QF Hires Biologist for Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona

New Hire is Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Quail Habitat Biologist

St. Paul, Minn. - September 23 -

Quail Forever (QF) announces the hiring of Sara Lauren Bales as the wildlife biologist servicing Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Bales joins QF after working for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) as their quail habitat biologist. She is also a member of the Southeast Quail Study Group. Bales will start her new position on October 1st. Bales has been working for the ODWC since August 2004. In that role, she has been identifying the state's focus areas for quail habitat restoration and creating contacts with the landowners in those focus area counties. She has also served on the public relations and education committees of the Southeast Quail Study Group during the last year and will stay on those committees as a QF employee. Prior to working for the ODWC, Bales was a private lands biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and was a waterfowl biologist assistant with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. She is also a certified Project Wild education instructor. "Following the Quail Forever formation last month, it became immediately apparent that Oklahoma and Texas were home to some of the country's most ardent quail conservationists," reports Jim Wooley, QF's field operations director. "We are very excited to have someone of Sara's caliber join our ranks and we think her credentials speak to the level of our commitment to the quail cause." Bales' primary duties with QF will include starting QF chapters in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. She will assist those chapters in raising and expending funds on wildlife habitat and conservation education. Sara will also service the Texas panhandle chapter of Pheasants Forever(PF), while also working with local, state, and federal natural resource agencies on behalf of all QF and PF chapters. There is already a QF chapter start meeting slated for Tuesday, October 11th at 6 PM in Oklahoma City at the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store at 4901 NE 122nd (122nd & I-35). Contact Sara at (479)200-4711 or via email at balessara@hotmail.com to RSVP or for more information about the meeting. "I am passionate about quail and have been since growing up on a South Carolina hunting plantation," explains Bales. "My dad is a forester and a wildlife biologist on that plantation and I can't think of a more gratifying career than to follow in his footsteps. I look forward to working with the quail hunters across Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, and encourage anyone interested in quail to call me immediately. I want the next generation to grow up with quail hunting the same why I did; tagging along with my dad as a youngster." Bales is a Bluffton, South Carolina native. She graduated with a master's in wildlife ecology from Oklahoma State University and received her B.S. in wildlife science from Auburn University. She makes her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. QF is a national non-profit conservation organization, comprised of local chapters, dedicated to the protection and enhancement of quail and other wildlife populations in North America. The QF mission is accomplished through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, education, and conservation advocacy. Founded in 2005 by Pheasants Forever, QF applies the successful PF model of empowering local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100% of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent.

Bob St.Pierre (866)457-8245

Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants, quail and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike.