One day more than seven years ago, Debbie Brunson woke up to an unfamiliar sound. She and her husband were camping on their land in the Redlands farming area. The sound she heard was that of an adult male Bob White quail.
It shocked her because she hadn't heard that bird call for over a decade.
"In Florida, there use to be quail everywhere. But because of farming and pesticides and buildings, they’ve disappeared," Brunson said.
That's when she decided she wanted to bring back the quail. But how would she do it? Buying eggs or full-grown quails would be too expensive.
Then, about six months later, a flyer at a feed store caught her eye. A university research study needed someone to adopt baby quail chicks.
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