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Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011

Hello, my name is Spencer Bierschwale. I had the opportunity this summer to be a cadet at the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade. It was a great experience to learn more about the conservation of the Bobwhite Quail. I would like to share with you in this article more about what I learned.There are four main components needed for the survival of the Bobwhite quail and all species of wildlife: water, food, shelter, and space. There is always one component that will be a little weaker than the other 3. For example, if you have a 25 acre plot of land and your water source is in one corner of your property, then water is your weak component in the other 3 corners of your property.Quail need to have bunch grass that is at least six inches in diameter for their nests. Bunch grasses include little blue stem and sideoats grama. The area where they breed, nest and have their brood habitat needs to have grasses thick enough to protect the quail from predators. But it should not be so thick it prohibits movement of the quail. Their shelter is usually woody such as the lotebush, hackberry or prickly ash. It is usually better if the shelters are dome shaped. Habitats are best being just high enough to keep predators from coming in from the top and/or bottom but with small holes to allow the quail free movement in and out.The Bobwhite Brigade was a great experience for me and I would love the opportunity to visit with your club or group more about the Bobwhite Quail. I have recently presented to the Mason Lion’s Club and I thank them for allowing me the opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge with them. Please feel free to contact me about speaking to your group. My goal is to attain enough points through my presentations to return to camp again next summer as an Assistant Leader. (325.347.7099 or spencerbierschwale@gmail.com)

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