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NC Paper Highlights NBCI

Ed Wall, a Southeastern Outdoor Press Association member who attended our presentation at the SEOPA annual conference last month, writes about NBCI in the New Bern, NC newspaper HERE.

Vote in Future Forward Contest

Two NBCI partner projects, the Kansas Quail Initiative by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Tourism and Operation Outdoors by Tall Timbers Research Station and Mississippi State University, need your votes in order to win a $25,000 prize from the Future Forward Grant Contest, SportDOG Brand®.  These two projects are two of seven under consideration for the $25,000 grant. The project receiving the most votes will be awarded the grant.  After setting up a voting account, you can vote once per day until November 30.  Start now by going to the SportDOG™ contest page on their website:

The Kansas Quail Initiative is a major effort to restore bobwhite habitat as previously covered HERE, and listed on the SportDog website as Project 05.  Project Outdoors, Project 01 on the website, is aimed at college students, providing them the opportunity to participate in research and learn about practical habitat management for bobwhites. 

Both efforts are critical to bobwhite restoration, so NBCI urges you to vote daily.

Funds Available for Bobwhite Restoration in Oklahoma

From the Poca City (OK) News:

NEWKIRK — Farmers and ranchers throughout much of Oklahoma may apply for 2013 Environmental Quality Incentive Program funds for needed grassland management practices that restore critical habitat for Bobwhite Quail, said Rylan West, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service District Conservationist in Newkirk. The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have announced a cooperative effort available to farmers and ranchers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. The NRCS and ODWC have been working together to develop a program tailored to the needs of agriculture producers that will restore and enhance critical habitat for the Northern Bobwhite Quail. The Quail Habitat Restoration Initiative was developed to benefit quail and farmers throughout the state, but selected focal areas will receive high priority for funding. These focal areas were selected based on meetings with local resource professionals, local producers, and local habitat conditions.Read more HERE.

Fall Issue of NC’s Upland Gazette

The Fall 2012 issue of North Carolina’s The Upland Gazette features an article on NBCI by Director Don McKenzie, a landowner success story about restoring wildlife habitat,a description of the duties of Wildlife Commission District Biologists and how they can help citizens, summaries of university research on quail and songbird habitat needs, a feature about piebald deer, and a “how-to” article about the tradition of rabbit trapping in North Carolina.

IL State Journal-Register Reports on NBCI, NWTF Pact

“Bobwhite conservation efforts are getting a lift from the National Wild Turkey Federation. The NWTF has agreed to lend its organizational muscle and habitat restoration experience to efforts to bring back the Northern bobwhite, commonly referred to as quail. The NWTF announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding last week with the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, a consortium of 25 state wildlife agencies working to restore populations of northern bobwhites.” Read more of the report by outdoor writer Chris Young, who was at the announcement during the recent annual conference of the Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Association.