A ‘Must Attend’ Wildlife Management Field Day for Landowners

Published 4:43pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Are you interested in creating quail habitat on your property?
Then make plans to attend Alabama Wildlife Federation Wildlife Seminar Series event focused on establishing and managing native warm season grasses (NWSG).
Weed’em & Reap will be held on May 4 at Raymond Shaw’s Pinthlocco Quail Plantation in Coosa County. This Landowner Field Day is a result of a three year effort to establish NWSG demonstration projects and the time has come for you to reap the benefits from these efforts.
The Alabama Wildlife Federation was awarded a Power of Flight grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Southern Company to help fund a three-year project to demonstrate the proper establishment and management of NWSGs. This includes practices that provide valuable habitats for birds and other wildlife associated with early successional habitat.
Ten sites, located within “High Priority” areas for quail conservation, were established to serve as demonstration sites. The Alabama Wildlife Federation and its Land Stewardship Biologist worked closely with contractors and resource professionals to evaluate each demonstration site to determine adequate site-preparation strategies and what native grass species can be used to accomplish specific habitat objectives.
A tremendous amount of information has been learned through this process and it is time for it to be shared with landowners. The workshop will include topics such as, managing forest openings for brood rearing habitat; prescribed burning for quail; woody vegetation control to enhance quail habitat; the benefits of native warm season grasses to quail; financial assistance programs for establishing native warm season grasses and much more.
Speakers include Raymond Shaw, Owner, Pinthlocco Quail Plantation; Ted DeVos, Wildlife Biologist/Forester, Bach & DeVos Forestry and Wildlife Services, Inc.; Claude Jenkins, Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Wildlife Federation and Joel Glover, Private Lands Biologist, ADCNR/NRCS. There is no charge for the seminar but attendees must pre-register online at www.alabamawildlife.org by April 30.
Every attendee will receive a FREE DVD, “Establishing and Managing Native Warm Season Grasses for Wildlife,” that is only available to workshop attendees. To learn more about the NWSG project, go to AWF’s website at www.alabamawildlife.org or call 334.285.4550.

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