Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Northern Bobwhite in Ohio

As reported here:
State wildlife experts continue to attempt to bring back native bobwhite quail. This week they released 109 wild birds captured in Kansas at the Highlandtown Wildlife Area in Columbia County.

Quail prospered in Ohio, but only after early settlers cleared forests to create quail-friendly farm fields and fence rows. Severe winter weather in the late 1970s wiped out quail and, like the ring-necked pheasant, the small birds are having a difficult time in the Buckeye State.

Ohio raised wild quail and released them, which failed. Since then, wild quail have been trapped in other states and quickly released here. Highlandtown Wildlife area has good quail habitat, with open meadows, wood lots and fence rows. Quail hunting will continue to be allowed only in select counties in southwestern Ohio.

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