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