Habitat & Conservation  |  02/04/2020

Podcast Ep. 62: A Bobwhite Quail Success Story in Missouri

The precipitous decline of America’s bobwhite quail populations has been well-documented over the years.  However, the state of Missouri has a few shining examples of reversing that quail decline with landowner enthusiasm for conservation, aided by the expertise of local biologists.  Host Bob St.Pierre is joined by Chris McLeland, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s southern regional director along with Lee Metcalf and Tim Kavan, private lands conservationists with the Missouri Department of Conservation and Quail Forever chapter volunteers, to explain what’s bringing back bobwhites in Missouri.  

Episode highlights include:
  • An explanation of the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and how Missouri fits into the national plan for quail management. 
  • How adding more forbs and more shrubs to northern Missouri private lands projects has produced three times more quail.  
  • The benefits of edge-feathering and the disadvantages of brush piles for bobwhites.