Webinar Description: Since Herbert Stoddard, Northern Bobwhites and prescribed fire have been strongly connected. However, prescribed fire, bobwhite ecology, and local site conditions need to be aligned for optimal bobwhite population response. This talk discusses the context of fire frequency, scale, and seasonality for bobwhite management and restoration.
Presented by: Dr. James Martin, University of Georgia.
Webinar Description: The southeastern United States has millions of acres of oak dominated forests that have a closed canopy with limited herbaceous and shrub understory that northern bobwhite require. However, research has demonstrated that with adequate overstory thinning, and the use of frequent prescribed fire, these forests can support populations of Northern Bobwhite Quail, presenting perhaps the best opportunity for large-scale quail restoration in the region. Participants in the webinar will learn about managing oak forests and restoration efforts related to northern bobwhite quail.
Presented by: Dr. Dwayne Elmore currently serves as a natural resource ecology and management professor and Extension wildlife specialist at Oklahoma State University. He is holder of the Oklahoma State University Irvin Bollenbach Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management. An Oklahoma State University faculty member since June of 2006, Elmore has earned renown in scientific circles and amongst Oklahoma landowners and policy makers as an Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist and a researcher focused on upland gamebird management and fire ecology.
Webinar Description: Northern bobwhite quail and many other grassland bird species have experienced significant population declines over the last several decades. Loss of native grassland habitat is one of the primary causes of these declines. The CP33 – Habitat Buffers for Upland Birds is a Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) practice that provides nesting and brooding habitat for quail and other grassland birds on less productive cropland field margins. 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.
Hosted by: Lisa Potter, Private Land Programs Supervisor and Farm Bill Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Lisa 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.
Throughout her career Lisa has worked to increase wildlife habitat on private land through her involvement in research, conservation program development and federal conservation policy improvements. Lisa has been a member of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee since 2003 and currently serves as Chair of the Agriculture Policy Subcommittee.
Webinar Description: Herbicides are an important tool in both forest and wildlife management in the south and particularly in southern pine management. The common practice of heavy chemical site prep prescriptions in forest management may not be appropriate in stands where restoration and wildlife habitat is the objective. The webinar will address herbicide uses in longleaf restoration with a focus on minimizing the impact herbicides have on a healthy and diverse groundcover, including the fine fuels and plants that are beneficial to bobwhite quail, whitetail deer and the wild turkey.
Hosted by: Ryan Mitchell, Outreach and Technical Assistance Coordinator for The Longleaf Alliance. Ryan has a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Auburn University. Prior to the Longleaf Alliance, Ryan was with the Alabama Wildlife Federation where he was tasked with executing their Longleaf Restoration Project through technical assistance to landowners. He is a Past-President of the Alabama Prescribed Fire Council and a member of The Wildlife Society. Ryan is also certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist® by The Wildlife Society and a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Alabama.
Ryan, his wife Kathryn, and daughter Amelia live in south Alabama with their two dogs, Buckwheat and Max. They spend time managing their family’s timber, including natural longleaf.
Webinar Description: Viewers will learn about native vegetation’s applicability to a myriad of conservation practices beyond wildlife uses through an exploration of the supporting scientific research applied throughout the tall grass prairie and southeastern grasslands regions. Topics covered will include soil conservation, water quality, air quality, soil health, forage, biomass and wildlife.
Native vegetation has been questioned for its perceived high cost of establishment, however when considering its multiple ecosystem services and improved efficiencies over many non-native introduced species, native vegetation is a desirable alternative.
Hosted by: Jef grew up in the Osage Plains of west central Missouri where a majority of his formative outdoor experiences occurred. It is through this association his passion for grasslands and associated wildlife was nurtured. Jef lives on a farm his family has owned since the early ’70s. A certified wildlife biologist, Hodges has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri. Jef has worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation in native grass restoration, as a plant manager and marketer with a native seed company in Missouri, as a regional director and biologist covering six states with the now-defunct Quail Unlimited, and is owner/manager of his own company, Total Resource Management, LLC. He is a certified technical service provider by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), serves on the NRCS State Technical Committee in Missouri, the Missouri Prescribed Fire Council and is a member of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Quail Forever, the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Quality Deer Management Association.
Webinar Description: The loss of suitable habitat from changing land use practices — most notably more intensive agriculture, urbanization, and a dramatic decline in active, purposeful forest management with the use of fire—has had a crushing impact on a once iconic species, as well as numerous songbirds, pollinators and other wildlife. Our most effective habitat work on behalf of bobwhites could actually occur in the forested landscape from New Jersey to Texas and Oklahoma to Florida. Bobwhites thrive in forested stands that have been thinned to allow sunlight to reach the forest floor and where these same stands have received a frequent application of prescribed fire.
In this webinar, Steve Chapman, NBCI Forestry Coordinator, will discuss pine forest management opportunities and practices that can not only help to bring back the bobwhite but also can have an impact on slowing the decline of those numerous songbird, pollinator and other wildlife species.