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Bluebonnet Study Club Hears from Spencer Bierschwale
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 • Posted October 26, 2011

Spencer Bierschwale, who had the opportunity last summer, to be a cadet at the Rolling Plains Bobwhite brigade and to study the Bobwhite quail, made a presentation to members of the Mason Bluebonnet Study Club at their October 17 meeting. He brought a colordul display board to illustrate what he learned about the quail.He told his audience that four main components are needed for the survival of the quail. They must have adequate water, food, shelter, and space. Areas where they breed need to have grasses thick enough to protect the quail from predators, but not so thick that they cannot move about in it.Bierschwale told of participating in a tagging program where radio transmitters were placed on the quail in order to track and study them. He observed that coveys are usually 4 or 5 birds and that larger groups will break apart to form the smaller covey. Quail, because of their build, can only be flushed about three times before becoming fatigued because of the energy that they expend. That leaves them vulnerable to predators.Bierschwale told the club members and guests that he earns points for each presentation that he makes and hopes to earn enough points to return to the camp next year as an assistant leader. He said that any organization who would like a presentation could call him at 325-347-7099 or email him at presentation brought a hearty round of applause from club members and guests which included Judge Rob Hofmann.

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