The National Park Service, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Ozark Regional Land Trust, Arkansas Master, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Arkansas State Parks, Benton County Quail, and Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation have all banded together to fight back land uses that have changed the landscape and its ability to provide habitat for northern bobwhite.
The field day is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., and will highlight the practices used at the park to create a bobwhite-friendly landscape while restoring the land back to more of its appearance during the Civil War era.
A bird dog demonstration will kick off the activities at 9 a.m. Asher will give presentations during the event, as well as Kevin Eads, Superintendent of Pea Ridge and NBCI Director Don McKenzie. University of Arkansas Graduate Student Phillip Stevenson also will have a thorough discussion on the importance of pollinators and how the park’s actions will enhance their habitat. Food will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Self-guided tours will feature seed drill demonstrations, bobwhite habitat requirements, field and grass management, and eastern red cedar removal at specified locations around the park. Bird dog demonstrations will be held adjacent to the park at Patton Road. Maps will be provided at each stop, and each station will have personnel ready to explain key activities and answer questions.