The August 20, 2020 webinar, Northern Bobwhites and Fire: A Perfect Match, has been posted for public viewing. Featuring Dr. James Martin from the University of Georgia and hosted by the Southern Fire Exchange in cooperation with NBCI and Quail Forever, the offering attracted 370 participants. Developed in partnership with the Southern Fire Exchange, it set a record for program attendance on the Southern Fire Exchange webinar platform and was viewed by representatives from both state and federal agencies, as well as private land managers. Other hosts for the webinar included the Joint Fire Science Program, the University of Florida, and the East Gulf Coast Joint Venture.
In addition to discussing northern bobwhite management and the importance of prescribed fire, Dr. Martin also highlighted the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) pine savanna program, which has the goal to restore pine savanna on 82,000 acres across seven states using forest thinning, prescribed fire, and native grass restoration. Technical and financial assistance is available to landowners who choose to pursue pine savanna management on that designated landscape.
The webinar is accessible via https://bringbackbobwhites.org/category/the-bobwhite-library/webinars/, where NBCI has curated a collection of quail management webinars.
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, 25 state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Roundstone Native Seed, and Lotek.