Monday, August 8, 2016

Oklahoma's Quail Forever 89er Chapter Plans Fundraising Banquet

The Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever will celebrate its 11th anniversary fundraising banquet Aug. 13 in Norman. The local chapter is one of the first chapters of Quail Forever in the nation formed to address declining quail populations in Oklahoma and throughout the bird's native range. The event will feature games, raffles and auction, with the Luther FFA Shooting Team helping with the event.
    "Having people who care about quail and quail habitat is critical to rebuilding populations," said Laura McIver, QF regional representative for Oklahoma and Texas.  "This is why Quail Forever is a stand-alone leader for upland wildlife habitat conservation."
    Since 2005, Quail Forever has established more than 155 chapters in 28 states, and has impacted 500,000-plus acres to benefit quail and other wildlife with more than 7,000 completed wildlife habitat projects.
    The Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever is included in this conservation success story with more than $200,000 spent on projects for quail in Oklahoma along with a youth outreach program focused on getting more kids outdoors. The local chapter works with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association, Noble Foundation and other partners to ensure quail remain at the center of Oklahoma's rich outdoor heritage. "Help make a difference for bobwhite quail and Oklahoma's habitat by attending the Oklahoma 89er Quail Forever banquet on Aug. 13," McIver said.
    Anyone planning to attend should register on the chapter's website, centralokquailforever.org.

Quail Forever Oklahoma 89er Chapter
11th Annual Banquet
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
Where: Sooner Legends, 1200 SW 24th SW, Norman.
Cost: Membership dinner ($60), spouse ($30), nonmember dinner ($35), youth dinner ($20).
Contact: info@centralokquailforever.org or (405) 415-5724.
Sponsorship information: centralokquailforever.org

About Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
    Pheasants Forever and its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 142,000 members and 730-plus local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent.