Upland Habitat Stage Helps Highlight Pheasant Fest

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FROM PHEASANTS & QUAIL TO FOREST GROUSE, AND FROM WHITETAILS TO WAFTING MONARCHS, SESSIONS FOCUS ON CREATING AND RESTORING UPLAND WILDLIFE HAVENS

By Tom Carpenter, Editor at Pheasants Forever

Habitat is key to everything whether you’re a hunter, wildlife lover, bee-butterfly-and-songbird fan, landowner, land manager, PF or QF chapter leader or volunteer … or some combination of all those descriptions!

That’s why the Habitat Stage at 2020 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is going to be one popular place when the show opens at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota on Friday, February 14, running through Sunday, February 16. This year, the stage is being supported by key Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever conservation partners Polaris, Scag Power Equipment, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA).

A couple highlights to consider in your show plan:

For anyone contemplating an upland project of any type, Habitat Project Planning from Pencil to Drip Torch is a must-attend. Experienced Pheasants Forever biologists Sara Reagan and Josh Peterson present.

Quail lovers won’t want to miss A Case Study of the Bee Ridge Quail Focus Area, from Josh Pinkowski of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Many Minnesota outdoors people will want to hear from conservationist and friend of PF Doug Duren and Managing for White-tailed Deer and the Effects of CWD on Your Plan.

Here’s the full schedule:
 

PHEASANT FEST & QUAIL CLASSIC HABITAT STAGE

SPONSORED BY SCAG, POLARIS, NRCS AND FSA

SEMINAR SCHEDULE

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14

1:00 Land Manager to Landowner: Successes and Challenges -- Caitlin Nagorka, US FWS Private Land Biologist
2:00 The Minnesota Agriculture for Pollinators Project -- Kiley Friedrich, University of MN
3:00 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program - What We Can Do for You! -- US Fish and Wildlife Service
4:00 Managing for White-tailed Deer and the Effects of CWD on Your Plan -- Doug Duren, Duren Family Farms
5:00 A Case Study of the Bee Ridge Quail Focus Area -- John Pinkowski, Missouri Department of Conservation
6:00 Habitat Project Planning from Pencil to Drip Torch -- Sara Reagan & Josh Peterson, Pheasants Forever


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15

10:00 Land Manager to Landowner: Successes and Challenges -- Caitlin Nagorka, US FWS Private Land Biologist
11:00 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program - What We Can Do for You! -- US Fish and Wildlife Service
12:00 HabiTally, Monarchs & the Climate Corp & PF Partnership -- Pamela Bachman & Bradley Griggs, Climate Corp.
1:00 A Case Study of the Bee Ridge Quail Focus Area -- John Pinkowski, Missouri Department of Conservation
2:00 Managing for White-tailed Deer and the Effects of CWD on Your Plan -- Doug Duren, Duren Family Farms
3:00 The Minnesota Agriculture for Pollinators Project -- Kiley Friedrich, University of MN
4:00 Soil Health and Habitat Program: A Partnership Between Nestle 
Purina and Pheasants Forever
-- Diane Herndon, Nestle Purina & Rachel Bush, Pheasants Forever


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15

10:00 Managing Your Forestland for Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse -- Jon Steigerwaldt, Ruffed Grouse Society
11:00 Managing for White-tailed Deer and the Effects of CWD on Your Plan -- Doug Duren, Duren Family Farms
12:00 To Come
1:00 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program - What We Can Do for You! -- US Fish and Wildlife Service
2:00 Habitat Project Planning from Pencil to Drip Torch -- Sara Reagan & Josh Peterson, Pheasants Forever
3:00 Planning for the Big Storm -- Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist Staff