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The quality and quantity of upland habitat ultimately has the biggest impact on quail populations. Source: Quail Forever

The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and partners will host the Tri-State Bobwhite Symposium for professional land managers and landowners Thursday, January 30, 2020, in Marianna, Florida.  It is the second Working Lands for Wildlife–Bobwhites in Pine Savanna workshop funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and is conveniently located to draw attendees from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The program goal is to restore pine savanna on 82,000 acres across seven states using thinning, prescribed fire, and native grass restoration. Federal funding is available to landowners who choose to pursue pine savanna management on that designated landscape.

Quail Symposium Program topics will include:

  • Working Lands For Wildlife’s Bobwhite Quail Model
  • Bobwhite Biology and Ecology
  • Forestry in a Bobwhite Context
  • Northern Bobwhite & Prescribed Fire
  • Using Native Warm Season Grasses for Cattle and Bobwhites
  • Landscape Scale Planning for Bobwhites

Private lands are a critical and necessary component for landscape-scale restoration of wild bobwhites, which is what NBCI is all about,” said NBCI Forestry Coordinator Steve Chapman. “Active management of pine forests on those lands, while still meeting landowner objectives, is a key NBCI strategy, and 82,000 managed acres will show the dividends of this approach.”

Dr. Jess McGuire, Quail Forever’s Working Lands for Wildlife bobwhite coordinator, added that “in order to achieve this level of restoration, wildlife professionals must be trained in the nuances of bobwhite management.”

The symposium will begin with registration at 8:30 AM, followed by the program held from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Central Time.  The Quail Symposium will be hosted at the UF/IFAS Extension Jackson County Office, located at 2741 Penn Avenue, Marianna, Florida 32448. There is no fee for attending, but pre-registration by January 23 is required. Register online at http://bit.ly/tristatequail, or contact Jessica McGuire (jmcguire@quailforever.org, or (617) 686-3012).

Use the following link for the event flyer with more details:  2020 Tri-State Quail Symposium

The Quail Symposium partners include NBCI, Quail Forever, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, University of Florida Extension, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Quail Symposium Sponsors

Through multiple agreements, NBCI, in collaboration with Quail Forever and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources/University of Georgia, will provide at least one of these workshops in each of the seven states identified in the project geography. Those states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Partners will also produce educational materials detailing management techniques and the results of intentional, targeted pine savanna management for bobwhites as part of the overall project.

About NBCI

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, Park Cities Quail and Roundstone Native Seed.