Evaluation of Northern Bobwhite and Scaled Quail in Western Oklahoma

P-1054 quailA six-year cooperative study of quail on two western Oklahoma wildlife management areas has confirmed that weather and habitat influence sizable fluctuations in the number of birds each year. This finding was among several important results that are detailed in this report, released by the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station in the Division of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University in January 2019.

Tell Judkins, upland game biologist for the Wildlife Department, pointed out some notable findings from this long-term study:

  • Surface water helps to concentrate quail but does not help to increase the number of quail.
  • Quail survival is affected more by extreme cold (near 0 degrees F) than by extreme heat (near 100 degrees F) as long as shrubs were available for loafing and shade during the hot weather.
  • About one in five bobwhite nests contained eggs from two different hens, which could indicate a survival strategy of mixing genetics in a single clutch.
  • Strip disking did not show much benefit on Beaver River WMA due to the amount of open ground and forbs favored by quail already present.

NBCI P-R Report (June 2017)

The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative is a multi-state project funded in part through compiled Wildlife Restoration (also known as Pittman-Robertson, or P-R) grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and several participating states, under the authority of the Federal Aid in Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. This document is the annual report for July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 required by agreements with the following state agencies: 

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism
  • Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
  • Ohio Division of Wildlife
  • Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

KY Entry Level Biologist Position w/May 10 Deadline

This is an announcement for an entry-level biologist position. Selected individual would be employed by Quail Unlimited in partnership with Kentucky Dept. Fish & Wildlife Resources and The Kentucky National Guard.

 
 

Lesser Prairie Chicken Project Job Vacancies

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) is seeking two Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) Service Directors. These positions will be based in one of the five states within the range of the lesser prairie chicken – Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas or Colorado. Application Deadline is Dec. 1, 2014.