Pictures courtesy of Carol Mitchell.
Upland Bird information nights and more information concerning the Quail Initiative program highlight Phil’s “What’s in Outdoors” October activities.
UPLAND BIRD MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP IN TOPEKA…Upland bird populations in Northeast Kansas remain lower than historical long-term trends. Many landowners have seen traditional game bird populations like the bobwhite quail and greater prairie-chicken decline substantially over the years. Even other non-game grassland birds such as the eastern meadowlark and loggerhead shrike have experienced similar population declines. While many factors contribute to these declines, biologists and many landowners understand that quality habitat is the driving force for improving upland bird populations.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT) is hosting an Upland Bird Management Workshop to discuss what landowners and tenants can do for these birds and other wildlife on their property. Since approximately 97% of Kansas is privately owned land, the fate of all upland bird populations lies in the hands of private landowners. If you are concerned about declining upland bird numbers then you will want to mark the evening of October 22, 2013 on your calendar. Brad Rueschhoff, KDWPT Wildlife Biologist, will discuss basic habitat requirements and life needs of the bobwhite quail and greater prairie chicken from egg through adult stage, effective habitat management practices landowners can implement on their land, and KDWPT Private Landowner Assistance Programs which can provide technical and cost-share assistance. In addition, Sara Fredrickson, NRCS District Conservationist will give overviews of USDA Farm Bill Programs such as EQIP, General CRP, and Continuous CRP practices which are beneficial to wildlife while also conserving soil and water resources. Time will be allowed at the end of the evening for a question and answer session.
Admission is free. Participants will receive a packet containing information on habitat requirements, management practices, and cost-share assistance programs available. Landowners and the general public are encouraged to attend.