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June 23, 2014

Spring rains raise hope for Oklahoma quail growth

TULSA — Timely rainfall and milder temperatures this spring have raised prospects for a rebound of bobwhite quail in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has been hearing from landowners across the state indicating they have been hearing the quails’ characteristic “bobwhite” whistle more frequently this spring than in past years. The agency says that’s an indication that more birds are on the ground and are looking to nest.

The Tulsa World reports that last year in mid-June, researchers who were tracking birds in northwestern Oklahoma had not recorded any birds nesting. This year, the department says residents of western Oklahoma reported seeing quail chicks in mid-May.

The Oklahoma Climatological Report says that in the past 60 days, most areas of Oklahoma have received more than six inches of rain.

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