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Three to be Honored for Quail Science Achievements During Eighth National Quail Symposium in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TN — The National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) are honoring three individuals, one in memoriam, for their significant contributions to quail science over their careers during the Eighth National Quail Symposium (Quail 8) here next week.

Dr. Leonard “Lenny” A. Brennan and Dr. L. Wes Burger are receiving the National Quail Symposium Award of Excellence, and Dr. Robert “Bob” J. Robel is being honored with the National Quail Symposium In Memoriam recognition.

Currently a professor and endowed chair for quail research at Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dr. Brennan previously served as director of research at Tall Timbers Research Station in Florida. His career contributions include his leadership on the first-ever national quail plan in 1992, his editorship of The Journal of Wildlife Management, The Wildlife Society Bulletin and the award-winning book, Texas Quails: Ecology and Management, as well as various editing roles in the proceedings of Quail 4, Quail 7 and Quail 8. He also served in leadership positions on the steering committees of the Southeast Quail Study Group and the National Bobwhite Technical Committee, as well as authoring or co-authoring more than 180 scientific publications and more than 100 extension and popular articles. In 2016, Dr. Brennan received the NBTC Award of Excellence.

Currently associate director of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Forest and Wildlife Research Center and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Starkville, Dr. Burger was previously a research and teaching professor at MSU and did graduate work studying bobwhites in Missouri. Career contributions to bobwhite conservation include his leadership of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Bobwhite Restoration Project and National Conservation Practice 33 monitoring program, his roles with the steering committees of the Southeast Quail Study Group and the NBTC, the Midwest Bobwhite Research Initiative, the Ames Plantation Quail Task Force, Tall Timbers Research Station, the NRCS Conservation Effects Assessment Project and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. He authored or co-authored 14 book chapters, 52 symposia proceedings and 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications, with much of it focused on bobwhite ecology and management.

Dr. Robel (1933-2013), who was a professor emeritus at Kansas State University when he died, will be honored for his research on upland game birds, especially bobwhites and prairie chickens. In his 50 years on the university’s Division of Biology faculty, Dr. Robel mentored hundreds of students who are now in the wildlife field. Results of his and his students’ research have results in more than 250 peer-reviewed publications. His many career honors include the University of Idaho Centennial Distinguished Alumni Award and induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame, Utah State University College of Natural Resources Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Kansas Governor’s Conservationist of the Year award, Kansas  Outdoor Writers Association Proud Kansan Award, and the Kansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society’s Outstanding Professional Award.

The awards will be presented on Friday, the symposium’s concluding day.

 

 About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Quail and Upland Game Alliance and Park Cities Quail.  

NBCI Fills Vacant Spatial Analyst Position For Bobwhite Information Network Build-Out

 The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) has hired Molly K. Foley as its new IT Spatial Analyst

Molly Foley

charged with the continued construction and growth of the NBCI Bobwhite Information Network.  Foley replaces Derek Evans, NBCI’s first spatial analyst, to continue development of tools and content for NBCI’s technical website at the University of Tennessee, https://www.quailcount.org/.

Foley earned a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology: Research & Management from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014 and a Master of Geographic Information Science & Technology from North Carolina State University in 2016. She has a variety of experience, including as a GIS teaching assistant, a habitat planning and conservation GIS technician, an ArcGIS and Python software tutor and a geospatial programming research assistant.

Among her responsibilities will be managing the NBCI 2.0 ArcGIS database, providing technical content from the Eighth National Quail Symposium, assisting states and partners in planning and implementing NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program focal areas, managing and analyzing data, and working with the NBCI science coordinator and the science subcommittee of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee on various other needs. Foley will be stationed with the Information Technology Services (ITS) unit of the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture in Knoxville.

“Molly will lead the continued creation of NBCI’s new Bobwhite Information Network, the first database that consolidates data on bobwhites from all 25 states, including bird monitoring and habitat tracking, and manages it for the benefit of all our partners,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie. “We will be able to demonstrate and precisely measure grassland bird response to habitat management. Additionally, we appreciate the support of UTIA’s ITS personnel in partnering with us to continue building this critical component of our national initiative.”

