Students want to restore the prairie and revive quail, so they have joined in a research project with Unimin Corp staff to determine the feasibility of a Minnesota quail revival.
St. Anne’s school fourth grade students and their instructor Jennifer Wilson have met each week with Unimin’s plant manager Ryan Ortberg and environmental supervisor Kris Benusa to watch 100 quail eggs that are in an incubator in the classroom. The Unamin staff talk to the students about prairie and habitat restoration, which would contribute to quail revival.
“My fourth-grade class in Le Sueur has partnered with Unimin on a Kasota Prairie restoration project,” said Wilson. “We are incubating 100 quail eggs which will be released into the wild at the end of this month.”
“Each week, Chris and Ryan from Unimin and project leads come to our classroom and talk about ecosystems, food chains (and) revitalizing the area,” said Wilson.