Field day to focus on quail habitat

In an effort to help Kansas landowners make decisions for managing woodlands, riparian areas and wildlife habitat on their property, the Kansas Forest Service will host a landowner field day Thursday, April 18, in Durham.

According to organizers, the goal of the field day is to help landowners manage their woodlands, riparian areas and habitat for Bobwhite quail successfully.

The 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. field day will begin at the Durham Community Center. Participants will travel as a group to the Marion Wildlife area to visit sites where woodland improvements have been completed.

Participants will learn about techniques to improve log quality, enhance tree growth and herbicide use in woodlands.

Woodland improvements demonstrated not only can increase log quality but also can be used to enhance wildlife habitat, organizers said.

The focus at a second site stop will be buffers and the needs for Bobwhite quail along with the proper habitat structure. Due to natural succession and other variables, the habitat can change, so management efforts will be discussed.

Following the field trip, the group will return to the community center to hear a presentation on tree insects and disease issues, including Thousand Cankers disease of Black walnut and the Emerald ash borer.

To date, Thousand Cankers disease in Black Walnut has not been found in Kansas, but the identifying characteristics will be shown and discussed.

Kansans can get additional information or register to attend the field day by calling the Marion County Research and Extension (620-382-2325) or e-mailing Dennis Carlson (

The registration deadline is April 15. A $5 registration fee will help cover the cost of dinner, refreshments and teaching materials.

The field day brochure is available at news/calendar.shtml.










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