 

About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Quail and Upland Game Alliance and Park Cities Quail.  

 

Ranchers Testify to Value of Prescribed Fire In NBCI’s New Video, “Fire Up Your Beef Production”

 

A new National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) video attesting to the validity and value of prescribed burning in the Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska rangeland is eliciting positive reviews in pre-release screenings by range management groups.

This impactful video provides an inside look into the perspectives of ranchers and researchers that are practicing advanced and pioneering land stewardship for the betterment of the land and resources, and ultimately their livestock production,” said the Society for Range Management.

The video, Fire Up Your Beef Production, draws on the experiences of cattle producers in the region and is but one tactic in NBCI’s “reconnecting cattle with quail” strategy to restore wild bobwhite quail on a landscape scale across 25 states.

“NBCI’s driving purpose is bobwhite quail, long known as the ‘fire bird,’” said NBCI Grasslands Coordinator Jef Hodges. “But a healthy rangeland is fundamental to healthy bobwhite habitat.  As it so happens, there are solid economic reasons beyond wildlife habitat that ranchers should embrace prescribed fire on a regular basis to achieve a healthy rangeland. We identified a group of ranchers to tell their stories because ranchers listen to other ranchers.”

The video, in both long and short versions, is available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/user/BringBackBobwhites/videos. Entities interested in obtaining copies for group screenings may contact Alyssa Merka at amerka@utk.edu for copies on DVDs or flash drives.

 

What They’re Saying About “Fire Up Your Beef Production”

 “This impactful video provides an inside look into the perspectives of ranchers and researchers that are practicing advanced and pioneering land stewardship for the betterment of the land and resources, and ultimately their livestock production. We, as a society, support increased awareness of the practices of prescribed burning to improve rangelands and encourage promotion of education that provides expertise in climate-soil-plant-animal complex in relation to human needs and uses of resources such as this.”

Society for Range Management

 Our ecosystem in the Southern Great Plains naturally developed with fire and grazing. It needs both fire and grazing to be healthy. Therefore, fire and grazing are processes that must be used correctly. We must use science-based information, practical knowledge, and common sense when prescribing and implementing fire and grazing. This video does a nice job of communicating and demonstrating the importance of these two processes that are absolutely essential to managing plant communities in Southern Great Plains.  

Russell Stevens, Range & Wildlife Consultant, Noble Research Institute LLC

 

… a great job …  It is good to see private landowners express their prescribed fire management views and understanding of the ecological processes at work by bringing fire back into the system.

Chuck Stanley, Rangeland Management Specialist, Central National Technology Support Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

“Why burn prairie grasslands? Ranchers clearly state the benefits in this National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative video.  Increased livestock gains, better biodiversity, more wildlife- prescribed fire is the one practice that delivers all of these.”

Carol Baldwin, Ph.D., Great Plains Fire Science Exchange

Nation’s Top Quail Conservation/Research Talent Converges on Knoxville Later This Month

Knoxville, Tennessee will become the nation’s “quail capital” for a short time later this month as the country’s top quail experts convene in two back-to-back meetings downtown, the annual meeting of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) followed by the Eighth National Quail Symposium, aka “Quail 8.”   

Hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the University of Tennessee, the NBTC – whose members represent 25 state wildlife agencies, quail research institutions and private conservation groups – will conduct its meeting July 25-26 at the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown. On July 27-28, Quail 8, a national quail symposium conducted every five years, will follow at the same location and encompass research reports from around the country on various aspects of multiple species of quail.

The NBTC focuses its efforts on the coordinated restoration of populations of the iconic wild bobwhite, which have declined by 80 percent over the past 60 years. The decline is primarily due to disappearing habitat brought about by changes in agricultural, forestry and grazing practices over the decades. Many other species that share the same habitat, including numerous grassland songbirds and pollinators, have shown similar declines.

The committee, which numbers about 150 members, sets the agenda and technical objectives for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), headquartered at the UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries. Working with and for 25 state wildlife agencies for large-scale restoration of wild bobwhite quail populations, NBCI is the most comprehensive effort on behalf of a resident game bird in the history of wildlife management. Focused on creating opportunities and removing barriers at regional and national levels, the initiative has scored numerous successes on behalf of bobwhite habitat.

