Protecting the Masked Bobwhite Quail

Masked bobwhite quail. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If all goes according to the plans of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, visitors to the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Sasabe will soon be able to see a 10-inch-long, orange-bellied, endangered bird species that was thought to be extinct in the wild 40 years ago. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s masked bobwhite quail reintroduction program at Buenos Aires NWS is nearing completion, and, so far, the program is ahead of schedule.

The project, funded by the Recovery Act, was intended to create and maintain for the bird, which is native to Southern Arizona. As part of the project, nonnative vegetation that doesn’t provide food or shelter for the bird will be lessened. Native plants will be introduced and a clean, continuous supply of water will be provided.

For more information, click here: The ambitious Masked Bobwhite Quail

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2 responses to “Protecting the Masked Bobwhite Quail

  1. Stephen Botel

    This is a very good idea. Now if we could limit cattle grazing on public lands all the species native to Arizona would benefit.

  2. Ben Schonewald

    Nice photo… of a NORTHERN bobwhite, not a masked bobwhite.

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