Order Tree and Shrub Seedlings Now

Jeff Powelson, Private Land Conservationist, St. Joseph
 
Order seedlings from the George O. White State Nursery from Nov. 15 through April 30.

Native trees, shrubs and woody vines can help you improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation on your land. Order seedlings from the George O. White State Nursery from Nov. 15 through April 30.

The GEORGE O. WHITE STATE FOREST NURSERY near Licking offers Missouri residents a variety of seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, as well as for wildlife food and cover.

Key Messages: 

Missourians care about conserving forests, fish and wildlife.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/order-tree-and-shrub-seedlings-now

Burn warm-season grass stands to benefit native wildflowers and quail-brooding cover

 Jeff Powelson, Private Land Conservationist, St. Joseph
Now is a great time to prepare for next year’s summer beauty as well as next year’s brooding cover for upland birds.

As always, check with your local Missouri Department of Conservation office to determine if weather conditions are appropriate for burning. Burning should not be attempted in areas of Missouri which are still experiencing drought conditions .

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/burn-warm-season-grass-stands-benefit-native-wildflowers-and-quail-brooding-cover

Three New Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists added in Missouri

Bill White
 
Additions bring Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist total to six for the “Show-Me” state

The Missouri Department of Conservation and its partners announce the addition of three new Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists (FBWB) in Missouri, bringing the total number of Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists in the state to six. Casey Bergthold, Mary Crowell, and Scott Engelman will work with Missouri landowners and farmers to implement wildlife habitat conservation measures aimed at increasing quail, pheasant and other wildlife populations.

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/three-new-farm-bill-wildlife-biologists-added-missouri

Take a youth quail or pheasant hunting

Jeff Powelson, Private Land Conservationist
 
Late October/early November bring the beginning of several special opportunities for experienced hunters to mentor the younger generation.

Late October/early November bring the beginning of several special opportunities for experienced hunters to mentor the younger generation. Missouri’s upcoming Youth Hunting Days are as follows:

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/take-youth-quail-or-pheasant-hunting

Drought and the 2012 Quail Season Outlook

Max Alleger
 
Take a quick look at how the drought has affected quail habitat and numbers.

Drought conditions rightfully dominated small-talk throughout the long Missouri summer this year.  How did the Extreme Drought, as it came to be categorized by various drought tracking indices, impact quail habitat and numbers across the state?    

 

Key Messages: 

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

Authors: allegm

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/drought-and-2012-quail-season-outlook

Got Quail, Pheasant or Turkey?

Travis Dinsdale, Area Biologist, St. Joseph
How many quail, pheasant, and turkey broods have you seen and in which counties?

I’ve heard several good reports of quail, pheasant, and turkey broods throughout Missouri. I have personally seen four turkey broods, two quail broods, and one pheasant brood in the northwest part o…


Travis Dinsdale, Area Biologist, St. Joseph
How many quail, pheasant, and turkey broods have you seen and in which counties?

I’ve heard several good reports of quail, pheasant, and turkey broods throughout Missouri. I have personally seen four turkey broods, two quail broods, and one pheasant brood in the northwest part of the state. Now is the time you should be seeing all types of young wildlife.

Key Messages: 

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

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/got-quail-pheasant-or-turkey

What To Do?

By Bill White

USDA’s General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup is upon us and it’s decision time! With current grain prices, many landowners may be contemplating whether or not to re-enroll CRP acres. The next several b…


Bill White
USDA’s General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup is upon us and it’s decision time!

USDA’s General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup is upon us and it’s decision time! With current grain prices, many landowners may be contemplating whether or not to re-enroll CRP acres. The next several blog posts offer options to help you make an educated decision on the future of your CRP.

Authors: whitew

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/what-do

CRP Workshops Scheduled

By Bill White
In response to recent announcement of General CRP sign up 43, multiple CRP Landowner Workshops will be held throughout the month of March to inform producers and conservationists about Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-Up 43.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. CRP has a 25-year legacy of successfully protecting the nation’s natural resources through voluntary participation, while providing significant economic and environmental benefits to rural communities across the United States. 

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/crp-workshops-scheduled

Jump Starting Your Quail Population – Part 2

By Scott Sudkamp

In my last post, I gave a brief review of some scientific studies that have demonstrated the poor success of penned bird stocking systems purported to dramatically increase quail and pheasant populations. In case you’re still not convinced that stocking penned birds is a waste of time and money, today we’ll discuss a few potential negative consequences of stocking.

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/jump-starting-your-quail-population-part-2

Bringing Back the Memories

Mark Hutchings
Private Land Conservationist, Mt. Vernon
With landowners like Mark Costley in southwest MO, bobwhites certainly have a better chance of making a comeback and a whole suite of wildlife species are reaping the benefit.

Dr. Costley grew up in the small southwest Missouri town of Monett, he attended high school there and was part of a state championship football team in 1971, after high school he left for Columbia, MO to attend the University of MO. After graduating medical school at Mizzou, and completing his residency at Duke in NC, he found himself along with his wife, Terre, back in that same small SW MO town beginning a new practice as a family MD.

 

Read more http://mdc.mo.gov/blogs/more-quail/bringing-back-memories