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.
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.