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WEC 208: Pasture Management for Bobwhite Quail

Figure 4. Heavy grazing, when non-forage species are not being controlled through prescribed fire and other treatments, often removes native grasses and weeds, allowing shrubs such as saw palmetto to dominate the range. While this situation provides excellent escape cover conditions for bobwhites, it provides little or no nesting habitat and will result in low quail numbers. Lacking most grasses, these areas are also poor in forage condition for livestock.

Credit: W.M. Giuliano. (2004).