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February 2005 Report
Northern Bobwhite, Red-shouldered Hawk (section), by John James Audubon, watercolor, accession number. 1863.17.076.
© Collection of The New-York Historical Society

Think "location" in quail estate, too

... Cover for bobwhite coveys are brushy areas where bobwhites can escape from predators. (In the Midwest) the ideal area is about 1,500 sq. feet. It should be at least 20 feet wide, with a combination of brushpiles and upright shrubby growth, such as American plumb, shrub dogwood, blackberry or indigo bush. These plants allow quail to move around without fear of hawks, but also allow them to fly away from foxes and other land-based predators.

The value of covey headquarters is diminished if it is not near other suitable bobwhite habitat. The best site is near the corner of a field with row crops, food plots or lightly disked grassland on one side, and well-managed, wildelife-friendly grassland nearby.*

For more information about programs and assistance to land owners for quail management, contact your nearest Conservation Department office.

* Jim Low, "News & Almanac." The Missouri Conservationist Vol. 66, Issue 2 (February 2005), p. 28.


Your winter backyard birds like help, too

This Northern Mockingbird is enjoying gourmet service: grapes, rasins and mealworms, from Carolyn Kingeter, a loving friend in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. For emergency-only kitchen foods for birds see click here.


--Wild Birds For the 21st Century
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