Membership banquet allows wildlife group to invest in local habitat, education

SALEM — The public is invited to attend the Second Annual Indoor/Outdoor North  Egyptian Quail Forever Membership Banquet at 5 p.m. on July 20th at the “A Fair Barn” in Salem on Hotze Road.

There will be a meal and beverages along with raffles of numerous guns and outdoor items for all $25 a person. Tickets include dinner and beer. Tickets for people 20 and under will be $10 for dinner and non-alcoholic beverages.

Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Kunick presents
Mac Garrett with an award at the 2018 banquet for Garrett’s dedication and work on his land

The chapter is also offering $80 sponsorship tickets, which is two meal tickets and an annual membership or a $250 sponsorship which includes the membership, meal,raffle and exclusive sponsor gun entry.

All meal tickets cover event entry, meal and free drinks. All proceeds will be used for habitat projects and youth events in Marion County. It more important now than ever before to restore Bobwhite quail populations.

Contact your southern Illinois Wildlife Habitat biologist Jeremy Kunick at 618-315-3020 or Chapter President Scott Tolliver at 618-267-6286, Treasurer Mike Malone at 618-407-5903, or member Steve Sanders at 618-267-1879 for more Information.

The second year for the chapter has been just as an exciting one as the first. They ere able to donate $5,000 to the Illinois Conservation funds this past year and they were able to fund two habitat projects, with three more recently being approved.

One project involved a collaboration of area FFA groups from Sandoval and Odin and also the Sandoval Masonic Lodge. This was an educational event on one-acre of land donated by the Masons. Seven-acres of wildlife habitat were also funded, and the chapter also sponsored the Odin Shooting Team.

The chapter hopes that with continued support from the community it can help the community through continued improvement of habitat for future generations.