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Posts tagged: Longleaf Pine Initiative

Create Quail Habitat on Your Land

Posted by Renee Bodine on May 19, 2016 at 11:37 AM
A northern bobwhite quail sits in a tree.

The northern bobwhite quail population has declined in America.

Bill Barnhill recalls the days when a robust quail population brought hunters to Florida’s panhandle for national field trials. Since then, the species has declined 85 percent in the United States, according to some estimates. So when he hosted a quail habitat workshop recently, it was no surprise when 100 people crowded into his hunting lodge eight miles northwest of Crestview, Florida to learn how to bring back the northern bobwhite quail. Here is just some of what they learned.

Why are quail in decline? A loss of habitat is the primary reason. In the 1940s, coveys thrived on small farms along the edges of fields, hedgerows, fencerows and windbreaks. But small fields gave way to industrial farms with large expansive fields and development consumed open native grasslands. After decades of fire suppression, undergrowth was choking out quail forage, nesting cover and protection.  Read more >>

Tags: Florida, Longleaf Pine Initiative, Working Lands for Wildlife

categories Landscape Initiatives, Plants & Animals