Chapter will promote “Bobwhite Buffers” in northeast Kansas
Residents of Marshall County have formed Kansas’ ninth Quail Forever (QF) chapter in an effort to protect and enhance bobwhite quail habitat. The Marshall County Chapter of QF is also aiming to involve local youth in outdoor activities.
“The Marshall County quail population is significantly down from where it once was,” explained Jordan Martincich, QF Regional Representative in eastern Kansas, “This long term shift can be attributed mainly to a sharp decline in the quality and quantity of quail habitat – and that is exactly what the Marshall County chapter wants to reverse.”
The chapter will work with landowners to promote and help enroll acres in federal Conservation Practice 33 (CP-33), most commonly referred to as “Bobwhite Buffers,” which establish the edge habitat along fields, streams and woods that bobwhites love. The program has been well-received in Kansas, with over 32,000 acres already making a difference for bobwhites and other upland birds. “I’ve personally seen what setting aside ‘Bobwhite Buffers’ can do,” stated Donald Argo, the chapter’s president and a Marysville resident, “That’s why I know with the support of both Quail Forever and Marshall County residents, we can make a difference that everyone will see.”
While restoring nesting cover, brood rearing habitat and food resources for quail and other wildlife, the chapter is also seeking to increase interest and participation in the outdoors by local youth. “It’s important to do things that get the youth involved,” said Argo, “It doesn’t matter how much habitat work is done today if there isn’t anyone to help protect and carry on this tradition in the future.” The chapter will utilize Quail Forever’s No Child Left Indoors® national initiative, which is aimed at getting youth involved with outdoor activities again.
The Marshall County Chapter of QF has also elected Robert Skillin of Blue Rapids as the treasurer, Blake Klema of Blue Rapids as habitat chair and William Lamb of Blue Rapids as the youth/education chair. For more information about the chapter and upcoming events, please contact Donald Argo at (785) 562-2744 or via e-mail at DAAMDMSKS@hotmail.com.
Kansas is home to nine QF chapters and 1,000 QF members. For more information on Quail Forever in Kansas, to start a chapter or join one of the state’s existing chapters, contact Jordan Martincich, QF Regional Representative in eastern Kansas, at (816) 560-1070 or via email at JMartincich@quailforever.org; or Devon Walter, QF Regional Representative in western Kansas, at (785) 524-4033 or via email at DWalter@quailforever.org.
Pheasants Forever (PF) launched Quail Forever in August of 2005 to address the continuing loss of habitat suitable for quail and the subsequent quail population decline. QF chapters promote local, state, and federal conservation programs that help landowners protect environmentally sensitive acres for quail and other wildlife. They also employ the organization’s unique model of empowering local chapters with 100 percent control of the chapters’ locally-raised funds to complete habitat and youth education projects in the chapters’ own communities.
Since the organization’s inception, over 110 QF chapters have formed in 25 different states. The QF mission is accomplished through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, education, and conservation advocacy.