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FIELD DAY PLANNED FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN MANAGING WATERFOWL HABITATS

Mississippi State -- Mississippians can learn how to manage waterfowl habitat during an upcoming field day in Tallahatchie County.

“Knowledge of how to plant, manage and manipulate wetland habitats across Mississippi for the benefit of resident and migratory waterfowl can put hunters and managers ahead of the game,” said Adam Tullos, natural resource enterprises associate with Mississippi State University's Extension Service.

The Waterfowl Management Field Day for landowners, hunters or waterfowl enthusiasts will be Oct. 21 at Charleston Farms. There is limited space available, and only the first 100 to register will be accepted.

“This field day with an on-farm demonstration is designed to help people make their land more attractive to waterfowl or wildlife in general,” Tullos said.

MSU's Extension Service, MSU's Natural Resource Enterprises Program and the Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program are sponsoring the demonstration. The field day will be held on an actively managed demonstration farm illustrating management practices varying from inexpensive, low-impact techniques to intensive, multi-year manipulation approaches.

Professional wildlife biologists and wildlife officers from state and federal agencies along with resource managers from other organizations will be on hand to instruct and answer questions about migratory bird management, and hunting restrictions related to waterfowl and other migratory birds.

Tullos said wildlife biologists, engineers, enforcement officials and field staff from several public and private groups will come together to make this field day an informative and enjoyable event. Groups and agencies united in the effort include MSU; Ducks Unlimited; the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; the Natural Resources Conservation Service; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and others.

“These professionals will describe ways to plant, manage and manipulate a variety of vegetation types designed to attract migratory birds while providing excellent hunting opportunities,” Tullos said.

For further information about this event or to register, contact the Tallahatchie County Extension Office at (662) 647-8746 or visit the Natural Resource Enterprises program on the Internet at http://www.naturalresources.msstate.edu/events. A registration fee of $15 applies and will cover lunch.

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