Upland Habitat Stage Always a Pheasant Fest Highlight

d1962d0f-0e09-467b-9720-49ba93165957

From pheasant and quail habitat to prescribed fire, working lands and more, the Classic’s signature stage for 2022 offers a powerhouse seminar lineup

By Tom Carpenter, Editor at Pheasants Forever

Two factors affect pheasant and quail populations above all others: habitat and weather. While we can’t control the weather, we can influence the quantity and quality of upland habitat on the landscape. That habitat then becomes home for our namesake gamebirds, as well as a host of other upland wildlife including songbirds from bobolinks to meadowlarks, white-tailed deer, butterflies from monarchs to swallowtails, honeybees and bumblebees, and so much more.

That’s why the Habitat Stage at 2022 National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic at is going to be one popular place when the show opens at Omaha’s CHI Health Center on Friday, March 11, running through Sunday, March 13. This year, the stage is being supported by key Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever conservation partners Polaris, Scag Power Equipment, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA).

A couple highlights to consider in your show plan:

Saturday morning’s (11:00 a.m.) North American Grasslands Panel is a must-see, featuring the leaders of the top conservation organizations helping spearhead the introduction of this monumental legislation into Congress.

Catch one of Doug Duren’s Sharing the Land Access Initiative presentations to learn about a new approach for linking landowners to access-seeking outdoors people.

Get ready to get your hands dirty with all the idea-filled presentations on creating pheasant havens and quail hideouts.

Here’s the full schedule. We’ll see you there!
 

NATIONAL PHEASANT FEST & QUAIL CLASSIC HABITAT STAGE
SEMINAR LINEUP

SPONSORED BY:

FRIDAY

1:00
Creating Functional Habitat for Pheasants in an Agricultural Landscape
Allie Barg - University of Nebraska
2:00
Nebraska's Strategic Berggren Pheasant Plan, A Targeted Approach
John Laux - NGPC Upland Habitat and Access Manager
3:00
Working Lands for Wildlife: A Leveraged Approach for Beef, Birds, & Beetles in Nebraska's Sandhills
Ryan Lodge - Pheasants Forever Working Lands Coordinator
4:00
Upland Habitat Chores
Billy Chromy - Habitat Project Contractor, Standing C Excavating
5:00
Sharing the Land Access Initiative
Doug Duren - Duren Family Farms
6:00
Midwest Quail Research: What it Means for Your Farm 
Frank Loncarich and Kyle Hedges - Missouri Department of Conservation
 

SATURDAY

10:00
Midwest Quail Research: What it Means for Your Farm
Frank Loncarich and Kyle Hedges - Missouri Department of Conservation
11:00
North American Grasslands Act Panel
Panelists: Howard K. Vincent, Shaun Grassel, Land Tawney, Whit Fosburgh and Ted Koch with M
Moderator Ryan Callahan 
12:00
Sharing the Land Access Initiative 
Doug Duren - Duren Family Farms
1:00
Upland Habitat Chore
Billy Chromy - Habitat Project Contractor, Standing C Excavating
2:00
Precision Ag and Conservation Farm Panel / 2021 Farmer of the Year Recognition 
Brought to You By John Deere, BASF and National Sorghum Checkoff
3:00 
Addressing Natural Resource Conservation Needs in Multi-Functional Agricultural Landscapes
Dr. Andrew Little - University of Nebraska Lincoln
4:00
A Botanist's Approach to Pheasant Management
Gerry Steinhauer - Botanist, NGPC
 

SUNDAY

10:00
Bioenergy Crop Production in an Agricultural Landscape: Implications for Grassland Bird Communities
Grace Schuster - University of Nebraska Lincoln
11:00
Habitat that Improves Your Soil Health
Nate Pflueger - Pheasants Forever Precision Ag Coordinator
12:00
Great Plains Grassland Initiative, A New Approach to Woody Encroachment
Eric Zach - Agricultural Program Manager - NGPC
1:00
Sharing the Land Access Initiative
Doug Duren, Duren Family Farms
2:00
Precision Ag and Conservation Farm Panel
Brought to You By John Deere, BASF and National Sorghum Checkoff
3:00
Prescribed Fire: the Need, Desire, and Support for Accomplishing Your Objectives
Brian Teeter - Pheasants Forever Prescribed Fire Coordinator

 


The 2022 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic will take place at CHI Health Center in Omaha on March 11-13. Tickets and more information can be found at: PheasantFest.org.