Visual display of the Aldo Leopold papers : 9/25/10-3 : County, State and Foreign Files

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*                         Published Biweekly 
*                                By the 
*                     Division of Administration 
*                 IOWA STATE CONSERVATION COMMISSION                    
*                     10th & Mulberry, Des Moines                   
     A census of 35 bob-white quail coverts in Davis County indicates 
a fairly heavy remaining quail population over Davis County as a whole. 
     Maurice F. Baker of Iowa State College, working in cooperation 
with the Iowa Conservation Commission and the American Wildlife Feder- 
ation, found 420 quail in the 35 coverts censused. 
     The object of his study was to compare numbers of quail present at 
the advent of cold weather, with late September and early October 
census figures, with a view to getting information concerning quail 
losses occurring during the hunting season. Mr. Baker noted a loss of 
53 quail from the total of 420 in the 35 coverts. This number, consid- 
ered as removed by hunters, represented 12% of the pre-hunting total. 
     Many of Iowa's leaders in conservation will attend the fourth 
annual North American Wildlife Conference meeting in Detroit, Michigan, 
the week of February 13th. 
     Panel discussions and technical sessions running concurrently will 
draw the leading scientific and layman leaders in the field of conser- 
vation. At the technical sessions leading scientists from over the 
nation will present the results of their investigations to wildlife 
authorities and other scientists. 
     At the panel discussions, leading wildlife authorities will pre- 
sent discussions of the fundamental problems affecting wildlife, after 
which the discussions will be thrown open to the public for further 
                      IOWA PARKS POPULAR IN 193S 
     Iowa's state parks were popular during the past year. During the 
year just ended a total of 2,750,000 persons visited Iowa's 74 state 
parks. Figures for the first ten months of 193$ reveal a total in- 
crease in attendance of 14S,300 persons over the preceding year. 
     Backbone State Park in Delaware County led all parks in attendance.

This park ranked third in attendance last year. Ledges State Park in 
Boone County dropped from first to second place in popularity with 
visitors during the past year. 
     Woodbury County's S20 acre Stone Park was popular with visitors, 
ranking third, while Pine Lnk#. in Frrii-n flrnntv rn1-Pii fiinT-h  T.,lra


               PLAN          O OF CHUKAR PARTRIDGE 
        The Conservation Commission again is planning the 
stocking of Chukar Partridge in certain areas of Iowa this 
year in an attempt to determine the suitability of this game 
bird to the conditions of food and cover present in certaln 
areas of the state. During the past year the Commission 
stocked a total of 282 of these birds in 10 counties of the 
state. This year 35 pairs of Chukars are being retained at 
the State Game Farm near Boone to be used in providing stock 
for planting. Plantings during the past year were confined to 
those counties of the state which have failed to produce shoot- 
able surpluses of either Pheasant or Quail.  Stocking during 
this next year will be done with the same thought in mind. 
        This bird, a native of India, has caught the fancy of 
game breeders and game commissions of many states during the 
past several years. The Chukar first was introduced into this 
country in 1928, and since that time various state game depart- 
ments have done experimental work with the bird in an attempt 
to fit it into environments which thus far have failed to sup- 
port adequate populations of native game birds. 
        In size the Chukar Partridge is about a third larger 
than the Hungarian Partridge. It is dove gray in color, with 
black sides and rusty white stripes. The light gray of the 
head and chin is accentuated by a bright red beak and a black 
circular stripe running across the base of the bill through 
the eyes. In its native range in India the Chukar is said to 
thrive in barren, rocky country and has been called "the bird 
who lives on nothing". Experience with the bird in this 
country ha, ý     ted the doubtfulness of this allusion to 
its lack of feeding habits, however. It has been noted that 
theChukar utilizes the same food resources as are used by 
members of the partridge family. 
        Due to the present lack of sufficient data concernlnz , 
the bird, the Iowa Conservation Commission is not making any 
attempt to propagate the Chukar in very large numbers for 
stocking purposes in this state. Conservation officers in the 
Iowa counties where Chukars have been stocked are at present 
making monthly checks on the birds and reporting concerning 
     %ood and cover preferences and other significant data 
relative to its habits. These observers have noted that the 
Chukar apparently does not utilize corn for food. Under Iowa 
conditions Chukars have indicated a tendency to stay more or 
less tame, roosting with chickens and even have been found on 
porches of houses and in yards. Investigators in Pennsylvania 
have noted similar characteristics in liberated birds and in 
addition have pointed out that the Chukar seems very suscep- 
tible to decimation by predators, presumably because of its