.) is to foster cooperation among all parties involved with prescribed fire in Tennessee, to promote appropriate use of prescribed fire by encouraging the exchange of information, techniques, and experiences among prescribed fire practitioners; and by promoting public understanding of the importance, benefits, and complexities of prescribed fire.
Quail Forever is dedicated to the management and restoration of habitat for Pheasants, Quail and other upland game species.