Our chapter has provided hundreds of man hours towards improving our local quail habitat over the last couple of decades. We have built a new guzzler and restored many other guzzlers, built cattle control fences, planted trees, removed non-indigenous plants, provided quail count data, built erosion controls, and constructed windmills.


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Our chapter has completed the design, planning, and construction of a new wildlife watering guzzler. The project coordinator was Eagle Scout, Brandon P. who was provided financial assistance, manpower, and technical expertise by the members of Quail Unlimited San Diego Chapter as was needed. The site location was approved  and selected by Federal, State and local government agencies.  This was SDQU’s first new guzzler installed on public land and our biggest project to date and the birds love it.

Hollenbeck Canyon

Seeding Hollenbeck

 Plowing Hollenbeck

Work at this Department of Fish and Game site in Rancho Jamul continues. Work has included drinker installation, crop planting and irrigation, fence removal, non-indigenous plant removal, dove roosting and nesting site construction, native Oak tree planting, and debris removal. Projects will be continuing soon.

Hollenbeck Canyon Oak planting

Our group and other like minded groups came together to plant a host of young oaks trees. The young trees had been germinated from the acorns of the near by oak trees that had survived the fires.

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Call Routes and Brood Counts

Our chapter’s members have gathered a lot of information about our local quail species over the years. The information gathered is used by the California Department of Fish and Game in their scientific studies regarding different quail species populations and the forecasting each quail’s species yearly population. One of the methods to gather the information that is used by our members is the “Call Route”. The DFG establishes a specific “Call Route” (generally in the rural back hills of San Diego County) that the member drives over and counts the number of quail calls heard. No, it not that easy. Call  Quail Call Count Survey Form

  1. The route generally is off the beaten path and a 4×4 vehicle may be needed to drive it
  2. The route is always started at the same “start” location and ended at the same “end” location
  3. The route is ten (10) miles in length
  4. The route is generally traveled at the same time of the day at similar speeds
  5. The route is generally traveled at the same times of each year
  6. While traveling the route the member stops their vehicle (with engine off) every half (1/2) mile for exactly three (3) minutes
  7. All audible quail calls heard in that three (3) minutes are differentiated by species, counted and recorded
  8. Usually a specific call route is assigned to one person to help prevent any variations in data collection that might affect population forecasting

So, I hope one can see that not only is good hearing and a good truck that is needed but perseverance, tenacity and dedication of one’s time for this project.


Bird Banding

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Our members have assisted the California Department of Fish and Game in their dove banding program. The information gathered has been helpful to the department’s research in regards to population estimates and migratory patterns.

 Here is a little something for the kid in us all, and it works

The Clothes Pin Quail Call

Clothes pin quail call – Copy

Our Guzzler Repairs Continue