Local farm receives habitat award
By Robin Scott
The annual banquet and fundraiser for Quail Unlimited was held on Friday evening, December 4th at Rita Blanca Coliseum. The organization known for its habitat conservation efforts also presented an award to an area ranch for the work it has done to protect the habitat for quail.
Dennis Marsh accepted the Habitat Award on behalf of Dalhart Jersey Ranch. The ranch was honored because it has planted 45,000 linear feet of wind breaks for habitat. Marsh stated, “We are very honored to receive this award, and more honored to be a part of this community.” Emily Berg who coordinated this year’s banquet noted, “The amount of habitat created by this farm’s efforts is truly amazing.”
Quail Unlimited is a national conservation organization, “Dedicated to the wise use and management of America’s wild quail, doves, upland game birds and other forms of wildlife.” The fundraising event provided numerous raffle opportunities for participants and included items such as firearms and hunting equipment and items up for live auction Ted Hoover of Cargill was auctioneer for the event. Many exciting items were auctioned including original paintings and stuffed quail. Perhaps the most exciting, however, were two female pups. Conner Holski and Charlie Rowell carried the pups around most of the evening prior to the auction, making sure that everyone in attendance got an up close and personal look. The pups slept peacefully most of the evening, until placed back in their kennel. The two young men who won the bidding for the pups both stated that they were very happy to get them. One noted, “I knew I wanted this one as soon as I got here.”
Local chapters of Quail Unlimited use fundraising proceeds for local habitat projects to benefit quail and other grassland species, and they are also involved in information and education, focusing on local landowners and area youth for each chapter.
More than 200 attended the event that included a steak and quail dinner. With the raffles, live auction and give-a-ways, few went home empty handed.