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SD’s Pheasant Country PF Chapter Promotes Public Birding

The Morris-Muth Game Production Area was selected as the perfect location for the bird viewing blind because of the quality of its wetlands and upland habitat.

The Pheasant Country Pheasants Forever chapter based out of Mitchell, South Dakota, and partners have helped to place a new bird viewing blind at the Morris-Muth Game Production Area located 4 miles south of Fedora, South Dakota. The blind is aimed at providing opportunities for youth and others who would like to spend time in the outdoors viewing and photographing birds.

The bird viewing blind was a partner project that included Pheasants Forever, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and others.

To kick start this project, the Pheasant Country Pheasants Forever chapter received a grant from the Barb & Eliot Protsch Charitable Gift Fund. The chapter has been looking to become more involved in Pheasants Forever’s No Child Left Indoors® initiative and designed the bird viewing blind as a way to meet that goal. The Morris-Muth GPA was selected because of its large numbers of waterfowl and upland birds.

The bird viewing blind project was envisioned by local Pheasants Forever volunteers, and the Pheasant Country Pheasants Forever chapter contributed to half of the project cost. Special thanks go to local Pheasants Forever members Debra Kuchera of Mitchell, David Allen, president of the Pheasant Country Pheasants Forever chapter and Doug Molumby of Mitchell, past president of the chapter. Others working on the bird viewing blind project include Mike Blaalid, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist of Mitchell, Ryan Wendinger, Habitat Resource Biologist with the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks and Evan Meyer, Wildlife Conservation Officer in Miner County. The blind was designed by David Yeadon and Jerry Waldner of Quality Storage Buildings in Alexandria, South Dakota.

In addition to holding an upcoming ribbon ceremony, Pheasant Country Pheasants Forever chapter members will be connecting with local schools to inform them about the viewing blind’s availability (the blind is also accessible to those with disabilities).

Field Notes are written and compiled by Anthony Hauck Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauck.

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