Southwest Georgia Chapter of Quail Forever

Southwest Georgia Chapter of Quail Forever Our organization is dedicated to quail conservation, education and land management in Southwest Georgia.
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Looks like a great workshop!
07/05/2021

Looks like a great workshop!

Get a hand on your land at the first event in a series of workshops for women landowners. Meet other like-minded women as you learn about land management, harvesting, and reforestation. Plus, take part in hands-on activities to grow your skills.

Help us kick it off August 19 in Harlem, Georgia.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/WLseries

Photos from Georgia Native Plant Society's post
06/21/2021

Photos from Georgia Native Plant Society's post

Welcome to the Albany area Autumn!  SWGA QF  looks forward to working with you!!
06/17/2021

Welcome to the Albany area Autumn! SWGA QF looks forward to working with you!!

Stronger CRP programs in place ... check it out!
06/15/2021

Stronger CRP programs in place ... check it out!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has evaluated the Conservation Reserve Program resulting in the expansion and renewal of CRP with higher payment rates, new incentives, and focus on CRP’s role in improving soil health and water quality, creating wildlife habitat, and sequestering carbon

Beginning today, farmers and landowners can apply at USDA Service Centers to enroll in various programs:

•Continuous CRP Signup 55 (any previously unapproved contracts) with an application deadline of August 6th

•General CRP Signup 56 with an application deadline of July 23rd

•Soil Health and Income Protection Program acres still available in Prairie Pothole states deadline July 16th

Interested in conservation programs? Hit the easy button and contact our Conservation Operations Team to get started: https://www.pheasantsforever.org/Habitat/findBiologist.aspx

📷: Julie Peterson

This could be your dream job... check it out!!!
06/15/2021

This could be your dream job... check it out!!!

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for two (2!!) new scientists in the Southern Research Station southern pine units!

The Southern Research Station (SRS) is looking to fill a position for a Research Ecologist or Research Botanist at the Auburn University (Alabama) location of the longleaf pine research work unit, to be hired at a GS-11 or GS-12 level.

Additionally, the SRS is also looking to hire a Research Ecologist or Research Forester at the Stephen F. Austin University (Texas) location of the Restoration and Management of Southern Pines research work unit, also at the GS-11 or GS-12 level.

These are both new, permanent, full-time positions, with full federal government benefits. This outreach will be open until July 10, 2021, with the position to be posted to the USAJOBS website at some point later this summer.

More details for both positions at https://longleafalliance.org/get-involved.

📷 A job in #longleaf means a chance to see lovelies like this! Yellow #pitcherplant with a #longleafpine seedling at Black River State Forest. Photo by Vernon Compton.

You can still sign up!
06/15/2021

You can still sign up!

Only one week until the first Herbicides & Longleaf 201 Academy kicks off on June 21st! If your longleaf is WEST of the Mississippi, then Session 1 is for you!

But if you find yourself in the eastern range of longleaf, don't worry - we have a class for you too. Our TWO Virtual Herbicides & Longleaf Academies this summer have something for everyone!
👉 Session I begins June 21 and focuses on the WESTERN range of longleaf.
👉 Session II begins July 6 and focuses on the CAROLINAS and coastal plain.

✔ Both virtual sessions run for 4 weeks
✔ Both have a combination of on-demand and live learning experiences.
✔ Both consist of about 12-hours of content.

Visit our website for more details and to register for both upcoming academies >> https://longleafalliance.org/upcoming-events

Take a look from a different angle...good idea.
06/09/2021

Take a look from a different angle...good idea.

What's a "holistic approach" to upland habitat management?

"I am not suggesting you start hanging amethyst and moonstone in your deer blind or ponder your pointer’s daily horoscope before you hit the field. “Holistic” in the upland habitat sense just means considering all the parts of a whole system to make better-informed management decisions." https://bit.ly/3geDTmC

With Polaris Off Road and Hayden Outdoors Real Estate

This should be excellent information.
06/08/2021
Golden Triangle RC&D

This should be excellent information.

From land conservation and water management to community development and education, Golden Triangle is involved in many ways to improve southwest Georgia.

06/06/2021

It’s not wildbirds that we normally focus on but I found it interesting...

