We are excited to announce that a new Farm Bill Biologist, Scott James, and a new Outreach Coordinator, Katie Kauzlarich, have been hired in Northwest Illinois. Scott began Jul. 1st and works with area landowners and farmers to implement wildlife habitat conservation measures. Katie began Jul. 1st and works statewide to introduce youth and the public to nature and shooting sports. Through a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) and Pheasants Forever (PF), Scott and Katie aim to strengthen pheasant conservation in Illinois.

Scott is located in the Galesburg NRCS Field Office and serves Knox, Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Warren Counties. Scott is a native of Rock Island County. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. Since that time, Scott served overseas with the National Guard, worked as a waterfowl research technician on two projects, and worked for Quail Forever in Southeast Missouri. He has been interested in wildlife conservation work since childhood and plans to conserve wildlife as much as possible in Illinois. Scott is one of five Illinois Farm Bill Biologists and they are employees of, and supervised by PF, with daily instruction and leadership provided by NRCS. Scott can be reached at (309) 660-3147 or sjames@pheasantsforever.org

Scott James

Katie is located in Farmington and will oversee youth education and recruitment activities for Illinois’ 41 Pheasants Forever chapters and 19 Quail Forever chapters representing over 10,000 members. A native of Farmington, Illinois, Kauzlarich graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, and is currently a graduate student at Western Illinois University. In addition to her graduate studies, Kauzlarich has been employed as a naturalist at Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights since 2013. For more information about youth programs or becoming involved with conservation education in Illinois, contact Kathryn Kauzlarich at (309) 264- 1678 or kkauzlarich@pheasanstforever.org

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