Ron Kendall Jr. of QuailSafe shares his experience with the bobwhite quail and brings us up to speed on what we know about this threat and what individuals and organizations are doing about it.
How could a native bird so adept at survival fall into peril so quickly? Wild fluctuations and severe drops in overall population have plagued the wild bobwhite quail for decades. In fact, according to the National Audubon Society, wild bobwhite quail are declining faster than any other bird in the United States. Today we examine a potential threat to this beloved species.
As far as we know today, bobwhite quail populations appear to be impacted by parasite infection, namely the eyeworm and the cecal worm. Nasty little buggers. Ron Kendall shares with us his knowledge of these parasites and how they impact the quail. His father, Ron Kendall Sr., is an environmental toxicology professor and founder of the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory at Texas Tech University. Together they are fighting to save the bobwhite quail in whatever ways they can. That fight is depicted in The Bobwhite Film
About | The Bobwhite Film
“The Bobwhite” film shares the mission of a West Texas family focused on wildlife conservation and management. Follow the Kendall family through the tribulations of creating real world applications from scientific research.
Watch It | The Bobwhite Film
Learn More | Wildlife Toxicology Lab at Texas Tech
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Learn More | Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation
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Nick Larson is brand communications director at Northwoods Collective. He is also the host and creator of the Project Upland Podcast. He and his family, which includes a pair of English setters, reside in Duluth, Minnesota. Naturally, his favorite pursuit is upland bird hunting. From the northern forests of the upper great lakes to the prairies of the west, he chases adventure across the uplands wherever his bird dogs and the people he meets inspire him to go.