Great jobs with QF!
06/04/2021

Great jobs with QF!

WE'RE HIRING! AGAIN! We're growing and hiring several positions across the quail range, so if you're a qualified candidate who wants to work for THE upland organization, throw your metaphorical hat in the ring.
* TX Coordinating Wildlife Biologist
Deadline 6/4
*KS Habitat Specialist-Cedar Bluff WMA
Deadline 6/4
*TN Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
Deadline 6/7
*IL Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist-2 Positions
Deadline 6/19

But you better do it quickly, because several positions are closing today and in the next few days.
Job descriptions and application info here: https://bit.ly/2Rs1WGq

Plan your attack on invasive Privet!
05/25/2021
Privet: Identification, impact and management

Plan your attack on invasive Privet!

Dr. David Coyle (Clemson University) discusses Chinese and Japanese privet, two widespread invasive plant species in the southeastern U.S.

Growing season burns... learn more about them!
05/24/2021

Growing season burns... learn more about them!

05/24/2021

Another white-colored milkweed (with a hint of pink) is aquatic milkweed (Asclepias perennis). This perennial milkweed is native to the Coastal Plain and it grows well even when not in water and when not in the Coastal Plain. This one was propagated by Chattahoochee Nature Center horticulturalists as part of their support to grow a variety of milkweed species for gardens and for conservation. Seed was collected in Georgia.

A Quail’s good friend.
05/23/2021

A Quail’s good friend.

PARTRIDGE PEA SEEDLINGS EMERGING. Partridge pea, a native annual leguminous wildflower, depends on seeds to germinate each year to perpetuate the species in habitats. Those seeds, whether they are freshly sown before the average date of the last frost locally or seed that was produced in previous years, usually do not germinate until the end of May. Mine (Bob Glennon's) germinated this week. These plants fix nitrogen in the sol and produce foliage and seed that is high in protein content. Stands must be disked lightly every few years to promote the germination of seed on exposed soil. My small stand has been germinating for 21 years and there are surely older 'hard' seeds from years ago germinating each year. I pull up goldenrod plants in the stand and that weeding exposed soil on which the seeds germinate.

Ever made elderberry wine?
05/20/2021

Ever made elderberry wine?

Spring and some swamp birds...
05/19/2021

Spring and some swamp birds...

“First Light Turkeys” available on paper or canvas! #turkeyhunting #turkeysofinstagram #wildlifeart #wildlifeartist

They are normally ready to pick June 1st. Do you have a favorite spot to pick every year? Excellent loafing cover for qu...
04/22/2021

They are normally ready to pick June 1st. Do you have a favorite spot to pick every year? Excellent loafing cover for quail, too.

The native blackberries (Rubus occidentalis) are blooming. Prickly and woody, not many people want to leave them to grow so mostly they show up on roadsides and old fields. The flowers are pretty and very much resemble the roses to which they are related. First year canes don’t flower so if you cut them down every year then you won’t get fruit. Last night's low temp was pretty cool in places – folks used to call this chilly spring spell a ‘blackberry winter’ because the blackberries bloom about that time. Looks like it came true this year.

This sounds really good...
04/21/2021

This sounds really good...

BREAKING NEWS! USDA ANNOUNCES EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENTS TO CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM!

Fast-tracking critical improvements to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced major improvements and expansions for CRP!
☑ Adjustment in soil rental rates
☑ Increasing payments for practice incentives
☑ Water quality benefits
☑ CRP Grassland minimum rental rates
☑ SAFE Acres moved to continuous signup w/incentives

READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE: https://bit.ly/2QIjm0E

What’s good for a gopher tortoise almost always bodes well for a covey of quail!
04/13/2021

What’s good for a gopher tortoise almost always bodes well for a covey of quail!

Interesting read? Have you seen one?
04/07/2021

Interesting read? Have you seen one?

If I was only 22 again!
04/07/2021

If I was only 22 again!

You won't find another opportunity like this! Become an Ichauway Conservation Fellow. Our 18-24 month program provides applied natural resource management experience with the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree. Please share widely. https://www.jonesctr.org/jobs/

Send us pictures of your finds... get in the woods.  Someone find me a morel mushroom!  Please.
04/07/2021

Send us pictures of your finds... get in the woods. Someone find me a morel mushroom! Please.

