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Burning and birds — workshops to offer answers

For landowners, foresters and others who have questions about prescribed burning and game bird habitat management can find answers at upcoming events.

Mississippi State University is offering land management workshops in Panola and Pike counties. The workshops are designed for landowners, foresters, loggers and wildlife biologists.

The MSU Extension Service, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will host the Game Bird Workshop in Batesville on Feb. 21 and in McComb on Feb. 28. The $30 registration fee includes lunch, snacks and publications.

“Upland game bird wildlife biologists and managers will teach basic concepts in quail and turkey biology, habitat management, supplemental plantings and the effectiveness of supplementing a property with pen-reared quail,” said Bronson Strickland, MSU Extension wildlife management specialist.

The Prescribed Burning Workshop will be in Sardis on Feb. 22 and McComb on March 1. The $10 registration fee includes lunch, snacks and materials.

“Prescribed burning experts will teach attendees about the history of using fire for management, legal issues and developing a burn plan,” Strickland said. “Weather permitting, we’ll have a burning demonstration.”

Sign-in for all the workshops begins at 8:30 a.m. The programs run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Advance registration by Feb. 17 is required for these workshops. For registration and location information, go to www.cfr.msstate.edu/workshops/gamebird/.

Registered foresters, loggers and wildlife biologists can receive professional credit hours for the workshops.

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