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DO NOT FELEASE*BEF'OF THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JNURY1,~ 199 age 1 * CONSE RV AT IO N * Published Biweekly * By the * Division of Administration * IOWA STATE CONSERVATION COMMISSION * * 10th & Mulberry, Des Moines * * * QUAIL HOLDING OWN IN DAVIS COUNTY 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. NORTH AMERICAN WILDLIFE CONFERENCE 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 treatment. 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