A performance report from NC State University on a new cooperative research project between NC State and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, “Expanding Knowledge About Northern Bobwhite Population Demographics in North Carolina.”
State map showing the location of Florida’s Upland Ecosystem Restoration Project (UERP) focal areas.
This is a state map showing the locaton of Florida’s Bobwhite Focal Areas.
The Conceptual Plan for Northern Bobwhite Restoration in Florida (Appendix 1) provides a description of the problem of northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) declines in Florida, as well as a roadmap for further planning. In the “Strategic Plan for Bobwhite Restoration in Florida,” overall goals and strategies to achieve those goals are outlined. However, instead of statewide quantitative goals, as first envisioned, a focal area approach is described. The basis of such an approach is that those areas throughout the state, that appear to have an adequate landscape of public and/or private lands suitable for restoration and management will be selected as focal areas. Then, as the process of selecting and developing these sites progresses, realistic goals can be established within the focal areas. Additionally, it is clear that because of dramatic changes taking place on the Florida landscape, long-term restoration goals are virtually impossible to project. Therefore, the plan recommends establishing goals in five-year segments with the latitude to make adjustments.
The overall goal is to identify areas in the state where large, landscape-scale habitat restoration is feasible and implement strategies to achieve sustainable and huntable bobwhite populations on those landscapes.
Chart showing 1966-2009
Chart showing trends in Florida bobwhite quail harvest since 1960.
Begun in 2006, the Upland Ecosystem Restoration Project (UERP) was developed to prioritize, design, fund, and implement on-the-ground management to maximize the conservation benefit of upland ecosystems on public lands in Florida. This project seeks to coordinate existing conservation efforts, assist agencies with evaluation of potential restoration sites statewide, planning and implementing restoration actions, and improve management of priority upland ecosystems outlined in Florida’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS). As set forth in Florida’s State Wildlife Grants Report and Manuscript Guidelines this report contains details about the work completed on the project during the dates specified.