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June 2015
Pheasants Forever Inc. and Quail Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.
2015 PF/QF State Convention Award Winners 
- Max Dibble (top left)
- Terry Velten (top right)
- Bill Vonderschmidt (mid left)
- Brian Kuntz excepting award for         Buddy Vanhorn (mid right)
- J.R. Kuhn excepting award for           Gaylon Nichols (bottom left)
This year at the State Convention we were honored to induct our 2nd class of outsanding volunteers to the PF/QF Kansas Hall of Fame.  These individuals have gone above and beyond the normal volunteerism while representing our organization at the highest of level.  We would like to thank these individuals for their self-less service to their community, Chapter, and PF/QF as a whole.

This years reciepients are: Terry Velten (Ark River Chapter), Max Dibble (Route 36 Chapter), Buddy VanHorn (KS Pioneer Chapter), Gaylon Nichols (Northfork Tailgunners Chapter), and Bill Vonderschmidt (Brown County Chapter).

Shrubs for the Birds

Anna Walkowiak KS Farm Bill Biologist

Shrubs for the Birds

We hear a lot about food plots and nesting cover for birds, but where do shrubs fit in? Shrubs will provide multiple life essentials such as protective cover from predators, winter cover, and food in several seasons. Planting a diversity of shrubs just like plants will help provide the best habitat year round for pheasants and many other wildlife species.

Some Kansas native options are fragrant sumac, golden currant, american plum, sand hill plum, and choke cherry. Fragrant sumac has a fruit that is not preferred to a lot of wildlife, making it a great last resort food source that will make it into winter. Golden currant and choke cherry are both used by birds for both cover and food. Golden currant does well in sandy soils and choke cherry is drought tolerant. Sand hill Plum and American Plum are also two great options. Both provide great food and shelter. They also have thorns on the branches, which will offer extra protection from predators. Sand hill plum is adapted better to the western part of the state while American plum does better in central to eastern.

After you find out which shrubs will provide the most benefit on your landscape, an area needs to be chosen. There are many ways to incorporate shrubs. One great way is to use them in windbreaks on the outside rows. The shrubs will provide more protection for your windbreak and help slow the wind down before it gets to your larger trees. Shrubs can also be used as connectivity between different habitat types for a corridor. When placed next to quality nesting and brood rearing habitat it will allow the pheasants and other wildlife year round protection from predators and the weather.

Don’t forget to contact your local PF Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist to find out what species are adapted to your site for the best chance of success! They can also provide planting specifications and help build a wildlife plan for your area. 

Anna Walkowiak 
Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
Ness County Conservation District Office
18635 140 Rd
Ness City, KS 67560
p. (785)798-3614 ext. 1307
m. (785)324-9019 | 



Kansas Field Staff Directory
2014 Team Photo (back row from left) Allie Rath, Andrew Page, Alex Thornburg, Marc Glades, Chris Blackledge, Luke Winge, Tyson Seirer, (front row from left) Zac Eddy, Holly Shutt, Steve Riley. (Not pictured Brian Schaffer & Hunter Baillie)
Marc Glades - Field Manger, South Team

Chris Blackledge - Regional Representative

Brian Schaffer - Youth Education Coordinator

Zachary Eddy - Senior Farm Bill Biologist (South Central)

Allie Rath - Farm Bill Biologist (Central)

Anastasia Walkowiak-Esch - Farm Bill Biologist (West Central)

Holly Shutt - Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist (North East)

Tyson Seirer - Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist (North Central)

Alex Thornburg - Habitat Specialist (Tuttle Creek)

Luke Winge - Habitat Specialist (Cedar Bluff)

Hunter Baillie - Habitat Specialist (Perry Wildlife Area)

Spencer Putman - Habitat Specialist (Grand Osage Wildlife Area)
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