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Shrub Thickets

Shrub thickets are an important habitat component for quail and other wildlife.  An example of this would be a large plum thicket. In order for a shrub thicket or Covey Headquarters to be functional it needs to be at least 1,500 sq. ft. and provide vertical structure. Shrub thickets will provide escape cover and winter protection. They also serve as loafing areas and dusting areas as well as a food source. When managing for quail you should provide woody cover every 1/8 of a mile. It is important that there is bare ground or annual weeds growing underneath and no sod forming grasses. When considering establishing shrub thickets consider planting native suckering shrubs such as American plum, chokecherry, sandcherry, silver buffaloberry, etc.

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