Enhancing Traditional Quail Management to Benefit Songbirds

Quail managers have a unique opportunity to benefit early-successional songbirds.  Several birds of conservation concern have restricted habitat requirements.  Not all traditional quail management practices will benefit these species, and not all management recommendations for these songbirds are ideal for quail.  However, there is a significant area of overlap where multiple management objectives can be met.  In North Carolina, the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Cooperative Upland habitat Restoration and Enhancement (CURE) program is seeking ways to restore habitat for multiple early-successional birds on private and public lands.  Following are management recommendations for several species of concern in North Carolina whose habitat requirements may be compatible with quail.

Grassland Species

Shrubland Species

Open Woodland/Savanna Species

For More Information: Jeff Marcus  

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Sandhills Wildlife Depot, PO Box 149, Hoffman, NC 28347

(910) 281-4388, jeff.marcus@ncwildlife.org