IN THIS ISSUE...
- A Chapter and Coalition Devoted to Seeing Wild Quail Back on Public Lands in Georgia
- Southwest Georgia Chapter of Quail Forever Helps Bring Back Bobwhites
- Historic Resources Happenings
- Your Support Needed for Conservation Easement Funding in Florida
RESEARCH & LAND MANAGEMENT
- Prescribed Fire Consortium Meets at Tall Timbers
- New Project Studies Effects of Longleaf’s Multi-century Life Cycle
- Birds of a Covey Often Stay Together
- Good Bobwhite Carryover
- Red Hills Land Conservation Opportunity Fund Created
- Conservation Easement Donors Honored at Red Hills Spring Dinner
- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam Speaks at Red Hills Spring Dinner
Spring 2017 | Vol 10 | No 2
Good Bobwhite Carryover Sets the Stage for a Productive Breeding Season
We often say, “Dead hens don’t lay eggs,” because good carryover to April is essential to have high numbers of available breeders going into the nesting season. This year we observed fantastic over-winter survival of 61% and 68% in the Red Hills and Albany areas, respectively, indicating that we are carrying over more birds, on average, into the breeding season than typical. Warm winter weather contributed to less than ideal hunting conditions, but proved advantageous to bobwhite survival. The presence of avian predators associated with annual hawk migrations in fall and winter was abbreviated compared to previous years, resulting in lower than normal mortality during those times. As such, we are cautiously optimistic about the upcoming breeding season, given that survival and carryover were good, but we are a little concerned about the weather forecast going into breeding season. In both the Albany and Red Hills regions, we are already terribly dry and the NOAA forecast is pointing to a drier than normal spring and summer, which can have negative impacts on nesting activity.
Supplemental feeding can help to offset stress germane to reproduction and weather. Similarly, keeping meso-predators in check through trapping can help to increase nest survival. These management actions will be beneficial if reproductive activity is dampened due to poor (dry) weather conditions during the upcoming months.