Blog Posts from MOre Quail - 2011

Wanted: The Unwanted

Jun 14, 2011

Its ability to thrive under a variety of conditions and its tendency to crowd out more palatable plants are among the reasons it has become noxious in some states.

large group of sericea lespedeza plants

Register Now for Missouri Quail Summit and Bradford Farm Field Tours

Jun 10, 2011

Quail are making a comeback, and conservationists will be flocking to the Missouri Bobwhite Quail Summit to help bring back these native birds.

bobwhite quail

What Do I Do Now?

Jun 09, 2011

Check out “The Covey Headquarters” quarterly newsletter. This free publication is published four times a year and is filled with timely habitat management tips, suggestions and success stories from landowners throughout the Midwest.

Building Better Brood Habitat

May 31, 2011

Reduce dominant grasses to create prime brooding cover.

Quail chick in brood habitat

Brood Habitat: Where the Bugs Are

May 24, 2011

Weedy brood habitat is best for bugs and bobwhites.

Surf Over to the NBCI Website

May 11, 2011

Quail enthusiasts will want to add the NBCI website to their "favorites" list.

Go Eat a Bug

May 02, 2011

Insects are an important food for quail chicks and nesting hens.

Xysticus crab spider, individual, on rough blazing star flowerhead.

The Basics of Bobwhite Nesting

Apr 26, 2011

Through 80-plus years of study, wildlife researchers have made some surprising discoveries about the bobwhite's reproduction.

Photo of Newly Hatched Quail Chicks

Turkasaurus Rex?

Apr 18, 2011

Many hunters are convinced that the wild turkey is some super predator, crashing through the thickets and fields like the T. rex from Jurassic Park. But there’s no evidence to suggest this is the case.

Turkeys Don’t Threaten Quail

Too Much Grass?

Apr 11, 2011

“What’s this?” you say. “I thought quail needed grass.” Well, it’s certainly true that quail need some grass as part of their habitat, but, through research, we know that they don’t need as much as many folks think. We also know that their populations can decline when we have too much of it.

Photo of diverse grassland, including wildflowers

What the Heck is "Early Successional Habitat"?

Apr 05, 2011

Readers who follow habitat management literature have probably run across the term “early successional management.” This is one of those terms that biologists and land managers use often. But because it’s not used much by anyone else, it may leave many scratching their heads about what it means. In short, it means weed patches.

Quail chick in brood habitat

Spring Into Action

Apr 01, 2011

Begin improving the wildlife habitat on your farm by converting fescue.

A person on an ATV uses a sprayer to eradicate fescue.

Planting Dead Sticks

Mar 25, 2011

Treat shrub plantings like you would a crop or garden.

planting a seedling

Are You A Pole Burner?

Mar 02, 2011

Don’t let your passion for wildlife restoration burn out of control. Attend a prescribed burn workshop near you, then follow your burn plan!

photo of utility pole burnt in two

Spring 2011 Covey Headquarters Newsletter Now Available

Feb 26, 2011

This issue is packed with information on quail habitat management techniques and activities to be conducted during the spring, as well as other timely topics.

Snow Melt - Oh, What A Relief For Wildlife!

Feb 16, 2011

Is there anything we can do to help the birds the next time we get a tough winter?

Three quail huddle in snow-covered brush.

After the Blizzard of 2011, Can You STILL Find the Quail in this Picture?

Feb 06, 2011

Even after last week’s snowstorm, the quail are still alive and still under the shrub thickets shown in the photo from last week’s post.

photo of two quail in snowy woods

Can You Find the Quail in This Photo?

Jan 29, 2011

While you ponder the number of quail in this shrub thicket, consider that quail rely on dense shrubs every day.

Why We Don't Stock Quail

Jan 12, 2011

We get a lot of questions from hunters about why we do not stock quail. Here are some insights from Department quail biologist Beth Emmerich.