Thanks to various conservation programs, wildlife and its appreciation is alive and well in Emmet County.
A great case in point is the Emmet County Conservation Board. Naturalist Jenna Pollock has been making the rounds to various schools and nursing homes lately, introducing both kids and adults to the natural world. A few weeks ago, Pollock worked with some kids on building emergency winter shelters and just Thursday she brought furs in for Estherville Good Samaritan Society residents to see and touch. What a wonderful program to bring the outdoors in for residents.
Emmet County Pheasants Forever is getting into the act too. They recently bought a Plotmaster plot planting machine for planting wildlife vegetation habitat. The machine, free for members' use or available for a nominal fee for all landowners, is a great tool to help create forage crops for wildlife, helping ensure they can make it through the winter. Money for the machine came from the last couple Pheasants Forever annual banquets. The next banquet will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Estherville Elks Lodge. Tickets are $55 and cover the price of both membership and the dinner and are available from
Chris Thiel at (507) 841-2946, Gary Natterstad at (712) 362-3230, Jeff Felkey at (712) 260-5077 or from any board member. Members also get a membership cards, a window decal and five issues of PHEASANTS FOREVER Magazine. Additional tickets for spouse and children are $20 each. The youth ticket includes a Ringneck Membership. There is a limit of 250 tickets and at least 25 guns will be given away.
And let's not forget the wonderful outdoor youth programs such as Fall Youth Day and Hunter Safety courses sponsored by great organizations like the Emmet County Izaak Walton League, Emmet County Conservation Board and Iowa Department of Natural Resources along with lots of volunteer help by our local conservation and law enforcement officers, all great people who are eager to share their love of the outdoors with youth.
It's programs like this that make Iowa a great place to live. And it's sportsmen and sportswomen who help pay for wildlife habitat that make our state such a beautiful place - all four seasons of the year.