Commonly known as the rain lily, Zephyranthes atamasca thrives in moist soil and hardwood areas, often blooming after spring rains. Recent wet weather has them out across the watershed so keep an eye out along the banks!
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Albany GA!!! Is it your dream job in the Quail Hunting Capital of the World???
04/01/2021

Albany GA!!! Is it your dream job in the Quail Hunting Capital of the World???

We're hiring!

To Apply: please visit our website at www.quailforever.org/jobs For additional questions please contact Dr. Jess McGuire, WLFW Bobwhite Coordinator, at [email protected].

Learn which are our natives and please plant those this spring. Our Upland Wildlife are dependent on them.
04/01/2021

Learn which are our natives and please plant those this spring. Our Upland Wildlife are dependent on them.

We are pleased to let you know that April 2021 has been designated as National Native Plant Month by a bipartisan resolution of the US Senate. Thanks to U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) for sponsoring this! You can read the press release here: https://www.portman.senate.gov/index.php/newsroom/press-releases/portman-hirono-praise-unanimous-senate-passage-bipartisan-resolution

Invasive species are being sold and propagated as ornamentals you should plant. Invasive species need to be stopped. Thi...
03/30/2021

Invasive species are being sold and propagated as ornamentals you should plant. Invasive species need to be stopped. This is just one of them...

Driving around Atlanta this weekend revealed massive infestations of non-native wisteria (Wisteria sinensis and Wisteria floribunda) on I-20, GA 400, and I-285 along the roadsides. While it may look pretty in the 2-3 weeks of blooming, the aggressive vines shade out other plants, reducing the biodiversity of the plant community and thus supporting fewer insects and fewer birds than the area could support if it were not there. The heavy vines can also topple some trees over time. *Do not plant non-native, remove it if you have it, and encourage others to control it as well.* There are native species of wisteria (Wisteria frutescens is native to Georgia) that blooms in late spring. Always verify the scientific name of what you’re buying.

Photos from Georgia Native Plant Society's post
03/27/2021

Photos from Georgia Native Plant Society's post

Nesting and prescribed fire. They are compatible.
03/18/2021

Nesting and prescribed fire. They are compatible.

Growing-season prescribed burns may destroy a small percentage of wild turkey nests, but the benefits to nesting and brood-rearing habitat outweigh the risks.

UGA researchers conducted a study in southwest Georgia over two seasons and found prescribed fire destroyed 11.5% of nests. Of these nests, 75% of females that had nests destroyed by fire re-nested. One nest in the study was even exposed to prescribed fire and hatched!

Without fire, hardwood cover increases and groundcover density decreases. With less groundcover, predators have an easier time finding and destroying nests. #LetsTalkTurkey

Almost Methuselah in quail years!! 5.5 years old! Not bad for a bird whose average life span is 11 months.
03/14/2021

Almost Methuselah in quail years!! 5.5 years old! Not bad for a bird whose average life span is 11 months.

With our Spring 2021 trapping session currently underway, I wanted to share a picture of one of the quail that we captured. Not just any adult quail, this old man has managed to survive five and a half years! That’s pretty old compared to most of the other quail captured. Banded initially back in the Fall of 2015, this male has managed to escape predators, combat the weather, and continue to persist even despite the rough winter he just faced. Hard to say whether he is extremely lucky or smart, but even more surprisingly, he wasn’t the only old quail that we captured. Another 5.5 year old bird was caught a few nights before this one. We are happy that despite the weather taking a toll on many quail this past winter, we still have some very mature adults that have made it through. Now, we just need them to share their secrets with all these juvenile quail! (posted by C. Swafford)

03/13/2021

Prescribed burn 🔥 on private property today....winds were supposed to be steady from northeast but came from every direction. Backfires turned into headfires two or three times. All the firebreaks worked as humidity dropped from 93 to 43 this afternoon. Got a good burn on the 30 acre patch. Send us your prescribed fire 🔥 stories.

Have you seen any yet?
03/13/2021

Have you seen any yet?