NBCI’s recent accomplishments include:

  • the acceptance of bobwhites in the federal Working Lands for Wildlife program with projects in 13 states to improve habitat on 232,000 acres by 2018;
  • an agreement with the National Park Service to identify and restore native grasslands habitats on selected park service units, the first being Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas;
  • an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to establish NBCI bobwhite focal areas on national forests in at least two southern states;
  • winning approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for automatic creation of 250,000 acres of bobwhite habitat on the corners of center pivot-irrigated crop fields (a $250,000,000 habitat restoration value), through the federal Conservation Reserve Program’s (CRP) Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds practice (CP-33), commonly known as “Bobwhite Buffers”;
  • A five-part national documentary, “Bobwhites on the Brink,” that aired on public television stations around the country;
  • NatiVeg, a smart phone/computer-based decision making tool for landowners and managers in the field who prefer to select appropriate native plants for their location and purpose rather than exotic species

Quail 8, a national symposium open to quail researchers around the nation and beyond, will feature nearly 100 presentations and posters featuring various aspects of quail management and research, and is expected to attract some 200 participants. The last symposium was in Tucson, Arizona in 2012. Hosts of Quail 8 are the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, NBCI and NBTC.

For more information about NBCI, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org. For more information regarding Quail 8 please visit https://www.quailcount.org/quail8/home.html.

About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Quail and Upland Game Alliance and Park Cities Quail.  

NBCI’s ‘Forest Management for Northern Bobwhite Quail’ Webinar Available for Free Public Viewing

 

 Forest Management for Northern Bobwhite Quail, an educational webinar by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and NBCI Forestry Coordinator Steve Chapman, is available for free viewing on the Webinar Portal for Forestry and Natural Resources, hosted by Southern Regional Extension Forestry.

“Reconnecting forests with quail is one of NBCI’s primary strategies for landscape scale restoration of bobwhites,” explained NBCI Director Don McKenzie. “The webinar is one of many tactics we are employing to do that, and it’s suitable for not only professionals in the field but also landowners interested in providing habitat for bobwhites, deer, turkey, pollinators and many other wildlife species.

“Our most effective habitat work on behalf of bobwhites could actually occur in the forested landscape from New Jersey to eastern Texas and Oklahoma to Florida,” said McKenzie. “Bobwhites historically thrived in these open pine savannas. 

The 55-minute webinar outlines the pine forest management opportunities and practices, including appropriate thinning and prescribed fire applications.

Various continuing education credits are offered for certified wildlife biologists and foresters who view the presentation, but it is also appropriate for any landowners with interest in managing their pine landscape for bobwhites and other wildlife. Nearly 500 individuals have viewed the webinar to date.

The webinar can be accessed at http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/management-for-northern-bobwhite

 

About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Quail and Upland Game Alliance and Park Cities Quail.  

 

Registration Costs for Joint NBTC Annual Meeting, Quail 8 Symposium Increasing After June 15

Registration costs for both the 2017 annual meeting of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) July 25-26 and the joint Eighth National Quail symposium (Quail 8) July 27-28 will increase after June 15. Registration for the NBTC meeting will increase from $200 to $225, registration for Quail 8 will increase from $275 to $325, and combined registration for both functions will increase from $375 to $425. Both events will be at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Knoxville, Tennessee. The hotel is filling fast but two nearby hotels within easy walking distance – the Crowne Plaza Knoxville at 401 W. Summit Hill Dr. SW and Four Points by Sheraton/Cumberland House at 109 White Ave. — offer a government rate of $96 per night.

The NBTC annual meeting is a focused, committee-oriented meeting of member biologists, managers, researchers and private conservation group representatives who review and set the agenda for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), based at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK). NBCI works with 25 state wildlife agencies, research institutions and private conservation groups for large-scale restoration of wild bobwhite quail populations. It is the most comprehensive effort on behalf of a resident game bird in the history of wildlife management.

