The 5th Annual Scaled Quail Flush Count Surveys will take place on Sunday October 13, 2019. We would like to have everyone there the afternoon of October 12th to load route information into GPS units so we can get an early start on Sunday (6:30 AM). Our base of operations will be at the Stockton Pass Campground located on US-266 east of Bonita (see directions below).
We hope Saturday night will be an opportunity to socialize and just hang out. Southern Arizona Chapter of Quail Forever will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs and condiments the night of October 12th. Please come no later than 6pm if you want to join in on dinner and bring your favorite beverages and a side dish or dessert to share. Breakfast on October 13th is on your own.
We need volunteers with dogs to run the routes and volunteers without dogs to walk the routes and assist with collecting the data. We want to get an early start to prevent overheating the dogs and volunteers. If you can’t make it Saturday night, please be at the camp ground no later than 6AM.
Again this year we will be recording data for turtles found during the survey. We are hoping to have one turtle handler with every dog handler this year.
The longest routes are 2.5 miles. The objective is to run the dogs quartering along a transect line to locate birds. Once birds are located, allow the dogs to flush the birds, count the number flushed, identify the species, and collect the GPS coordinates of where the covey was flushed from. This is why it is helpful to have the dog handler keeping the dogs generally following the transect line and the second volunteer managing data collection. We have several treated and untreated pastures that we can run so no one will be turned away even if you don’t RSVP. However, I want to ensure there is at least coverage on those pastures with the highest priority.
*** The Department can use your time and mileage as volunteer match for Federal funds. Please keep track of this information as you will need to complete a volunteer form at this event.
Directions to Stockton Pass Campground
Fastest route from Phoenix:Take US-60 East to Globe. At Globe take US-70 East to Safford. From Safford take the US-191 South approximately 16.6 miles then turn west onto US-266. Take US-266 10.9 miles then turn right into the campground.
Fastest route from Tucson: Take Interstate 10 East past Willcox. Take exit 352 for US-191 North and drive north approximately 16.2 miles. Turn west onto US-266. Take US-266 10.9 miles then turn right into the campground.
If you have any questions please contact me directly.
Thanks for your help with this important project!
Larisa Harding, AZGFD Small Game Program Manager 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086 Office: 623-236-7503; Email: email@example.com