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Pinedale Elementary School located in the Rapid City school district recently accessed grants to turn their courtyard into a working example of the environment of our state. One of the projects they chose to include is a pollinator including different plants to bring insects in as to pollinate and secure the future of the other projects in their courtyard (one being a garden for each grade to grow some vegetables in).
As you know, Pheasants Forever has developed a curriculum specifically designed for grades 4 and 5 to teach our youth about the importance of certain plants not only in a habitat aspect but as part of the future of our being able to grow food for consumption. This school year (most likely in the spring) Pinedale Elementary students will have the opportunity to go out to a local farmer's property and install a pollinator on a larger scale then will be able to return next year to see the fruits of their labors. The kids will be broadcasting the seeds, then securing the seeds into the ground by simply walking over them.
We are excited to be part of this project as without pollinator insects and habitat, our pheasant and other upland game simply cannot survive. This particular program is a great teaching tool to get our youth excited about the significance of insects to the future not only as people but for pheasant habitat also. Photos courtesy Black Hills PF member C. Snow.
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Your local Black Hills Pheasants Forever Board of Directors is proud to have so many generous sponsors and members that donate regularly to help in so many locally funded projects. Have you ever wondered how your kind offerings are used? The following is a snap shot look at where your gracious contributions have been put to work over the past 13 years.
- Legal Action Fund for CRP at $5000/year $65,000
- GPA Project - Oral, SD 9,500
- Horsehead Project: GPA at Angustora Lake 4,000
- Hills Brothers Project: GPA at Angustora Lake 5,000
- Nesting Cover for Pheasants and Other Wildlife 19,000
- Shrubs and Woody Cover Projects: 22,000
- Leopold Scholarships - 10 Youth Education Opportunities 11,000
- Riparian Projects 15,000
- Easement Habitat 2,000
- Game, Fish & Parks Outdoor Campus 5,000
- South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures 15,000
- South Dakota Youth Hunting Donations 5,500
- Public Hunting on the McIlravy Property (Phillip, SD) 4,000
- Bob Marshall Wilderness Camp - 3 Youth Education Opportunities 900
All total, over the past 13 years $205,400 has been spent for pheasant and other upland game habitat, public access, public education and youth projects. None of these ventures could have been possible without the continued funding by each and everyone of our Sponsors - Our Hero's and our kind members who attend our banquets unselfishly purchasing raffle tickets, silent and live auction items, and of course buying those "Rooster Bucks" to play all the fun games before dinner is served.
We salute each and everyone of you who has so graciously supported our Black Hills Pheasants Forever Chapter #87. We couldn't do it without you!
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Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have put a ciriculum together to get the youth involved in habitat preservation. Pollinating insects are crucial to the survival of not only habitat for upland game, but they also pollinate plants that are consumed by by the human population.
A short video about the Youth Pollinating program can watched on YouTube by clicking the following link.
Today (September 23, 2014) Kjerstad Habitat will be at an open house at Pindedale Elementary in Rapid City to answer questions about the pollinating project that was put in at the school this past summer. Open house is 3:30-6pm. Should have any questions, please feel free to attend!