Quail 8, a science symposium for biologists around the nation and beyond, will feature approximately 100 presentations and posters on various aspects of quail management and research, and is expected to attract as many as 200 participants. A symposium proceedings is included with registration.

The NBTC annual meeting is hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) in cooperation with UTK. Quail 8 is hosted by UTK, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, NBCI and NBTC.

For more information about the NBTC and NBCI, go to www.bringbackbobwhites.org. For agenda and registration information regarding Quail 8, please visit https://www.quailcount.org/quail8/home.html.

 

About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Park Cities Quail and the Quail and Upland Game Alliance.

QUGA Commits Financial Support to National Bobwhite Effort

The Quail and Upland Game Alliance (QUGA) recently committed financial support to the coordinated national effort to restore wild bobwhite quail. Operating since 2013 primarily in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, QUGA has committed to provide significant financial contributions to the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) for the next two years.

Jerry Johnson, QUGA, Regional Director states, “QUGA is honored to be a part of NBCI’s strong conservation effort. QUGA partnering with NBCI will allow more habitat to be established for quail and upland game.  QUGA sincerely appreciates the opportunity to partner with such a great organization.”

“This kind of  private funding support is crucial because there are many things NBCI needs to do in order to be effective, but which are not allowed with federal Pittman-Robertson money, which is our primary source of funding,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie. “We need private dollars to allow us to be agile and flexible, to maximize our full potential, and we’re grateful for QUGA’s support and look forward to their active participation with the states and the national bobwhite community moving forward.”

QUGA (http://quga.org/home) leaders aspire for the organization and its chapters to become closely coordinated with state wildlife agency quail initiatives, especially in support of NBCI bobwhite focal area implementation (For more information about focal areas please visit http://tinyurl.com/kvtmun4).  NBCI works at regional and national levels to identify opportunities and remove obstacles for development of bobwhite habitat in 25 states.

 

About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Quail and Upland Game Alliance and Park Cities Quail.  

NBCI Awards Park Cities Quail Contributions To National Restoration Effort

The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) is honoring a leading quail conservation group in Texas with the Director’s Fire Bird Conservation Award for the group’s enormously positive impact on new quail habitat development on the landscape scale in the Lone Star state and across the bobwhite range.

“The commitment of the Dallas-based Park Cities Quail organization to fund NBCI’s agriculture liaison position in Washington, D.C., has had an enormously positive impact on policies that promote the development of new quail habitat in Texas and elsewhere,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie.

McKenzie said Texas alone has nearly 24,000 acres of new quail habitat because of NBCI’s advocacy for a change in CRP policy by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. The change allowed the un-irrigated corners of fields using center pivot irrigation systems to be automatically accepted into the program’s CP33 practice without requiring the corners being connected by field borders. The national impact so far is over 45,000 acres.

“The work on that issue by NBCI’s agriculture liaison in the capital was critical and essential to effecting that policy change,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie said NBCI’s Washington presence was also critical in bobwhite quail being approved by the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a national priority species “in need of conservation” under the Working Lands for Wildlife program. That announcement came in November last year and is targeting 232,000 new acres in 13 states by fiscal year 2018.

“Park Cities Quail illustrates the local and national impact a private quail conservation group can have with strategic support at the national level,” McKenzie said. “We are recognizing and thanking them for that support in this way. We also want all other bobwhite enthusiasts around the range to understand the impact this group is having and appreciate their contributions to the cause as well.”

The Director’s Fire Bird Conservation Award is awarded at the NBCI director’s discretion, in consultation with the National Bobwhite Technical Committee’s steering committee. The “fire bird” terminology references Herbert Stoddard’s use of the phrase in noting the bobwhite’s positive response to fire.  Announced at the last meeting of the NBCI Management Board during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, the award will be officially presented soon to Park Cities Quail in Texas .

 

About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee and Park Cities Quail.  

Quail Forever, NBCI Formalize Delivery of Range-wide Bobwhite Conservation Plan

Left to right, Howard Vincent (President & CEO of Quail Forever), Don McKenzie (NBCI Director), and Tim Caughran (Director of Field Operations, Quail Forever) gather for the MOU signing between Quail Forever and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative.

