Quail Are Living “On the Edge,” Updated Publication Now Available

Jason Sykes, Area Biologist
The popular publication On the Edge – A Guide to Managing Land for Bobwhite Quail has undergone a makeover.
First published in 2003, the MDC publication On the Edge – A Guide to Managing Land for Bobwhite Quail, has recently been updated and expanded. In an age where on-line articles can change daily, or even hourly, a decade or more is a long time between updates to a hard copy publication. As the saying goes, though, good things come to those that wait!  

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Updates Coming to MOre Quail Blog

Jason Sykes, Area Biologist
2015 will bring more frequent updates to the MOre Quail Blog.
In the coming weeks, you should notice that the updates to the MOre Quail Blog will be more frequent and encompass a greater range of topics. The number of contributors will be expanded to include a range of resource professionals from around the state of Missouri, including managers of public areas, conservationists who work with private landowners, and researchers that try to answer the many questions we still have about quail and their management.

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Winter 2014 Covey Headquarters Newsletter Available

Jason Sykes
The new edition of the Covey Headquarters Newsletter is now available for download.
As the the 2014 calendar is replaced with a shiny new 2015 one, most people’s thoughts turn away from the giving and receiving of the holiday season.  There are a few hardy souls, though, that venture out into the winter weather hoping for some gifts well into the New Year.  For those that have put in the hard work to manage their property for Mr.

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Quail quest 4- Missouri Quail Focus Areas

Bill White
In spite of my advanced state of aging it was heartening during this last week of quail season to be with hunters in their mid-20s and 30s.

The very best hunts I have had this year occurred at the end of the 2013-14 season and prompted my older son, Adam, to start looking for a bird dog of his own. Adam’s c…


Bill White
In spite of my advanced state of aging it was heartening during this last week of quail season to be with hunters in their mid-20s and 30s.

The very best hunts I have had this year occurred at the end of the 2013-14 season and prompted my older son, Adam, to start looking for a bird dog of his own. Adam’s childhood friends like to bird hunt, but don’t have dogs and so invite my dog up each year to hunt with them…and I get to go along. Fortunately for us they have connections with landowners in one of northwest Missouri’s Quail Focus Areas (QFA).

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/quail-quest-4-missouri-quail-focus-areas

Summer 2

Bill White
 
June breeding bird surveys from the 2C Quail Focus Area show more bobwhite quail and grassland songbirds calling in the focus area than in a nearby control area.

At the end of June I shared my experience of watching a summer day dawn on the landscape, while conducting quail and grassland songbird surveys in one of our Quail Focus Areas in northern Missouri. On these June mornings, I join dozens of volunteers in seven states piloting a national effort to inventory habitat conditions and bird populations within designated quail focus areas.

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/summer-2

Quail Steal the Show

Mary Crowell, Quail Forever Farm Bill Biologist
 
The University of Missouri Bradford Research Center, outside of Columbia, held a “Bobwhite Quail and Native Pollinator Field Day” on June 20th. Tour participants were so caught up with the chorus of quail calls, I’m not sure they heard much of what we had to tell them!

The University of Missouri Bradford Research Center, outside of Columbia, held a “Bobwhite Quail and Native Pollinator Field Day” on June 20th. One of the stations on the evening wagon tour was a stop to discuss habitat management techniques and a demonstration on how to conduct a fall bobwhite quail covey count. We had set up electronic game callers that played the quail covey call that landowners would hear in the autumn if they wanted to conduct covey counts on their properties.

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/quail-steal-show

Summer

Bill White
A good friend recently shared with me the lyrics of the old John Denver song “Summer”. It describes perfectly what I have been embraced in each morning as I sit in the country along a secluded gravel road waiting for the quail, pheasant and songbirds to wake up.

I have been leaving the house around 4 AM each…

Celebrate National Pollinator Week at MU’s Bradford Farm on June 20

<div class=”field field-type-nodereference field-field-bio-reference”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item odd”> Bill White </div></div></div><div class=”field field-type-text field-field-teaser”><div class=”field-items”><div class=”field-item odd”><p>Pollinators provide assistance to fruit, vegetable and seed crops, but many native pollinator species are declining. Join us at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center for a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day Thursday, June 20, 1-7 p.m.</p></div></div></div><p>The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research C…</p>

Summer 2013 Covey Headquarters Newsletter Now Available

Bill White
The Summer 2013 Covey Headquarters Newsletter is now available.

The Summer Covey Headquarters Newsletter is now available click here to view it

In this issue –

Brood habitat information

Nesting notes

Bradford Farm quail and pollinator field day

The mowing “dead zone”

Conservation Reserve Program mid-contract management calendar and much more

If the above link doesn’t work, go to mdc.mo.gov and type “2013 summer covey headquarters newsletter” in the search box.

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/summer-2013-covey-headquarters-newsletter-now-available