A few early blooming shrubs are showing up. This is Elliott’s blueberry (Vaccinium elliottii.), which is perhaps the earliest of all the blueberries. Georgia has 16 native species of this very delicious superfruit. The blueberries you buy in the store are from native stock which has been bred to have larger, sweeter fruit. Yes, these flowers seem to be a little earlier than usual but the early bees are working overtime to get them pollinated. Native bees are super pollinators of blueberries, with some species using buzz pollination to get the job done. We even have at least one specialist bee – the southeastern blueberry bee.

03/12/2021

The winds were right for a prescribed burn 🔥 on a small tract at Chickasawhatchee WMA this morning. It’s still very wet in Chick from all the record rain this winter. 100 yards down the hill from this line of fire 🔥 is a wet weather pond. Thanks for the DNR technicians that do great work.

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Albany, GA
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Red Hills Quail Forever Chapter 3173 is offering Snake Aversion Training For Dogs. The training will be led by Jason Clark of Southeastern Reptile Rescue and held at the Mule Day Grounds in Calvary, GA on November 14, 2020. The clinic will consist of a small course where various venomous snakes, such as the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, are placed in secure cages for reality based training. Non-venomous snakes will also be used to test the dog's response behavior. The dog's handler will be instructed to lead their dog through the course on a leash. Jason Clark's expertise in animal behavior allows him to apply the proper correction exactly at the right time for each snake encounter. The dog is then led back through the course to gauge its reaction to subsequent snake encounters. The training is used to allow your dog to associate the sound and smell of a live snake. It will teach the dog to avoid the danger and situation. This training will also help the owner and handler gauge the dog's behavior when your dog senses a snake in the area, as well. Please complete and return the attached Registration form to: [email protected] About one week before the training, we will forward your designated arrival time. We will be training a pack of dogs each hour so that the owners and dogs do not experience a long wait. Packs will begin arriving at 8 AM and each hour after until all dogs are successfully trained. One dog per household is FREE! Each additional dog from the same household is $60. If your dog has been through the course before, 'rechecks' are available. Feel free to contact Mark or Paul if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon, RHQF
Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever's National Youth Leadership Council is selling raffle tickets for Winner's Choice - Beretta A400 Xplor 20 gauge or Lifetime Membership to Quail Forever or Pheasants Forever. Money earned will go directly to the National Youth Leadership Council and their many youth initiatives and activities. My son, Hunter McDonnell is a member of NYLC and would be extremely grateful for your support! Message me or email me at [email protected] if you would like to purchase some tickets.
Thought folks here would be interested in the latest Shotgun Life story "The New Youth Field Trial Alliance is All Goodness." South Georgia dog photographer and field trialer Chris Mathan leads the way for recruiting new generations of enthusiasts -- with Kevin's contributing a venue at its Southern Game Fair. On Shotgun Life at https://www.shotgunlife.com/kddr
Help the Red Hills Quail Forever Ch 3173 (Tallahassee, FL / Thomasville, GA areas) raise funds to support local habitat conservation and our youth shooting team. Purchase your tickets now to attend the Red Hills Chapter 3173 of Quail Forever Second Annual Banquet at Loblolly Rise Plantation on February 2, 2019. A purchased 'Membership' ticket includes event entry, a seafood dinner and a Quail Forever Annual Membership. Couple, Youth and Sponsor tickets are available. Participate in live and silent auctions, and games. Tickets available via DM or online at https://pheasantsforeverevents.org/event/3431 Quail Forever Red Hills Quail Forever Ch 3173 Loblolly Rise Plantation Red Hills Catering
Shotgun Life just published a new story about David Lanier at https://goo.gl/6rSKds
My story about the 2017 Invitational just arrived in the current issue of Quail Forever magazine (p.36). Thanks to everyone for your help with it.
The Southwest Georgia Chapter of Quail Forever held their epic fund-raising quail hunt in the Albany Georgia Plantation belt on Jan. 25-27, 2018. About 60 Quail Forever supporters from all over the U.S. hunted 10 participating quail plantations including Agri B Plantation, Carr Farms, Five Forks, Hammock Farms, Quail Country, Showtime, Southern Woods, Tallawahee and Wynfield. Here's new Quail Forever board member Jon Kohler on Wynfield Plantation.