Quail Forever and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) have established a partner commitment to quail conservation efforts by signing a Memorandum of Understanding through the year 2022. The announcement was made during the Partners in Conservation Reception at the recent National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic in Minneapolis and finalized this morning at the 82nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.

“We believe the unified range-wide strategy being implemented by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and its 25 partner state wildlife agencies represents the brightest future for quail populations in the United States,” stated Tim Caughran, director of field operations for Quail Forever. “Quail Forever is elated to be a partner in this endeavor, and we have confidence in our local chapters and growing membership to strengthen the initiative moving forward.”

The MOU establishes a framework of cooperation between Quail Forever and NBCI to work jointly with state agencies and other groups to promote the restoration of early successional habitat on public/private lands with the most benefit for bobwhite quail and other wildlife. As part of the agreement, Quail Forever will contribute to NBCI range-wide efforts through the following means:

  • Work with NBCI and its state partners to engage Quail Forever chapters in an effort to support local habitat projects and research
  • Implement bobwhite conservation partnerships on private and public land utilizing Quail Forever’s local model and Farm Bill biologist partnership where applicable
  • Strategize with NBCI to improve and strengthen Farm Bill conservation programs that promote early successional habitat within the historical range of the northern bobwhite
  • Support state wildlife agencies and the NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program (CIP) – adopting CIP quail focal areas and executing wildlife habitat projects where applicable

“Restoring bobwhites to desirable levels across their range is such a monumental challenge that our conservation efforts must be coordinated effectively and leveraged at all levels, from the ground to the states and to the top levels of federal government,” said Don McKenzie, director for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. “NBCI and Quail Forever have complementary abilities and roles that can boost each other while strengthening the states’ initiatives and growing the entire bobwhite restoration movement.”

About the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative

The NBCI is the unified range-wide strategy and initiative of 25 state wildlife agencies, along with numerous conservation group and research institution partners, to achieve widespread restoration of native grassland habitats, wild quail and other grassland wildlife.  NBCI provides landscape-scale, habitat-based strategic plans for habitat restoration and population recovery; conservation leadership at national and regional levels; leveraging capabilities to magnify resources available at state and local levels for native grassland habitat management; tools and services that enable states and partners to do more and better bobwhite conservation.

About Quail Forever

Quail Forever, including its pheasant conservation division, Pheasants Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 149,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has spent $708 million on 517,000 habitat projects benefiting over 15.8 million acres nationwide.

Caption (L to R): Howard Vincent (President & CEO of Quail Forever), Don McKenzie (NBCI Director), and Tim Caughran (Director of Field Operations, Quail Forever) gather for the MOU signing between Quail Forever and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative.

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Registration Open for 2017 NBTC Annual Meeting & Quail 8: Both Set for Last Full Week of July in Knoxville, TN

Registration for the Joint Quail Conference of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) annual meeting July 25-26, and the eighth national quail symposia, July 27-28, is now open. Both will be at the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown in Knoxville, Tennessee. Registration information for both can be accessed at https://www.quailcount.org/quail8/home.html and discount pricing is available through March 31.

NBTC is a focused committee-oriented meeting of member biologists, managers, researchers and private conservation group representatives who review and set the agenda for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), based at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK). NBCI works with 25 state wildlife agencies and the research institutions and private conservation groups for large-scale restoration of wild bobwhite quail populations, and  is the most comprehensive effort on behalf of a resident game bird in the history of wildlife management.

Quail 8, a science symposium for biologists around the nation and beyond, will feature 94 presentations and posters on various aspects of quail management and research, and is expected to attract 300 or more attendees. A proceedings is part of registration and will be available following the conference via the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Online Marketplace.

The NBTC annual meeting is hosted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) in cooperation with UTK. Quail 8 is hosted by UTK, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, NBCI and NBTC. For more information about the NBTC and NBCI, go to www.bringbackbobwhites.org.

For information regarding Quail 8, please visit https://www.quailcount.org/quail8/home.html. Previous symposia are available at the Online Marketplace and  https://www.quailcount.org/quail8/library.html.

About NBCI

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee and Park Cities Quail.  

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