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"Anybody can count the seeds in an apple, but no one can count the apples in a seed." - Anonymous
One of the greatest joys among Quail Unlimited members is theopportunity to work with a promising young pup,and throughperseverance and patience, watching that pup evolve into a proven pointer. The Bobwhite Brigade equips 75 high school students ("cadets") each summer with the skills to become productive "pointers" (i.e., leaders) for quail conservation.
"A man never stands taller than when he stoops to help a child." - Anonymous
The Bobwhite Brigade has proved to be the epitome of cooperation among governmental agencies, conservation organizations (e.g., Quail Unlimited), sportsmen, and private industry. We actually have more adults volunteering to serve as "Covey Leaders" and instructors than we can accomodate.
"Conservation is a bird that flies faster than the shot we aim at it." - Aldo Leopold
Quail managers need to stay abreast of the latest technologies. Cadets use radio telemetry to learn how scientist study quail movements and survival. Each covey fits a radio collar on a pen reared quail, releases it for 36 hours, and then tracks the bird and determines its fate. Generally about half the birds have been killed in this short time span. We have recovered transmitters from some interesting situations, including from a red-tailed hawk's nest and from the belly of a 5-foot long diamondback rattlesnake.
"The ability to speak well is to a person what cutting and polishing are to the rough diamond. The grinding adds nothing to the stone, it merely reveals its wealth." - Orisen Marden
Leadership development accounts for about 1/3 of the camp's curriculum. Cadets learn skills in journalism, public speaking, television interviews that will help them in whatever walk of life they pursue. Team-building and networking are stressed throughout the week.