STILLWATER, Okla. – There are several factors at play as to why Northern bobwhite quail populations have dwindled statewide, and Oklahoma State University is conducting research to get to the root of the problem.
“Loss and degradation of habitats have certainly played a significant role in the decline of quail populations throughout their range as well as in Oklahoma,” said Chip Leslie, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit leader. “The major problems are urbanization, large-scale agriculture and more recently, changes in landownership patterns.”
To answer the question of where Oklahoma’s bobwhites have gone, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has committed to a six-year, $2.7 million grant to fund OSU’s research. Read more HERE.