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.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

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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.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

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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.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

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Authors: whitew

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

Field and Stream ‘Hero For a Day’ Coming to Missouri

<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>On Saturday, June 15, 2013, Field and Stream is bringing their “Hero for a Day” event to Crowley’s Ridge Conservation Area near Bloomfield, Missouri.</p></div></div></div><p>Volunteers are being solicited to help the Department, the American Bird Conservancy and the local Quail Forever chapter to clear brush and trees and to build…</p>

MU Quail and Native Pollinator Field Day on June 20

Bill White
The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center will host a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day Thursday, June 20, 1-7 p.m.

COLUMBIA, Mo.–The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center will host a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day Thursday, June 20, 1-7 p.m.

The free event…

CRP Signups and Landowner Workshops Announced

Bill White
 
CRP Workshops are being held for landowners and agricultural producers in advance of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up that runs May 20th through June 14th.

CRP Workshops are being held for landowners and agricultural producers in advance of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up that runs May 20th through June 14th. Led by Quail Foreve, Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation and Missouri Department of Conservation staff, landowners can learn how to increase their farm or ranch income while creating wildlife habitat in the process.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/crp-signups-and-landowner-workshops-announced

State of the Bobwhite Quail in Missouri – 2012

 
Bill White
2012 proved to be another one of those years tough on quail in many areas of the state.

2012 proved to be another one of those years tough on quail in many areas of the state. While many of us thought that the drier spring helped produce one of the best quail hatches in recent memory, our hopes were soon dashed when the dry spring turned into the drought of a lifetime.

Key Messages: 

Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife.

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Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/state-bobwhite-quail-missouri-2012