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New Partnership to Help Restore Bobwhite Quail

EDGEFIELD, S.C. – A ground-breaking memorandum of understanding has been signed between the NWTF and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative to help restore bobwhite quail populations.

The partnership between the NWTF and NBCI combines a network of quail enthusiasts with proven track records of restoring and enhancing upland habitat. Efforts will take place on projects within focal areas that address the most critical conservation needs of both wild turkeys and bobwhite quail. These areas will be developed on regional, state and local levels and utilize cutting edge geospatial technology and existing partnerships to identify and implement these critical habitat projects.

“This agreement will allow us to bring together our biologists and volunteer resources with the NBCI’s professional staff to benefit both wild turkeys and bobwhite quail,” said NWTF Chief Conservation Officer James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D. “This is a tremendous win-win opportunity for conservationists and hunters of all kinds. We welcome the challenge of working with NBCI to bring back bobwhite quail to their original numbers.”

Added NBCI Director Don McKenzie: “Targeted on-the-ground efforts of our private conservation partners that are coordinated with the states’ NBCI implementation strategy are absolutely critical to achieving the goal of restoring huntable populations of wild bobwhite quail at the landscape level. We’re extremely excited about NWTF, our largest private conservation partner, stepping up to the plate in this fashion.” 

The NWTF is best known for its 40 year history of working with wildlife agency partners, NWTF chapters and corporate sponsors to reestablish wild turkey populations across North America.  While the wild turkey restoration is all but completed, the NWTF remains committed to improving critical wild turkey habitats across the United States and Canada.

During the past 15 years, NWTF has established itself as the leader in upland habitat conservation and has been responsible for conserving and enhancing millions of acres of upland habitat through cooperative projects with its conservation partners.  These projects have benefited wild turkeys and a wide variety of wildlife species, including the bobwhite quail.

NBCI is a unified strategic effort made up of 25 state fish and wildlife agencies and various conservation organizations to restore critical native grassland habitats and huntable populations of bobwhite quail. NBCI provides national leadership, coordination and assistance to states and partners to accelerate implementation of efforts to restore bobwhite quail in its core range.  The NBCI is based out of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

For more information about the NWTF, call 1-800-THE-NWTF, visit www.NWTF.org or follow on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/theNWTF.

For more information about NBCI, visit (865) 974-7281, www.bringbackbobwhites.org or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bringbackbobwhites.

Krantz New WV ‘Quail Coordinator’

Ohio native Keith Krantz is West Virginia’s new “quail coordinator,” according to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR). Krantz will work statewide on upland game management, including implementing early successional species habitat plans on state wildlife management areas.

With the state 80 percent forested, West Virginia is better known for woodcock and grouse than bobwhites. Although there are quail in the northern panhandle and big river counties, it never has been and never will be a prime bobwhite hotspot, says Krantz, especially since the most suitable habitat in the eastern panhandle has succumbed to development. But he also says “the department believes it’s important to support the efforts of our sister states even if we aren’t a prime player … and for us to do what we can for quail in our own state.”

Krantz represented West Virginia, a member of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) and supporter of its National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), at the annual NBTC meeting last week in Abilene, Texas. The meeting is the one time each year when state quail biologists, researchers and upland conservation groups from around the country converge to compare notes and strategize for the next year.

Krantz is no stranger to West Virginia. With a B.S. in wildlife management from West Virginia University and an M.S. in biology with an emphasis in wildlife management from Eastern Kentucky University, he went to work for the department in 1993 managing two wildlife management areas. Beginning in 1999 he moved to providing environmental reviews on projects statewide and served as the statewide coordinator for NRCS’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, providing wetland, stream and wildlife management expertise to private landowners, NRCS and school districts, and coordinating wetlands research with federal, state and private entities. And prior to his work in West Virginia, Krantz worked for the Florida Game & Freshwater Fish Commission managing state wildlife management areas, including habitat manipulation using prescribed fire. Krantz can be contacted at    Keith.D.Krantz@wv.gov or by calling (304) 637-0245.

National Bobwhite Group Honors Three For Impacts on Quail Conservation

Dr. Ralph Dimmick

The National Bobwhite Technical Committee, representing 25 state wildlife agencies, conservation groups and research institutions, honored two individuals and a group with awards during its annual meeting in Abilene, Texas. 

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the committee’s National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, its first-ever Special Achievement Award went to Dr. Ralph Dimmick, a retired professor from the University of Tennessee with a prominent career in bobwhite research. Dimmick was the primary author of the original 2002 National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative that concentrated primarily on the 16 states of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. 

