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Return of a Native: Featured Videos For more, check us out on Click For Video Click For Video Virginia's Elk Restoration Project Golden Eagle Release Quail Quilt Click For Video by Sally Mills W hen Curt Burton was a youngster, his daily routine took a dramatic turn when the last field was harvested and the combine sat silent. "When cutting beans was over, I hunted every day," he admits with a certain glint in his eye. Times were different, of course. Both the landscape and the wildlife mix have changed. Fragmentation of farm and forest-by small subdivisions or commercial strips-is common and, unfortunately, interrupts the natural corridors that so many animals need for movement. Even quiet rural landscapes once delineated only by fence posts and barbed wire have undergone great change. Some species have done quite well in fragmented habitats. White-tailed deer, for example, have very high populations that are easy to hunt in the countryside. As this longtime King & Queen County farmer sums it up, "We might have taken 45 deer all season [in the past]. Now we can take 300 a season, doing it part-time." Unfortunately, one of Burton's other favorite quarries has not enjoyed the population success that white-tailed deer have: the Northern bobwhite quail. A quail hunter since his boyhood days, Burton believes that people today are more open to bird hunting, viewing it as a gentleman's sport, but many hunters have given up in frustration since quail numbers simply aren't what they used to be. Virginia's Quail Recovery Initiative Timber Rattlesnake Survey Click For Video Snakehead Fish in Virginia Working for Wildlife

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virginia Wildlife Demo

Virginia Wildlife Demo
Return of a Native: The Virginia Elk
Wild Light
Fly-Fishing Memories
Wild Rebound: A Tale of Golden Eagles
Amelia on the Appomattox: A Historical Retreat
Creating a Quail Quilt
Rattles Inthewilderness
A Quest for Snakeheads
“it’s Your Nature”

Virginia Wildlife Demo