A story by Dave Smith on the first conservation plan for western quail
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.
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.
Strategically targeting agricultural conservation practices toward specific wildlife habitat and population objectives produces substantial benefits for focal species. These benefits are achievable with minimal or positive effects on agricultural production and profitability, according to a new study.
The Farm Bill is the largest source of federal funding for private lands conservation. As a result, it provides tremendous opportunities for the conservation of habitat for fish and wildlife species. If you’re confused about how the Farm Bill conservation programs work, here’s an excellent guide from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative with the financial support of: the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture; the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; the Intermountain West Joint Venture; Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever; Point Blue Conservation Science; Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory; and The Nature Conservancy.
While Oklahoma remains one of the strongest holdouts of bobwhite quail populations and habitat, wildlife professionals are proactively undertaking extensive efforts to understand and address the downward trend in quail populations. In the meantime, there is much that we do understand and that we can do today to positively benefit quail, particularly on our state’s private lands. It starts with ensuring that each of us does our part. This guide is going to cover several topics designed to help landowners make a real difference for quail on their property.