Dr. Theron Terhune 

Describing Dimmick as “the father of the NBCI,”  NBCI Director Don McKenzie said that “with his unique combination of academic credentials, big-picture vision and ability to adapt, he catalyzed a determined group of dedicated quail conservationists to launch a groundbreaking journey that continues to this day.” 

The committee’s annual recognition award to an individual went to Dr. Theron Terhune, the outreach & education coordinator at Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy, who was the primary architect of the new web-based NBCI 2.0. The massive revision of the original paper-based plan incorporates web mapping applications, conservation planning tools and a Biologist Rating Index, which categorizes 600 million acres of land for bobwhite habitat management suitability. Terhune has also been a longstanding member of the NBTC research subcommittee member and immediate past chair, leading a new collective effort to standardize and coordinate bobwhite monitoring efforts across the range. 

Citing its enduring track record advancing bobwhite management through long-term research, public involvement, collaborative work, and an array of both scientific and lay publications, the committee presented its Group Achievement Award to the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas, with Drs. Fred Bryant, Leonard A. Brennan and Fidel Hernandez leading the quail efforts. 

Dr. Fidel Hernandez (right) with immediate past chair of the NBTC steering committee, Dan Figert, Kentucky

Since 2000, CKWRI has graduated five PhD and 12 MS quail students with another seven students working toward those degrees now, and launched the Quail Associates program, a network of 20 “citizen scientist ranch owners” who donate dollars and data to help understand annual changes in quail productivity across south Texas. CKWRI publications include Texas Bobwhites: A Guide to Their Food and Habitat Management, and Texas Quails: Ecology and Management. The institute also publishes an electronic newsletter and hosts a number of YouTube videos and quail “webisodes” covering various quail management topics.

In other business, the NBTC also installed new Steering Committee leadership for the coming year. The new chairman is Marc Puckett, small game project co-leader for the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries; and chair-elect/secretary/treasurer is Chuck Kowaleski, Farm Bill coordinator for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

L to R: New chair-elect Chuck Kowaleski, new chair Marc Puckett, outgoing chair Dan Figert

New NBTC Steering Committee members are Craig Alderman with the Quail & Upland Wildlife Federation, representing private quail conservation groups; Catherine Rideout, representing Southeast Partners in Flight in the designated seat for nongame conservation partners; Larry Heggemann with the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture, filling the “at-large” seat;  Nathan Stricker with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources representing the Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies; and Dr. Leonard Brennan of CKWRI representing academic research institutions.

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee, NBCI is a project of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a range-wide, policy-level leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of state fish and wildlife agencies, academic research institutions and non-governmental conservation organizations. NBCI is funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, two dozen state wildlife management agencies, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Southern Company. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org

Standardizing Bobwhite Monitoring Tops Agenda For State Quail Coordinators from 23 States

Standardizing Bobwhite Monitoring Tops Agenda

For State Quail Coordinators from 23 States 

ABILENE, Texas – Twenty-three of 25 state quail coordinators from National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) member states were among the participants this week in the annual meeting of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC), the umbrella group of state wildlife management agencies and their partners overseeing the national initiative aimed at restoring huntable populations of wild bobwhites across their range.

“The attendance is remarkable considering the budget challenges states have,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie. 

While much of the attention has naturally been focused on quail management in the host state of Texas, the coordinators’ primary challenge has been to develop a first-ever standardized and coordinated monitoring protocol for quail “focus areas.” The focus area approach and standardized monitoring of results are keys to the NBCI habitat-based strategy for restoring bobwhites maximizing limited resources.     

The NBTC Steering Committee’s goal is for each of the 25 NBCI states to participate with at least one NBCI focus area, according to McKenzie, which must be monitored for habitat gains and bobwhite response, not only to provide credible evidence of progress but also to enable improvements in conservation delivery.

“The lack of valid, credible and comparable monitoring data threatens the viability of the entire quail restoration movement because it deprives us of documented success stories, robs sportsmen of confidence and hope, and undermines agency resolve,” explained McKenzie. “NBCI has worked with the state quail coordinators to find a voluntary approach that is not only science-based but also actually quite doable by each state. Unity in bobwhite conservation delivery and monitoring across the range will make the NBTC’s national initiative one of the premier conservation partnerships in the country.”

The meeting ended today. The group will convene again next year in Roanoke, VA.

