Bobwhite Quail A Candidate for State Bird

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Wednesday, February 01 2006 Feb 1, 2006 Wednesday, February 01, 2006 4:00:03 PM CST February 01, 2006 in News
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The rest of the state could soon make the bobwhite's acquaintance. The House Tourism Committee has unanimously approved a bill to make the bobwhite quail Missouri's official game bird. The bill's sponsor is Republican house member Shannon Cooper of Clinton, who says adding the game bird as an official state symbol could boost species conservation and restoration work. Missouri's bobwhite quail population was once 13 million but has significantly declined. Biologists say the bird plays a crucial role in habitat restoration and is a valued insect predator.

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