Pheasants Forever: The Habitat Organization
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
Founded in 1982 in response to the continuing decline of ring-necked pheasant populations,Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations through habitat improvement, public awareness and education and land management policies that benefit private landowners and wildlife alike. In 28 years Pheasants Forever has grown to more than 100,000 members and 600 chapters while spending more than $100 million on habitat projects encompassing more than 2.3 million acres in North America. At the heart of Pheasants Forever is a unique grassroots system of fundraising and project development that allows members to see the direct result of their contribution. Virtually 100 percent of the funds raised by the chapters, exclusive of membership fees, remain with the chapter. Those funds are expended on habitat projects, public awareness and education programs, and land management policy initiatives, making
Pheasants Forever the most efficient conservation organization in the nation. Pheasants Forever also realizes the benefits of a well-informed citizenry that can make responsible decisions concerning wildlife and land management policies.
In response to this, we have developed programs and materials that promote public conservation education and awareness. Among these are:
. Pheasants Forever Journal - a widely recognized national magazine published 5 times a year.
. The Leopold Education Project - an award-winning conservation education curriculum based
on Aldo Leopold's, A Sand County Almanac
. Ringnecks - Pheasants Forever's youth program which introduces thousands of young people to the outdoors annually.
Pheasants Forever stands for the hunter conservationist that wants to make a difference; by creating habitat, restoring wetlands, acquiring key critical wildlife lands for public access, and preserving the legacy of our hunting and conservation heritage.
Pheasants Forever Events
ARBOR DAY PLANTINGS AT PF SHELTER BELT
On Saturday, April 27, 2013 over 200 conifers were planted by a baker's dozen of volunteers. The volunteers were part of a program put on by the Rotary Club with Baker College Rotarians providing the labor. The group raised money by selling trees at Baker College and using the proceeds to buy the trees that were planted at the Muskegon County Wastewater Facility in an area that Muskegon County Pheasants Forever has designated as a shelter belt. These trees will someday provide winter shelter to pheasants and other animals.
Youth and Womens Hunt
Our last hunt was Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Park Lake Pheasant Preserve. Traditional walkup bird hunts behind seasoned hunting dogs were provided for approximately twenty women and young hunters. Everyone was able to shoot clay pigeon targets for a hunt warmup, followed by a hunt in groups of 2 people at a time with hunt mentors provided. Bird cleaning classes were given as well as pre-hunt safety instruction for all. Check out the pictures (see the PHOTOS) tab and click on 2010 Youth_Womens Hunt folder. Call Greg Dahl at 231-638-2339 or David Farhat at 231-767-0222 if you have questions. The next hunt will be December 7, 2013.
Directions to Park Lake Preserve from Muskegon:
North on US31. Get off at Fruitvale exit (Exit 131). Turn right (W).
Turn right (N) at blinking light (Old US31 - might be Oceana Drive now) at Bourns market and Chrysler dealership across road)
Turn left (W) on Meinert Park Rd (after about a mile).
Turn right (N) on Lehman Rd (after a few miles)
Turn right (E) on Roosevelt Rd (Again after a few miles) Blue 2-story farm house on hill to the right in view across a cut corn field. Parking is up by the farm house and the out building to the south.
If you have a GPS, don't follow it's advice as they tend to bring people in from the east on Roosevelt Rd which is nothing more than a 2-track
Wild Game Dinner
Pheasant Feast IV was held on Thursday, October 24, 2012 at the Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM is the new Baker College building downtown across from the Frauenthal), Muskegon County Pheasants Forever awarded $1000 in scholarship money to deserving CIM students. This dinner was phenominal! Check out the flyer!
See our events listing for the coming months by clicking 'events' on the banner bar at the top of the page or use the Events 'Next' button between the ads on the right side of this page. Click on 'More' for additonal information about an event.
To See Photos of Our Current Muskegon County Wastewater Habitat Project - Fields of Dreams
Go to the 'Photos' tab on the banner bar at the top of the page. View the spring 2008 spraying of the weeds (included was the invasive species called knap weed) and then view the fall 2008 photos showing the winter rye growing. This spring (2009), the native prairie grasses and wildflowers were planted on the 112 acres while the winter rye cover crop was being sprayed to make room for the grasses and to remove all competitive weed life. See the pictures under the Wastewater Project Spring 2009. The next phase has also begun as 135 acres were sprayed in June, 2009 to kill out the spotted knap weed and other weeds there. Since this spraying, this area was mowed in August and was sprayed again in September 2009 to further eradicate all remaining weeds. These 135 acres were planted with prairie grasses in the Spring of 2010. The third phase has been started as well with planting scheduled for the spring of 2011. Click here to view the article from the Muskegon Chronicle about the 2010 Arbor Day tree and shrub planting event performed with the help of local high school students.
Pheasants Forever Habitat Information
It is time to think about habitat seed orders for 2012 from Michigan Pheasants Forever. Please see the HABITAT page for more information. Contact Dennis Radel @ 231-744-9323 with questions.
Please click the 'habitat' button on the far right of the banner bar.
Pheasants Forever Education
Please click on the 'mission' button on banner bar and then click on 'education' button on the far right of the mission page.