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee, NBCI is a project of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a range-wide, policy-level leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of state fish and wildlife agencies, academic research institutions and non-governmental conservation organizations. NBCI is funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, two dozen state wildlife management agencies, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Southern Company. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org

State of the Bobwhite: Grassland Conservation at a Crossroads

Challenge Solvable, But Decisive Actions Needed

Bobwhite Quail, Grasslands Conservation

At a Crossroads, Says New 25-State Report

 

BRANSON, Missouri — Declaring that conservation efforts on behalf of bobwhite quail and other native grasslands birds are “far inadequate” to stop their decline in the U.S., a national coalition of 25 state wildlife agencies has issued a new situation assessment and a call for decisive action. The report was unveiled at the annual conference of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.

“A much larger, long-term commitment by all states and conservationists is imperative to overcome the half-century decline in bobwhite habitats and populations,” according to the first ever State of the Bobwhite: Grassland Conservation at a Crossroads from the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI). “Bobwhites are slipping through our fingers, and time is not on our side. We have the expertise; now we need to muster the resolve.”

Bobwhite quail populations have plummeted as much as 80 percent over the past half century by some estimates, while entire suites of songbirds that depend on the same habitat of native grasslands and shrublands have recorded similar declines.

In the first-ever regional bobwhite report, the NBCI and the NBCI Management Board, comprised of wildlife agency directors and private conservation leaders, say the following actions are required over the next 12 months as initial steps to recovering quail and other grassland species:

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture should “step up to the plate” to become a more positive force in the restoration of native grasslands and bobwhite quail, specifically by adopting a policy making native plant species, instead of aggressive exotics that provide poor habitat, the first choice when the department subsidizes with public money plantings on private lands.

“This is probably the single most important thing that can be done across much of the country for America’s native grasslands and the wildlife that depend on them, including bobwhite quail and a whole host of songbirds,” said NBCI Director Don McKenzie.

  • Each of the 25 NBCI-member states in the core bobwhite range should adopt and adapt the new national bobwhite Conservation Planning Tool (NBCI 2.0) to their respective state, if they haven’t done so already, and inform the public of their intention.
  • States should highlight the range-wide National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative in their state wildlife magazine, and explain the challenges in the context of their state and how the state is addressing them.
  • All individuals should join a native grassland habitat-related conservation organization immediately, whether the group emphasizes quail, turkey or songbirds.
  • All individual quail and grassland wildlife enthusiasts should also support their respective state’s quail management efforts by calling the state quail coordinator and offering personal involvement, political connections or financial support, as well as attendance and vocal support at meetings of the state wildlife commission or board.
  •  Individuals need to communicate to their Congressional delegation the need to support Farm Bill conservation programs, which are being cut disproportionately relative to other Farm Bill provisions.

The 37-page State of the Bobwhite is the first-ever coordinated attempt to assess state-by-state the status of bobwhite populations, hunting activity and conservation efforts across all 25 member states of the NBCI. And although bobwhite numbers continue to decline, the report does highlight a number of positive actions at the state level. Examples include:

  • Pennsylvania and West Virginia are preparing inaugural bobwhite conservation plans;
  • There are now 180 state agency-led bobwhite focus areas in 12 states;
  • Bobwhites have been included in efforts aimed at increasing wildlife diversity through ecosystem restoration in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina;
  • There are new prescribed fire initiatives benefitting bobwhites in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas;
  • Notable public outreach programs are underway in Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

To read the entire report, go to http://www.bringbackbobwhites.org/about-bobwhites/state-of-the-bobwhite

 

 

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee, 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 range-wide, policy-level leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of state fish and wildlife agencies, academic research institutions and private  conservation organizations. NBCI is funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, two dozen state wildlife management agencies, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Southern Company. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org

Godwin Honored for Quail Restoration Work

Mississippi’s Dave Godwin Honored

For Dedication to Bobwhite Quail Restoration

Godwin, right, and South Carolina’s Billy Dukes, past NBTC Steering Committee Chair and chair of Awards Committee

 

Mississippi  Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Wild Turkey/Small Game Program Coordinator Dave Godwin walked away with the National Bobwhite Technical Committee’s (NBTC) annual award for “outstanding efforts and contributions” to the conservation and management of bobwhite quail – and a standing ovation – at the committee’s annual meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, last week.

The NBTC is comprised of the fish and wildlife agencies of the 25-state core range of the bobwhite quail, various research institutions and private conservation groups. It is the parent entity of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), the unified strategy to restore wild quail on a national, range-wide level.

