“Its (NBCI’s) findings are important, and should—like the plight of the bobwhite quail—be getting more attention than it is,” according to F&S’s Chad Love. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that the slow, inexorable disappearance of the bobwhite quail is an environmental crisis. But it’s a quiet one, and one that many of us have let slip by without notice or comment, while much smaller and isolated declines in other, more popular game species like deer, elk and turkey, generate reams of publicity and debate. That has to change.” Read more HERE.
“Before settlers filled West Volusia, the nearly impenetrable forests of oak tangled with scrub oak, palmetto scrub and vines that we know today did not exist. Henry DeLand fell in love with the towering stands of longleaf pines surrounded by open meadows of grasses when he arrived. Two efforts, one private and one public, are in gear to restore longleaf-pine forests.” Read more of West Volusia Beacon Staff Writer Pat Hatfield’s story HERE.
A blog, Serious Bird Hunting! by Jay Kumar, examines NBCI in a brief Q&A with the initiative’s communications director.
Properly conducted prescribed burns (also called “controlled burns”) have multiple benefits, according to Johnny Stowe, wildlife biologist for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Prescribed fires help restore and maintain vital habitat for wildlife, including bobwhite quail and other grassland birds, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, gopher tortoises, and red-cockaded woodpeckers, reports the Times and Democrat of South Carolina.
Visitors at many of Georgia’s state parks, wildlife management areas and natural areas this winter are in for a treat: an up-close glimpse of habitat restoration in progress as trained “firelighters” set controlled, prescribed fires to the forest understory.
These dormant-season burns, taking place outside most plants’ active growing season, improve habitat for dozens of native plant and animal species by opening up overgrown areas of the forest floor. READ MORE
The Army is conducting prescribed burns at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond Kentucky February through April. The burns are designed to support deer, turkey and bobwhite quail recovery areas, and several species of birds that require similar habitat, reports the Richmond (KY) Register.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is offering a one-time incentive payment of $100 per acre for farmers to plant wide (50 feet or more average width) native grass buffers on crop fields under a 10-year contract in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
Speaking Friday at National Pheasant Fest 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the next general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will begin on March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011.
Georgia Wildlife Federation will launch an effort to repeal new fees that have caused sales and renewal of special license plates for wildlife programs (including the state’s Bobwhite Quail Initiative) to plummet, says The Augusta Chronicle’s Rob Pavey.
A significant increase in the price of specialty license plates by the Georgia legislature, including a plate that funds Georgia’s Bobwhite Quail Initiative, is creating a backlash in the Peach State. Check out the January 26, 2011 report by Glover Housman at OnlineAthens.