Quail methodology: where are we and where do we need to be?
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Dean F. Stauffer
Editor(s): K. E. Church; Thomas V. Dailey
Publication Year: 1993

Cataloging Information

  • birds
  • Callipepla gambelii
  • Callipepla squamata
  • Colinus virginianus
  • fire dependent species
  • game birds
  • habitat analysis
  • habitat suitability
  • population density
  • population estimation
  • quail
  • radio-tagging
  • statistics
  • study design
  • telemetry
  • wildlife habitat management
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FRAMES Record Number: 46485
Tall Timbers Record Number: 22231
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: QL 696 .G27 N37 1993
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I review and evaluate methods used for population estimation, determination of survival, radio-tagging, habitat analysis and evaluation, and study design and analysis. I conclude that rigorously designed call-count surveys are likely to provide the best information on quail population trends across time and space. More intensive techniques such as line transects and mark-recapture may be appropriate if the resources are available. Radio-tagging can be a very useful technique; however, in many cases, triangulation error and effects of equipment on the birds may render results suspect. Therefore, caution is urged when using radio-tagging. Approaches to habitat analysis and evaluation are described. I discuss the importance of replication in study design and the use of appropriate and rigorous statistics. I suggest we consider statistical power more in the interpretation of results. Generally, we have the techniques available to meet our needs, but implementation has been less than ideal in many cases. Finally, the dichotomy between researchers and managers needs to be bridged. Better communication of needs by managers and cooperation by researchers should lead to positive results concerning our quail resources.

Online Link(s):
Stauffer, D. F. 1993. Quail methodology: where are we and where do we need to be?, in Church, K. E. and Dailey, T. V., Quail III: national quail symposium. Kansas City, MO. Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks,Pratt, KS. p. 21-33,