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Wildlife Management alumna Kelsey DeZalia ’14 joins Quail Forever as Missouri-based Farm Bill Biologist:


DeZalia to Help Landowners Manage for Wildlife in Southeast Missouri

Quail Forever, and its partners are pleased to announce the hiring of Kelsey DeZalia as our Farm Bill Biologist covering Scott and Stoddard counties in Missouri. DeZalia will assist landowners in designing, developing, and funding habitat improvements on private lands through a unique partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Kelsey grew up in upstate NY, but don’t let that concern you! Since graduating with a B.T. in Wildlife Management from SUNY Cobleskill, her career path has brought her to work for various (state and federal) organizations and a wide array of wildlife species and habitats. From the natural wetlands of upstate New York, to the old growth forests of Connecticut, and the grasslands of North Dakota; Kelsey has worked with Ruffed and Sharp-tailed grouse, wild turkey, various waterfowl species, as well as some work with Eastern box turtles.

Her passion began in her youth as her parents repeatedly exposed her to the wonders of the outdoors. Beginning at bobber fishing with night crawlers, growing into and sharing her dad’s passion for hunting, to learning the value of simple quiet enjoyment - Kelsey quickly understood the importance of conserving and preserving habitat.

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