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Peabody (KY) Bobwhite Rally Saturday

From the Park City (KY) Daily News: The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources hopes to motivate fowl enthusiasts to help restore the Bobwhite quail population through the Peabody Bobwhite Rally on Saturday at Peabody Wildlife Management Area, 1 Goose Lake Road, Drakesboro. NBCI Director Don McKenzie is scheduled to give an update of national restoration efforts as part of the day’s agenda. Click HERE to read more detail in the Daily News.

NRCS Plugs Natives on Drought Assistance Page

Click HERE to read USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s latest post on their Drought Assistance webpage. Check on the July 23 entry that outlines the benefits of native grasses, a subject NBCI continues to promote in D.C. for the benefit of bobwhites on private lands.

Field & Stream Joins QF Saturday on Missouri Quail Habitat Project

Quail Forever, Field & Stream Invite Bloomfield, Missouri Area Residents to Become Conservation Heroes
Magazine Joins Quail Forever Chapter to Improve Missouri Quail Habitat

Event is Open to the Public

St. Paul, Minn. – On Saturday, June 15, Field & Stream will join the Bootheel Bobwhites Chapter of Quail Forever, and local volunteers in a one-day, hands-on outdoor conservation project to aid the group’s efforts to improve quail habitat in Missouri, as part of the magazine’s Hero for a Day program. Read more about the bobwhite habitat effort HERE.

 

Southeast Farm Press: Do Native Grasses Have a Place on Alabama Farms?

NBCI has used the recent drought to work with agricultural interests in Washington and beyond to give serious consideration to the use of drought-tolerant, warm-season native grasses in livestock operations. An increasing number of agricultural interests, including publications, are picking up on the value of native grasses for livestock producers … and wildlife. Here’s another story from the Southeast Farm Press, this one regarding the value of native grasses in Alabama:

“A strange thing happened on the way toward settling North America. The cattle first brought to this continent centuries ago quickly eliminated native grass stands through overgrazing, leaving European settlers scrambling for transplanted grasses and clover.

“Consequently, those pastureland grasses we typically assume are as American as apple pie — bermudagrass and Kentucky bluegrass, for example — aren’t.

“We regularly plant 50 to 60 forage species, and hardly any of these are native grasses,” says Don Ball, an Alabama Cooperative Extension System forage specialist and Auburn University professor of agronomy and soils.

“Bermudagrass presumably first arrived in cattle feed brought over by Fernando de Soto. By the 19thcentury, it was being used as both a pasture grass and as a way to reduce soil erosion.

“Likewise, Kentucky bluegrass is anything but Kentuckian. It grew in Europe and Africa before it was brought to North America by early settlers.”

To read the complete story regarding using native grasses in Alabama agricultural operations, click HERE.