“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Remember waking up to the Bobwhite Quail call on your farm? Bring it back with the right mix of native species and several well-established quail covey headquarters. These are woody “shrub islands” that quail can use as loafing and safe areas. Follow your planting with a quail-friendly management regime to guarantee good hunting habitat on your farm.
Throughout their lives, quail need a variety of cover and forage.
Without all these components, quail have a hard time surviving and reproducing. How you design your quail covey headquarters is not as important as including all the required cover types listed above.
The Missouri Department of Conservation’s MOre Quail page shares periodic tips and insights that will help you create high-quality quail habitat in every season.
See our Grow Native! Resource Guide for wildlife habitat and ecological service professionals and others who will help you manage your land for conservation.
Article in Missouri Prairie Journal “Native Warm Season Grass News:” Study Suggests Managed Grasslands Support More Quail than Traditional Food Plots/Shrub Strips