Pheasants Forever: Education

Pheasants Forever is proud of its rich background on the education front - educating not only the youth of tomorrow, but also the adults of today - both young and old!

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary educational program based on the classic writings of the renowned conservationist, Aldo Leopold. The LEP was developed to teach the public about humanity's ties to the natural world and to provide leadership in the effort to conserve and protect the earth's natural resources.

PF believes the future of conservation and our hunting heritage depends upon today's youth having the desire and opportunities to carry on the ethical traditions of this organization.Education At both the national and chapter level, Pheasants Forever is investing in sound programs enriched with events such as youth mentor hunts, conservation events and habitat projects. The Leopold Education Project is another way that PF is providing conservation education for its members, as well as formal and informal educators.

Pheasants Forever Committed in Bringing Children Back
Into Nature.


The “No Child Left Indoors” program is designed to reach children in your community, in your schools, and in your neighborhoods. With the help of lasting partnerships with various community members, we will be working alongside Michigan Chapters to develop and initiate programs designed to get children unplugged from electronics and outdoors. By offering children outdoor opportunities such as hunting and fishing for example, we will build a new generation of stewards that have lasting interest in the land.
Richard Louv, a well know author and founder of the “Children in Nature Network” once noted that “healing the broken bond between children and nature may seem to be an overwhelming, even impossible task. But we must hold to the conviction that this trend can be changed, or at least slowed.” I strongly feel this program offers that very conviction. I look forward to working with each of you in the months ahead and encourage you to contact me if I can be of service to your youth and education programming.

Elizabeth Roxberry
Youth and Education Coordinator
Pheasants Forever


 Pheasants and "Cold Feet?"


Winter brings freezing temperatures and snow to Michigan’s landscape. Wild creatures seek out secure winter cover to keep warm and escape the brutal conditions. Pheasants, like other birds, rely on both downy feathers and quality habitat to keep them warm. But, a pheasant's lower legs are not covered with feathers. So does he get cold legs and feet? Yes, but why? Some believe cold legs are caused by excessive heat loss as blood travels through the bird’s bare legs. Others believe that some mechanism in the upper leg (feathered thigh) conserves heat by removing some blood heat before going to the lower leg - so cooler blood makes them colder then the rest of the body. Too bad the pheasant does not have the willow ptarmigan's feathered legs. Ptarmigan live in much colder climates than pheasants, and need the added protection.
Mother always said if your feet were cold you should put on a hat. The pheasant has no hat, so he will, under cold conditions, sleep and rest with his head partially placed under his wing feathers. It helps cut the loss of body heat. Ptarmigan with warm, feathered legs need not sleep this way. Sleeping ducks always seem to partially cover their heads even in mild temperatures. Why? The duck's bare legs in water loses 4 times more heat than pheasant legs, so the duck has more need to conserve heat loss from the head.