Multiple nominations of Godwin, widely known as “Mississippi’s Small Game Hunting Ambassador,” cited his historic support for bobwhite restoration on the national, regional and state levels. He served various elected capacities with the NBTC – including chairman of the steering committee from 2006 to 2008 – to oversee its expansion from the regional Southeastern Quail Study Group to a range-wide effort, and the selection of the formal headquarters of the NBCI at the University of Tennessee.

Godwin was also cited for  helping make small game and bobwhite conservation a priority in his own home state of Mississippi, including creating the position of statewide quail coordinator, launching the state’s first-ever private lands habitat development program, completing the state’s first statewide strategic quail plan, and establishing quail management demonstrations on state wildlife management areas.

“I am truly honored to receive this award from my peers,” said Godwin. “It has been a true honor to serve the National Bobwhite Technical Committee, and to work on bobwhite conservation issues within the State of Mississippi.  The long-term, range wide decline of bobwhite quail is one of the greatest conservation challenges of our time.  I accept this award on behalf of all of those who have worked to reverse the decline of quail in Mississippi.”

 

Midwest States Renew NBCI Support

Midwest Fish & Wildlife Agencies

Renew Support for NBCI

The Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA) recently renewed its support of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI). The action follows the beta release of a massive revision of the initiative on March 17 at the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City and a similar renewal of support by the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies on April 19.

An organization of agencies from 13 states and three Canadian provinces, MAFWA voted to integrate the initiative into their respective bird and habitat conservation initiatives to the extent practical, and to work with other regional organizations to chart a long-term course for the nation to foster greater collaboration in managing resident game birds across state and regional boundaries.

Essentially a range-wide prescription for bobwhite recovery, NBCI 2.0 includes a thorough update and analysis of the bobwhite’s situation, a survey and classification of 600 million acres of landscape across the bobwhite range, and inventories 195 million acres of priority landscapes where bobwhite and grasslands conservation have a relatively high potential of success. It also prescribes specific management actions necessary for those acres to achieve respective state bobwhite population goals, and identifies specific keys to success, such as the addition and management of diverse native grasses and wildflowers to agricultural fields, pasture lands and forests.

NBCI 2.0 includes a massive database with an array of custom digital applications – the NBCI Conservation Planning Tool (CPT) – that helps bobwhite biologists quickly analyze habitat prospects at regional, state, county or landowner levels, and plan and implement projects for the greatest return on investment.

Paired with the online plan and tools for implementation is a small NBCI staff to help generate support for state efforts and, over time, help states address constraints to bobwhite recovery at a range-wide or national level.

To read MAFWA’s complete resolution, click HERE.

 

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee, NBCI is a project of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a range-wide, policy-level leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of state fish and wildlife agencies, academic research institutions and non-governmental conservation organizations. NBCI is funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, two dozen state wildlife management agencies, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Southern Company. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org

 

University of Tennessee Looking for Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management

University of Tennessee Looking for Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management, Department of Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Salary DOE&Q. The Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management is expected to instruct the following upper-division courses: Wildlife Techniques, Upland Habitat Management, and Prescribed Fire Management; and, co-instruct the Department’s capstone course (Planning and Management of Forest, Wildlife and Fisheries Resources).  The person hired for the position also will be responsible for leading the Department’s wildlife and fisheries internship program and is expected to have active involvement with the U.T. Chapter of The Wildlife and Fisheries Society. The candidate will be required to advise undergraduate and graduate students, build a graduate research program, secure extramural funding, and publish in the peer-refereed literature.  Engagement in university and professional service activities and commitment to the Land Grant University mission of teaching, research and outreach is expected.

Candidates must have Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, natural resources, biological science, or a closely related field. Additional desirable qualifications include: postdoctoral or faculty experience that includes teaching, advising, and mentoring university students, experience in supervising student research, strong publication record, success in grant writing, ability and intent to cooperate and collaborate with state and federal natural resource agencies and non-government organizations, and experience in interdisciplinary teams.  Experience as a practicing wildlife biologist or manager and certification by The Wildlife Society as an Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist would be an asset.

Information on the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, as well as the complete position announcement may be found at http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 15, 2011.

To apply: E-mail a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of both teaching and research philosophies, copies of official transcripts for all degrees completed, and letters of recommendation from (3) references to : Penny Barnhart (pbarnhar@utk.edu).   If you have questions please contact Richard Strange (rstrange@utk.edu) or Penny Barnhart (pbarnhar@utk.edu or 865-974-7988).

