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MP907, New August 2012

Establishing and Managing Early Successional Habitats for Wildlife on Agricultural Lands

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A case study featuring habitat practices designed to benefit bobwhite quail conducted at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center

Robert A. Pierce II, Extension Fisheries and Wildlife Specialist, School of Natural Resources
Tim Reinbott, Superintendent, Bradford Research Center
Ray Wright, Research Specialist, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Bill White, Private Land Field Chief, Private Land Services Division, Missouri Department of Conservation
Lisa Potter, Private Land Programs Supervisor, Private Land Services Division

Foreword

A diversity of early successional plant communities within the agricultural landscape provides food and cover for a variety of wildlife species, including bobwhite quail, grassland birds and cottontail rabbits. However, this type of habitat is in short supply on many farms in Missouri. This publication describes the process used to create and manage early successional vegetation at the University of Missouri Bradford Research Center (MU BREC), located near Columbia. The framework for making habitat management decisions is described, and the process used for planning and implementing management practices is highlighted. This report serves as a case study showcasing wildlife habitat practices landowners can implement that benefit bobwhite quail and a variety of other wildlife and that can be designed to complement ongoing farm management, agronomic and economic goals and objectives.

Tasks performed to accomplish case study objectives

Photo credits
Donna Brunet, Robert A. Pierce II, Tim Reinbott, Ray Wright and the Missouri Department of Conservation
Production
Victoria Knapp, Editor, MU Extension and Agricultural Information

M907, new August 2012

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