Landowners Interested in Conservation Projects
Many landowners, large and small, are now joining us to participate in habitat improvement projects so they can enjoy wildlife and take advantage of the ways in which Quail Forever can help improve their land.
If you’re a landowner that would like to get more involved and further improve some habitat on your property, you can easily join Quail Forever to have easy access to a variety of resources. In addition to the numerous governmental programs available, many conservation enthusiasts will be available to help answer questions and provide some unique, but simple, ideas.
Here are some very simple ways you can help improve habitat on your property without much effort:
A.Consider planting a few strips of crops adjacent to woodland edges
B. Let some of those fencerows have some width and grow into a bramble for nesting. Let the sumac take over within the fencerow and plant a few raspberry plants, wild grape vines or bittersweet vines.
C. Let a small low area be a small low area that stays wet so upland creatures have access to water. Or, consider digging a small pond.
D. Plant some small areas in wildflowers near to those woodland edges. Wildflowers draw bugs.
E. Let some weeds be. Ragweed is one of the favorites of both quail and pheasants because of the bugs it draws throughout the spring and summer, as well as the food from the seeds through the early winter months. Pigweed and velvet leaf are almost as good a ragweed.
F. Let some grassland areas be grassland areas. Not all of your property needs to be as pristine as a golf course if you’re hoping to see some wildlife.
G. Along those woodland edges that don’t produce well, do some edge feathering and put in some feeders approximately 50-75 ft. apart.
H.Put out two or more corn feeders within a small area close to brushy cover within 50-75 ft. apart.
I. Use your snowmobile or tractor to tramp down or reduce deep snow near to those feeders or woodland edges or fencerows.
J. There are many programs within Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever where you may obtain inexpensive seed or feed to keep those upland birds healthy during the tough winter months. Click here for more information.
K. Top notch management is to keep a plowed road leading to your feeders. Keep in mind people who ice fish on lakes keep their roads open so they can get to their fish houses. We’re creating the same helpful access for quail and upland birds.