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…
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).
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.
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.
I have been leaving the house around 4 AM each…
<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>