KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don McKenzie is leading a rescue mission.
The creature he and others are trying to save? The bobwhite quail.
That's no small task.
The brown and white gamebird once was common in this part of the country, the object of hunting lore. Many hunters remember the days when bird dogs would regularly freeze on point in brushy fields, coveys of quail would rise in explosive flight and shots would ring out. But that's mostly history.In Missouri, parts of Kansas and most other states, the quail has spiraled into near oblivion, mostly because of changing agricultural practices and wholesale loss of habitat.
But people like McKenzie haven't given up hope that the bobwhite might one day soar again.