Justin Folks is currently one of five Private Lands Wildlife Biologists in Virginia who provide free technical assistance to landowners interested in managing bobwhite quail habitat as part of Virginia’s Bobwhite Quail Recovery Initiative. His position is jointly-funded by Virginia Tech, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Folks will talk about bobwhite quail life history and habitat requirements, examples of ways to provide habitat, and how landowners can get technical assistance (and perhaps financial assistance) for wildlife habitat projects. Rockbridge landowners and residents who want to get involved in helping bring quail back to Virginia are encouraged to attend.
The bobwhite quail population has declined more than 80% in the past 40 years due to loss of the early successional habitat – including a mix of native grasses, brushy weeds, and wildflowers – that quail need for food, shelter, and raising their young. The same habitat supports other early-succession forest species, including pollinating insects.