Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Covey of Quail Cadets in for a Study

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Covey of Quail Cadets in for a Study

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With its distinctive, namesake whistle and dapper plumage, the bobwhite quail makes an interesting subject for study.

Twenty-five young Missourians will get to learn about this special upland game bird at the MO Quail Academy June 9-14. High-school freshmen and sophomores are eligible to apply. The academy is an intensive five-day course that focuses on quail biology and habitat management.

It is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Quail Unlimited (QU) and the University of Missouri-Columbia Extension Service.

Ed Kissinger, special programs administrator for MDC's Education/Interpretation Division, says the MO Quail Academy is a great way for young people to learn about one of the state's favorite game birds.

It's also an excellent way to get involved in conservation.

"It's a great course for kids interested in quail biology, habitat and hunting - and for the ones who just enjoy being outdoors," Kissinger said.

Quail cadets at the academy also learn what they can do to improve quail habitat in their communities. …

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