Hands-on activities available to educate participants of all ages on the value of pollinating insects and the habitat they call home
Join us and learn more about the connection between the birds and the bees (and other pollinators)! Back by popular demand, the Pollinator Pathway at the 2023 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will again provide information on popular pollinator species, community science research projects, fundraising campaigns, and habitat programs being implemented to provide quality habitat for a host of grassland and wildflower-dependent species, including pollinators, upland birds and other wildlife.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are committed to establishing quality habitat that is equally beneficial to pheasants, quail, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife. In the first few months of life, pheasant and quail chicks, like most bird species, depend on soft-bodied insects as their primary food source. The soft-bodied insects that these chicks depend on are attracted to the same high-quality habitat that we’re putting on the landscape. Pollinator habitat is a win-win for upland and migratory birds and many species of pollinating insects!
In addition, there will be several hands-on activities available to educate participants of all ages on the value of pollinating insects and the habitat they call home. Returning to the Pollinator Pathway in 2023, participants will have the opportunity to replicate the monarch butterfly migration and see how far you would make it during the 2,000 mile migration!
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has emerged as a national leader for conserving habitat critical to monarchs and pollinators. In the last eight years, we have developed seed mixes that have included milkweed for 32,592 projects across the country. Of those projects, we have impacted 318,134 acres and planted 1.17 billion milkweed seeds. In addition, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever employ 236 field biologists throughout the country. These biologists meet with 30,000+ landowners per year, impacting over 1.4 million acres per year that benefit pollinators and game birds.
The 2023 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on February 17-19. Tickets and more information can be found at: PheasantFest.org.