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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.  

Arkansas Hires Native Son for Big Bobwhite Push

 

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission recently hired native son Marcus Asher as its full-time “quail program coordinator” to lead the state’s mounting bobwhite restoration efforts.

Marcus Asher, Arkansas’ new bobwhite coordinator

With a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Arkansas State University and three years of research on bobwhites and early-successional songbirds, the Jonesboro, AR native worked the past five years as a private land conservationist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Prior to that, he was a soil conservation technician with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Tamms, IL, and as an area technician III with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He also holds certifications in basic fire training, prescribed burn boss training and prescribed burn plan writing.

Asher says his immediate priorities include revising and expanding bobwhite management efforts on selected state wildlife management areas, enticing adjacent private landowners to implement quail-friendly practices to increase usable space on a larger, landscape scale, developing strategies for keeping those landowners engaged long-term, convincing other land-owning partner entities to embrace the state’s quail management priority and strengthening the commission’s public education and outreach efforts targeting bobwhites.

Bobwhites have become a hot topic in Arkansas. Earlier this month, the commission convened a day-and-a-half meeting on bobwhites with their biologists, wildlife management area managers and several experts from other states to share their experiences.  Just last month Arkansas was one of eight states included in a National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) proposal approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Service under its Working Lands For Wildlife program. It will provide technical and financial assistance to landowners interested in converting exotic, endophyte-infected fescue pastures to drought-tolerant native grasses and wildflowers, along with developing prescribed grazing plans. Arkansas also has the nation’s first NBCI bobwhite focal area anchored by a National Park Service unit, Pea Ridge National Military Park.

“The state of Arkansas has numerous bobwhite conservation assets in place that add cumulative value to a growing restoration movement,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie. “The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission now is standing up to provide the necessary leadership that can coalesce those assets into a potent force that I expect will make major progress in coming years.”

Asher is stationed at 1125 Hwy 56, Calico Rock, AR 72519. He can be contacted at 870-291-4243 or Marcus.asher@agfc.ar.gov.

 

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. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org and find us on Facebook, YouTube and Slideshare.

 

NBCI Says Approval of Bobwhites for ‘Working Lands’ Program Improves Odds of Landscape Scale Restoration of Native Bird

The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) moved a step closer to two of its major goals for landscape restoration of wild bobwhites – reconnecting cattle and quail, and reconnecting forests and quail – when the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the approval Tuesday of two NBCI-led proposals to recognize bobwhites in the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program.

When announcing approval of the projects on a Missouri farm, NRCS Chief Jason Weller said “We were really pumped to receive two bobwhite proposals. These projects represent what’s best for America—family ownership, conservation, helping communities and partnerships.”

“With a goal of affecting 232,000 targeted acres in 13 states by fiscal year 2018, this WLFW accomplishment may be the largest concentrated effort ever applied to reintegrating wild bobwhites into this nation’s working landscapes,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie.

The grasslands proposal targets 150,000 acres in eight states — Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia — and will provide technical and financial assistance to landowners interested in converting pastures of exotic, endophyte-infected fescue to drought-tolerant native grasses and wildflowers, along with developing prescribed grazing plans.

“It is estimated that as much as 85% of tall fescue is infected with an endophyte fungus that causes cattle a wide range of problems,” said McKenzie. “And as a cool-season grass, fescue doesn’t produce nearly as well as natives during the droughty summer months. A strategic landscape-scale mixture of native warm-season grasses and forbs that complement prevalent introduced cool-season forages will help producers, cattle, quail and other grasslands wildlife.”

Additionally, the Center for Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee has offered to provide “Train the Trainer” sessions for partner biologists and NRCS staff on establishing and managing native grasses for grazing and wildlife.

The forestlands proposal targets 82,000 acres across six states –  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina and South Carolina – and will provide technical and financial assistance to landowners interested in restoring declining pine savanna habitat using native grasses, timber thinning and prescribed fire.  Pine savanna is a diverse ecosystem supporting bobwhites and more than 300 other species.

