The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative will present a webinar at 1 p.m. (EDT) July 25 on how to use the CP33 – Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds, a practice in the Conservation Reserve Program, to create and maintain nesting and brooding habitat for quail and other grassland birds on less productive cropland field margins.
Northern bobwhite quail and many other grassland bird species have experienced significant population declines over the last several decades and the loss of native grassland habitat is one of the primary causes of these declines. The CP33 buffer practice can help maintain important native grassland habitat within an agricultural landscape. This webinar will discuss the CP33 practice requirements, their importance on the landscape and how best to establish, manage and maintain the habitat quality for quail and grassland birds.
Webinar presenter will be Lisa Potter, the private land programs supervisor with the Missouri Department of Conservation. She received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University and a M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University. Prior to her current role, Lisa had the opportunity to work directly with private landowners to assist them in achieving their wildlife habitat objectives. She continues to work on policy development and implementation of state and federal conservation programs in the continued effort to maintain wildlife habitat on private lands. Potter has been a member of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee since 2003 and currently serves as chair of the Agriculture Policy Subcommittee.
The webinar will be available at http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/maintaining-quail-and-grassland-bird-habitat-in-the-agricultural-landscape-cp33-habitat-buffers-for-upland-birds. Continuing education credits are expected to be available for a variety of natural resource professionals.
Headquartered at the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture/Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is a science and habitat-based 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 to restore wild bobwhites on a landscape scale. 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 & Upland Game Alliance, Park Cities Quail and Roundstone Native Seed.