Annotated Bibliography

Thomas

Bill Lawren’s, “The Case of the Disappearing Quail,” is an important source of information on the alarming rate of the population decline of Quail in Northern America. Lawren explores the effects of advanced farming that has removed quail habitat, herbicides/pesticides, changes in habitat, and climate change which “shuts down the reproductive machinery of quail hens” (13) . Predation, although natural, is detrimental to the downfall of Quail; during the nesting season “predators take as many as 70 percent of quail eggs and chicks” (14), which only makes the Quail’s job harder in enriching the population. Predation combined with the aforementioned issues have contributed to the alarming “77 percent of the 31 states where northern bobwhites are traditionally found, populations have declined steeply” (6). All hope is not lost however. In places where populations are in trouble, “organizations like Quail Unlimited, a South Carolina-based hunter’s group” (19), have come together to assist and advise landowners with research projects and donations that aid in the rehabilitation of Quail habitat and population. Lawren includes multiple instances of these rehabilitations where land owners have improved habitat and created a hospitable environment for Quail.  Quail populations can once again thrive “when the right habitat components are put in place” (21).

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One response to “Annotated Bibliography

  1. Good job on the annotation, you clearly stated how the article was helpful in providing information for your paper. I would never have thought that advanced farming would have changed the habitat for quails. If anything I would’ve thought that it would make it easier for them to live. Do you think that quails can only survive in older, more traditional farms? Or do you think that there is a way they can survive on current farms.

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