“These projects, which are very targeted for maximum impact, were coordinated by NBCI and approved by the NRCS State Conservationists in each participating state,” said McKenzie.  “Numerous close partners played key roles, including the UT Center for Native Grasslands Management, the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, NRCS state and regional offices, various state wildlife agency quail coordinators, and the National Bobwhite Technical Committee’s grasslands/grazing lands, agriculture and forestry subcommittees.”

Grasslands and Savanah Projects for 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 and Park Cities Quail. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org and find us on Facebook, YouTube and Slideshare.

‘NatiVeg’: NBCI Releases Online Tool to Aid Native Plant Selection

 

nativeg-iconThe National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) has taken another significant step in the recovery of native vegetation and habitats on the landscape across the 25 NBCI states with the release of a new decision-making tool, NatiVeg, NBCI Director Don McKenzie announced today. 

“With restoration of native grasses, wildflowers and shrubs across the landscape being a critical means to the recovery of bobwhite, grassland bird and pollinator populations, NBCI’s NatiVeg will make it significantly easier for landowners and resource managers to select the right native plants for their specific location and specific purpose,” said  McKenzie.

NatiVeg (www.quailcount.org/NatiVeg) is a remote, Internet-based tool that works on desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Developed by NBCI and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Information Technology Service and beta-tested by a variety of outside reviewers, NatiVeg is a database that, within the 25-state initiative’s range, delivers the proper native plant choices for a specific location and the user’s specific purposes, whether wildlife, forage, biomass, pollinators, critical area planting, restoration or soil conservation. That location can be specified either manually or by a connected mobile device’s GPS system. And the provided recommendations discriminate, for instance, between a big bluestem grass adapted to Texas and one adapted to Alabama based on location.

An eight-month project, NBCI first captured the database for the 126 Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Major Land Resource Areas (eco-regions) for the 25 NBCI states and secured the NRCS database of plant materials identified as suitable for conservation purposes. NBCI deleted from that list all non-native species, tree species and other species not applicable to the NBCI states, leaving only native grasses, shrubs, forbs and legumes in an eventual 306-species menu. NBCI then folded in a plant hardiness zone database into the mix.  Also provided is a species “Location Assistance” button that delivers information from the respective state wildlife agency, including contact information for experts.

“There are still shortcomings to overcome,” McKenzie said. “For instance, there are many plants that NRCS has not done any work with, so are not included. In addition, there won’t be as many choices east of the Mississippi River because NRCS has worked more on western species. So, NatiVeg is a work in progress.

“We encourage landowners and resource managers to check out this new tool,” McKenzie said, “to help improve their native grassland restoration efforts, and we ask for feedback from users, to help NBCI continually improve this unique wildlife conservation service.”

For questions and more specific information, contact NBCI Grasslands Coordinator Jef Hodges at jhodge34@utk.edu or at 660-351-2766.

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. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org and find us on Facebook, YouTube and Slideshare.

NBCI Issues 6th ‘State of the Bobwhite’ Report

State of the Bobwhite 2016

State of the Bobwhite 2016

A new campaign to support using native grasses in federally-subsidized conservation programs on agricultural lands and the creation of a new technical website tailored to the needs of state biologists for reporting and analyzing habitat assessment and bobwhite/songbird monitoring results are among but a few of the highlights in the 6th State of the Bobwhite Report 2016 from the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI).

The 66-page annual report also examines a creative approach in Arkansas for monitoring a bobwhite focal area at Pea Ridge National Battlefield, the new relationship between NBCI and the U.S. Forest Service and what it means for bobwhite restoration on national forests, as well as delving into an enormous amount of bobwhite research being conducted in Oklahoma.  Also included are reports from states on their accomplishments in bobwhite conservation.

Check out “NBCI’s Bobwhite Almanac, State of the Bobwhite 2016” on the NBCI website at https://bringbackbobwhites.org/download/nbcis-bobwhite-almanac-state-of-the-bobwhite-2016/.  

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. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org and find us on Facebook, YouTube and Slideshare.

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