Quail research reveals surprises
by Scott Sudkamp
MDC researchers in southwest Missouri are studying how bobwhite quail respond to two different types of landscapes.
For decades, hunters and biologists alike have considered quail to be primarily associated with agricultural landscapes – a mix of crop fields, idle grassy areas for nesting and brushy hedgerows for cover and protection. While it was known that quail also could be found in prairies and well-managed pastures, it was thought that they probably preferred the ag landscapes and that