Using Bobwhite Quail to Fight Ticks

Feb 3, 2020

As a result of habitat loss and predation by domestic and feral cats, Long Island has seen a sharp drop in the number of Northern Bobwhite Quail, a once common ground dwelling bird. At the same time we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of ticks, many carrying diseases such as Lyme Disease. Through collaborations with local school districts, municipalities and a team of dedicated volunteers, we are hatching Bobwhite Quail eggs and raising them to a size that improves their ability to survive on their own.

Then, we are releasing the birds in local parks and open spaces to flourish and eat insects and ticks in our forests and fields. We have quail-raising programs designed for schools, scout troops, and individuals.

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