Author: James Cathey, Robert K. Lyons
Monitoring quail habitat can help quail managers better understand the amount of usable space available, the results of management efforts, and the potential of a property to produce quail. This publication outlines a stepwise simple-to-complex approach useful for monitoring rangelands for the benefit of quail.
A straightforward LEVEL-ONE approach encourages landowners and managers to begin monitoring quail habitat. As they become more comfortable with monitoring, they can gather additional information using a LEVEL-TWO approach. For operations faced with particularly important issues or for more ambitious resource managers, a LEVEL-THREE approach may be appropriate. The guidelines in each level will help determine what needs to be monitored, where to focus efforts, and how to get the best information for the amount of time invested.