Quail Forever Represented at National Pheasant Fest

The 2007 National Pheasant Fest presented by Cabela’s will welcome bird enthusiasts from all over the world. While pheasants will be the main focus of Pheasant Fest, quail will not be lost in the field. There will be a variety of seminars and a sampling of exhibitors dedicated to quail at this year’s Fest. A complete list of seminars, presenters, and exhibitors is now available at www.NationalPheasantFest.org.

Quail students can go back to school with “Bobwhite Quail 101 – The Life and Times of Mr. Bob,” presented by Quail Forever(QF) biologist Elsa Gallagher. Gallagher joined QF last July after having worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation the last six years. Most recently, she was the Department’s upland wildlife coordinator and quail program leader. During her Pheasant Fest seminar, Gallagher will talk about bobwhite quail biology and quail habitat needs. She will also answer questions and debunk common myths about quail.

Restoring America’s quail population is a key initiative for hunters, conservationists, and farmers alike. Wes Burger, Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Mississippi State University, will be addressing this issue with “A Surprise 80 years in the Making – The Long Decline of Bobwhites.” Burger is renowned as one of the nation’s foremost experts on bobwhite quail conservation and population restoration.

“Bringing Back Bob on Bill’s Farm” is the title of a seminar featuring a real-life success story of quail management. Bill White of the Missouri Department of Conservation will present one of the greatest quail restoration success stories in Missouri. The story centers around a private landowner’s intensive habitat management efforts and the results of those efforts.

Other seminars will feature presentations by the Iowa DNR’s Todd Bogenschutz on creating the right cover on farms for upland birds and “Quail Management Uncensored: Birds Gone Wild!” by Scott Sudkamp of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Quail Forever will also have a booth on the HyVee Hall show floor. Interested quail enthusiasts are invited to stop by, learn more about Quail Forever, and become a QF member. Membership is $30 and comes with a QF hat, a year’s subscription to the QF Journal, and an entry into a drawing for a new Mossberg Silver Reserve shotgun. For those interested in starting their own Quail Forever chapter, QF staff will be on hand to answer any questions related to starting local QF chapters as well.

National Pheasant Fest 2007 presented by Cabela’s will take place on January 19, 20, & 21 at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines. The Fest combines a national consumer show, habitat seminar series, and family event complete with puppies, tractors, shotguns, and art. National Pheasant Fest 2007 promises to be the country’s largest event for upland farmers, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists.

Advance admission tickets for National Pheasant Fest presented by Cabela’s are on sale now. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.iowaeventscenter.com. For the special price of $25, buyers will receive admission tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Fest, along with a one-year membership to PF. The PF membership also includes a subscription to the Pheasants Forever Journal of Upland Conservation and an invitation to attend a PF banquet in their local community. Single day Fest tickets will sell for $9 at the show and the annual PF membership alone is a $30 value. Together, it’s a $57 value at less than half the price.

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