Bradford Hosts Quail Field Day
Annual Quail and Native Pollinator drew wildlife lovers from across the Midwest
On June 19 Bradford Research Center hosted its annual Quail & Native Pollinator Field Day. More than 50 attendees learned about different management strategies to better improve quail numbers on their property.
Columbia College Students Eric Tempest and Megan Vogt shared their research with seeding natives and grasses for wildlife improvement. Tempest demonstrated how to properly calibrate a seeder where as Vogt explained why using these planters is important to success in plot establishment.
On the chemical side, Weed Science Technician Carey Page shared with attendees the benefits of certain treatments to control noxious plants. He answered many of the guests questions about what chemicals work on certain species.
Out at the wildlife habitat fields, Bradford’s own Ray Wright talked about how prescribed burns can help with management.
More photos from the Field Day can be found on CAFNR’s Flickr Page.
Eric Tempest, Columbia College student, shows a landowner how their seeder works. Proper callibration of a planter is important to help get the best possible results.
Research Specialist Ray Wright talks about proper burn techniques. “Look at the different grasses you have before you burn,” he said. “Different varieties and plants burn at different temperatures and at different heights.”
Carey Page, weed science technician, talks to the crowd about proper herbicide treatments to use when controlling noxious weeds.
George Seek, a Livingston County landowner, talks to the crowd about the management strategies he has implemented on his property to help bring back quail. Seek was a part of a team of landowners in a discussion panel about the things that worked on their properties.
MDC Private Land Conservationist Seth Moore talks about how to do bird counts and which grasses and forbes work the best.
Native plants were sold.