Pollinator Project Fun Day

Written by Connie on .

Much needed rain has fallen throughout the Black Hills and surrounding area the last several weeks making it difficult for our chapter to pull off our pollinator project with Pinedale Elementary School.  After postponing our event twice, we were down to the wire and with the help of the school's awesome teachers we were able to pull together plan B at the last minute ensuring the students were still able to participate.  Grades K-4 enjoyed mostly indoor activities; everything from making simulated bee hives to take home, word association, and "pollination transfer", to name a few.  One specific activity the kids did was to choose different kinds of food and learn if the food would disappear from human consumption without honey bees.  It was a great learning experience for everyone!


Black Hills PF wants to thank volunteers Suan N., Kendall K., Rick E., DeAnn E., and Lowell S. for coming and helping us out.  Members Darrel K., Karl C., and Bill and Connie S. want to especially thank and give a big shout out to not only the teachers who hosted us, but also to Mrs. Chappell and Mrs. Georges for coordinating our event.  Thank you to principle Mr. Owen for inviting us into your school - we look forward to an event again next year!  (Photo's courtesy Black Hills PF Member Connie S.)

First Pollinator Project Announced

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Due to weather, the project has been re-scheduled for Friday, May 15th. 

→  Black Hills PF Member, Terry is one happy farmer having received over 3 inches of rain, making it near impossible to plant the pollinator.  Please contact Karl Castor or Darrel Kjerstad with any questions.  ←

Black Hills Pheasants Forever is excited to announce their first pollinator project!  Chapter Members will be participatingIMG 0908b in educational games with 4th and 5th graders of Pinedale Elementary school (in Rapid City), then we will have a fun afternoon creating projects with the kids at two separate farms in the New Underwood area. 

  • Date:            May 15th                                                                                            
  • School:        Pinedale Elementary, Rapid City                                                              
  • Itinerary:     Educational Games in the morning                                                  12:30  Planting begins in New Underwood

Volunteers are always appreciated.  If you have time to give us a hand with this project, please contact President Karl Castor at 605.348.2406.  Should you want to put a project in with the help of kids from a different area school, Karl would welcome the opportunity to visit with you about that also.

Pollinators are not only an integral part to the survival of pheasants and other upland game, but are important to human food sourcing also.  If you like more information on how pollinators work, Pheasants Forever has put together an awesome video that can be seen clicking on the link below.


2014 Hunting Season Remembered

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Black Hills PF Member Jim A. sent me a short story he wrote as he thought back over the 2014 hunting season.  He had a good season....and looks forward to another good season in 2015.

Well, the 2014 season is now in the history books; all we can do is look to the 3rd Saturday in October, 2015 - October 17th.

As for 2014, it was a remarkable year!  42 people from 13 different states hunted the place harvesting between 80 and 90 roosters.  There have been better years - one year a high of 204 roosters with the lowest year being 12; that was prior to any habitat work being done.