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Pollinator Program Success!

Posted by midsouthquailforever on May 16, 2018 at 10:50 AM

WOODSTOCK 4-H AND QUAIL FOREVER DELIVER “YOUTH POLLINATOR HABITAT

PROGRAM”

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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