Upland Bird Workshop to Focus on Quail and Prairie Chicken Habitat

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.

            The workshop will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, beginning at 6:00 pm.  Location will be the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism Region 2 Office located at 300 SW Wanamaker inTopekaKS. For more information or to register please contact Brad Rueschhoff at 785-273-6740 or email[email protected]