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where residents had acquired a taste for
bobwhite.
But harsh winters likely were the
quail's worst enemy. The most severe
among them could result in 90-percent
declines in the statewide population.
Additionally, the early to mid-1900s
saw an exponential increase in agricultural
technology. Tractors replaced horses and
mules, and farmers not only could keep
up with the weeds, but get ahead of them
- removing a valuable fall and wintertime
source of quail food and cover.
Hay soon was able to be cut earlier and
more often, displacing much of the brood
habitat needed by quail.
Government set-aside programs, and a
string of mild winters, set the stage for the
bobwhite's brief comeback in the 1960s.
But the early 1970s saw the phasing out
of those same programs, as well as backto-back-to-back severe winters.
As the 20th century came to a close,
"clean" agriculture had become the norm.
More trees and brush were removed
to make room for more crops. Herbicide
and pesticide use increased to allow for

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larger yields.
Weeds and the seeds they produced,
as well as insects - all foods for quail -
began to disappear from the agricultural
landscape.
And while 400,000 pen-reared quail
had been released in Pennsylvania
between 1932 and 1952, by private breeders and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, many researchers believe this
potential genetic dilution of the wild bird
population through interbreeding with
released birds also largely contributed to
the decline over time.

BRINGING THEM BACK

As time wore on, hunters, birders, and
wildlife managers became increasingly
concerned by the absence of the bobwhite
calling on the landscape.
Annual Breeding Bird Surveys showed
long-term trends of decline, and private
landowners pined for the time when they
could hear or see bobwhites on their lands.
In 2011, at the urging of the Pennsylvania Board of Commissioners, the

The Letterkenny Army Depot saw its
first controlled burns in the summer of
2017, left, to start the process of creating
suitable bobwhite quail habitat.



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