2018-07-04 / Front Page

Tour habitat and pollinator plantings July 7

Have you got land that you would like to help provide benefits to wildlife and pollinators but really don’t know what to expect or where to begin? Every square foot of vegetation impacts birds and pollinator species. A single butterfly milkweed plant helps numerous species of butterflies and native bees.

West Central Quail Forever would like to invite the public to tour two habitat and pollinator plantings in eastern Putnam County, that have been established over the last several years.

The landowners of these plantings have generously offered their sites for the public to visit. Attendees will be able to talk with the Pheasant/Quail Forever Wildlife Biologist, Emily Jacob about cost, management and longterm goals. Hear from the property owners on what they expected and what is the reality, commitment it takes and their long-range goals with their land.

The first plot (Farm #1) is over 20 acres that was planted in the spring of 2017. In one year the area has seen an increase in birds, butterflies and pollinators of all types.

When we asked if the landowner would give us permission, he said, “You are most welcome to use my fields as you like; I see and hear many different birds on my daily morning walks and no doubt the plantings have increased their populations, including meadow larks and quail.”

The second plot (Farm #2) is about 1 acre of pollinator plants in the landowner’s front yard. They also have a pond in their back yard and a constructed wetland attached to it. There are 2.5 acres of CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) in warm season grasses just west of the pond, that Quail Forever, formally Quail Unlimited, helped establish 15 or so years ago.

The property owners also planted over 2,000 trees 15-20 years ago around the pond. Both owners have a passion for backyard conservation and invasive weed control. You will be able to see how they incorporated conservation practices from commercial livestock and cropping enterprises to benefit soil health and the environment.

The tours will be on Saturday, July 7, 9-9:45 a.m. at farm #1. The tour of farm #2 is 10-11:30 a.m.

Smoked pork sandwiches will be available at farm #2.

If you are interested, please respond to Bill Fielding at fielding@iendeavor.com or text 317- 213-0660, no later than July 5. This will allow us to estimate the amount of food to purchase. When you respond, you will be given directions to the plant sites.

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