Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are pleased to present the Fall Wildlife Conservation Fair- Bobwhite, Bird Dogs & Native Habitats on Saturday, Oct. 27.
This free event is a fall celebration of the Kentucky outdoors and is filled with fantastic fall foliage, family hikes and kids’ nature programs. Guests can watch the bird dog parade and then test their shot at the laser target booth. Visitors can meet Shaker Village’s conservation partners and learn about efforts to restore Kentucky’s bobwhite quail population and other wildlife.
“This event is about education and awareness. Since we converted parts of the property to native warm season grasses and wildflowers, our wildlife management program has resulted in an explosion of northern bobwhite quail,” said Shaker Village Property Manager Don Pelly. “Our Nature Preserve is a true success story that has become a national model for wildlife management. And continued partnerships with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Quail Unlimited will help ensure the success of this project for years to come.”
Ben Robinson, small game biologist at Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, said the Fall Wildlife Conservation Fair will showcase the outcome of these strong partnerships. “The ongoing quail and grassland habitat restoration project at the Nature Preserve at Shaker Village is one of the most successful projects in the entire southeast,” he noted. “Prior to this, we had an estimated six to 10 wild coveys of quail. Today, there are nearly 60. Each covey averages 12-15 quail.”
Demonstrations and talks will be held throughout the day, including How to Build Your Backyard Native Habitat and Habitat Management Through Prescribed Burns.
Over the past three years, Shaker Village has restored more than 1,000 acres of native prairie grasses, enhancing the Nature Preserve’s biodiversity and providing unique wildlife habitats, while returning the land to its natural beauty.
To learn more about Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill or to become a Friend of Shaker Village, visit www.shakervillageky.org.
Image courtesy Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources