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Habitat Day teaches about pheasants

What does it take to keep pheasant fields forever?

The WNY Chapter of Pheasants Forever will provide landowners and interested land managers an opportunity to learn more about developing and maintaining a good environment for pheasant rearing during its Habitat Day to be held Saturday at Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club, 5657 Killian Road, North Tonawanda.

Throughout the day, reps from Pheasants Forever, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Monsanto Chemical, Ernst Conservation Seed Co. and others will offer presentations on how to improve pheasant cover and food sources.

A $20 fee includes lunch. For more details and registration information, call Dick McMurray at (585) 535-7218 or Dave Whitt at 754-2133.

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Seedling sales

Spring planting time will begin soon and landowners have good sources for wildflower, shrub and bare-root tree stock that could improve high ground and wetland areas for wildlife.

Soil and Water Districts in Western New York provide planting materials and accessories for conservation planting programs. Contact these county agencies for ordering information.

Erie County accepts orders to March 24 for an April 22 pick-up. Call 652-8480 or go to: www.ecswcd.org. Niagara County takes orders until March 24 for April 28 or 29 pick-up. For more information, call 434-4949. Genesee County added 17 varieties of perennial wildflowers to its seedling program this year. Genesee will accept orders until April 1. For more details, call (585) 343-2362 or go to: www.co.genesee.ny.us and click on "Soil & Water." Chautauqua County accepts orders until April 1 for a mid-April pickup date. Call 664-2355.

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Turkey tally

The DEC would like to know more about how wild turkeys gobble up available forage and survive in area wilds.

A four-year banding program, in conjunction with several nearby northeastern states, involves capturing, banding and releasing turkeys on public and private land until March to study their habits and survival rates. All birds will be released at the capture site; no turkeys will be transported to other locations.

For details on participation in this program in DEC Region 9, call Connie Adams (851-7010); in Region 8, call Scott Smith (607) 776-2165, ext. 16; or e-mail: fwwildlf@dec.state.ny.us.

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Fish facts

Lake Simcoe continues as the only solid ice source. Niagara River Anglers Association holds its Winter Steelhead Tournament on Feb. 18. To register, call 282-4635 or 282-5754. Bass Pro Shops in Auburn hosts a Bass Fishing University on Feb. 18-19. To register, call (866) 732-2277.

e-mail: wille@pce.net

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