Land use changes have drastically cut bobwhite quail populations across the southern U.S., but there are steps landowners can take to give the birds a wing up.
Quail numbers boomed before the Civil War, then declined rapidly due to many factors involving how land is used and how it affects conditions the quail need including water, cover and roosting areas.
Restoring quail habitat is one of the sessions on the agenda at the May 18 Forestry Workshop and Field Day at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope. The program runs from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
“This workshop includes not only classroom, but field also presentations so landowners with forested areas can see what works in the real world,” said Jon Barry, associate professor-forestry extension for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “It’s amazing how big a difference small changes can make in improving forest habit for both the trees and wildlife.”
The program opens at 8:30 with registration.
9:15 a .m. – auditorium presentations
Managing Forests for Wildlife — Rebecca McPeake, Cooperative Extension Service
Tree Identification — Jon Barry, Cooperative Extension Service
11:15 a.m. – field presentations
Tree ID Field Tour – Jon Barry
Quail Habitat Restoration –Rex Roberg, Cooperative Extension Service
1 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. – auditorium presentation
Arkansas Forestry Commission Services to Landownersby Larry Nance, deputy state forester, Arkansas Forestry Commission
Registration is $15 at the door, or $10 if registered by May 11. Contact Jon Barry at 870-777-9702 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration forms and updates will be available at http://swrec.uark.edu/index.htm.