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

 

States ID 195 Million Acres as Bobwhite Priority with Release of NBCI 2.0

 

States ID 195 Million Acres as Bobwhite Priority with Release of NBCI 2.0

KANSAS CITY, MO.  – If its habitat management goals were to be fully implemented across “priority” landscapes it could add 4.6 million additional coveys – or more than 55 million birds — to the plummeting populations of bobwhites across the range, estimates the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI).

That was one message delivered Thursday night at an evening reception packed with representatives from an array of federal, state and private conservation organizations at the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference. They gathered to see the 25 states comprising the core range of the northern bobwhite quail unveil the new, web-based NBCI 2.0, the massive revision and expansion of the original 2002 printed bobwhite plan, known then as the “Northern” Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. It was instituted primarily by 16 southeastern states to help reverse the drastic decline of quail and a suite of other wildlife species dependent on disappearing diversity of native grasses, wildflowers and shrubs on rangelands, farmlands, grasslands and timberlands. 

NBCI Director McKenzie discusses advances under original 2002 NBCI
NBCI Director McKenzie discusses advances under original 2002 NBCI

“The original 2002 NBCI changed the game for bobwhite conservation and grasslands conservation overall in many ways; this revised NBCI will raise our game,” NBCI Director Don McKenzie told the audience. “This second edition goes light years beyond the initial paper-based effort in 2002. This new NBCI is a dynamic, interactive, web-connected geographic information system created by an innovative combination of satellite imagery, landscape databases, professional biological judgment and knowledge of priorities in rural communities. This is an initiative by the states, for the states. And it’s really just the beginning at a truly range-wide scale.”

Essentially a range-wide prescription for bobwhite recovery, NBCI 2.0 includes a thorough update and analysis of the bobwhite’s situation, a survey and classification of 600 million acres of landscape across the bobwhite range, and inventories 195 million acres of priority landscapes where bobwhite and grasslands conservation have a relatively high potential of success. It also prescribes specific management actions necessary for those acres to achieve respective state bobwhite population goals, and identifies specific keys to success, such as the addition and management of diverse native grasses and wildflowers to agricultural fields, pasture lands and forests.

NBCI 2.0 includes a massive database with an array of custom digital applications – the NBCI Conservation Planning Tool (CPT) – that helps bobwhite biologists quickly analyze habitat prospects at regional, state, county or landowner levels, and plan and implement projects for the greatest return on investment.

Paired with the online plan and tools for implementation is a small NBCI staff to help generate support for state efforts and, over time, help states address constraints to bobwhite recovery at a range-wide or national level.

The 233-page report can be accessed by visiting the NBCI website at www.bringbackbobwhites.org/strategy/nbci-20, or through Tall Timbers Research Station at http://nbci.ttrs.org/nbci/ConservationPlanningTool/docs/NBCIver2.0.pdf. The digital Conservation Planning Tool will be available at http://nbci.ttrs.org/nbci/ConservationPlanningTool.htm. (Visitors can view only portions of the material here, with complete access limited to professional biologists and conservation planners.)

Headquartered at the University of Tennessee, NBCI is a project of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a range-wide, policy-level leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of state fish and wildlife agencies, academic research institutions and non-governmental conservation organizations. NBCI is funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, two dozen state wildlife management agencies, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Southern Company. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org

NBCI Launches New Bobwhite Website

NBCI Unveils New Bobwhite Website to Public

Bobwhite quail, and the many other species in decline that share the same space, have a new ally on the web with the launch of www.bringbackbobwhites.org by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI).

A coalition of 25 state fish and wildlife agencies and other public and private organizations, NBCI adds a range-wide, policy level approach to the traditional project level work by the individual states.  The website’s launch comes a month before NBCI unveils a massive revision of the original 2002 initiative at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The revision includes a new digital “Conservation Planning Tool” for use by quail biologists. Over 600 biologists cooperated to build the new tool.

“NBCI is a strategy by the states, for the states to assist their efforts to restore populations of wild bobwhites across their range,” said Don McKenzie, NBCI director. “The new website is one step in bringing these efforts into focus, building a wider community that’s supportive of saving bobwhites and the many other imperiled species, and giving them avenues to act on that support. Our goal is for the site to become “bobwhite central,” a go-to location for anyone wanting to know more about the bobwhite’s situation and what’s happening to America’s landscape that’s causing it.

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Headquartered at the University of Tennessee, NBCI is a project of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a range-wide, policy level leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of state fish and wildlife agencies, academic research institutions and non-governmental conservation organizations. NBCI is funded by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, two dozen state wildlife management agencies, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Southern Company. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org

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