Event in conjunction with the Heartland Wildlife Expo
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Quail Unlimited (QU) will host its annual National Convention in Kansas City July 26-29 at the Westin Crown Center . The organization will be celebrating its 25th anniversary of quail conservation. The theme for this year’s annual convention is “Flight To The Future.”

Hundreds of chapter delegates from across the country will gather at the convention for a wide array of conservation seminars, workshops, and award presentations. Some of the topics to be covered are herbicide use, prescribed fire, youth education and conservation, hunting preserve management and game bird production, and bobwhite biology. Various chapters and individuals will be recognized and presented awards for outstanding achievements.

For those delegates interested, there will also be a pre-convention habitat tour on July 26. The tour will feature the West Central Missouri Chapter’s habitat projects, including CP-33 field borders, CRP mid-contract management, edge feathering, woody vegetation control, prescribed burning, native grass plantings, and other demonstration plots. The local chapter has won QU's first place for national habitat three years in a row. Included will be an overview of quail biology, habitat, and management, as well as a tour of Sharp Brothers Seed production facilities.

Concurrent with the annual convention, the Heartland Wildlife Expo will be hosted by Quail Unlimited at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall July 28-30. The Expo is open to the public for $7; children under 18 and Quail Unlimited members will be admitted free. Expo hours are 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Exhibit hall visitors can register for a free ATV, tour the Purina Sporting Dog Village, attend free bird dog training seminars by Rick Smith, view Bass Pro Shop’s “King of Bucks” collection, play in the Kid’s corner, and see the latest in hunting and outdoor gear at over 200 exhibitor booths.

Landowners can obtain habitat advice and planning from a team of professional wildlife biologists. Aerial photographs will be available for Missouri and Kansas landowners; visitors from other states will need to bring their own photographs.
For more information, view QU's website ; email cdean@qu.org ; or call Quail Unlimited at 803-637-5731.