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Amid years of doom and gloom predictions for the bobwhite quail, we can see a bright light on the horizon. That bright light got a little brighter this fall as the Department and our partner Quail Forever began an effort to inventory quail numbers on several of our private land Quail Focus Areas (QFAs) for the first time.
The University of Missouri Bradford Research Center, outside of Columbia, held a “Bobwhite Quail and Native Pollinator Field Day” on June 20th. Tour participants were so caught up with the chorus of quail calls, I’m not sure they heard much of what we had to tell them!
A good friend recently shared with me the lyrics of the old John Denver song "Summer". It describes perfectly what I have been embraced in each morning as I sit in the country along a secluded gravel road waiting for the quail, pheasant and songbirds to wake up.
Pollinators provide assistance to fruit, vegetable and seed crops, but many native pollinator species are declining. Join us at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center for a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day Thursday, June 20, 1-7 p.m.