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The State of the Bobwhite

Oct 13, 2011

The state of the bobwhite is …

  • declining
  • in every state across its range
  • over short, medium and long-term periods
  • without exception.

The State of the Bobwhite report, released last week by the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), reviews the status of bobwhite populations, hunting activity and conservation efforts across all 25 states in the species core range. Quail enthusiasts should check it out!

According to the report and NBCI Director Don McKenzie, “Bobwhites are slipping through our fingers, and time is not on our side.” Quail populations have plummeted over the past half century, as have many songbirds that depend on the same grassland and shrubland habitats. Although the picture appears bleak, there are bright spots.

  • An expanding array of success stories here in Missouri and across other states demonstrates that well-managed land can produce wild quail in abundance.
  • Biologists and leaders across 25 states are working together under the auspices of the NBCI to apply the best scientific information to future farm and conservation policy questions, secure funding for additional habitat initiatives and inform hunters and the public about quail management challenges and opportunities.

Click the external link below the comments box to view the State of the Bobwhite report.

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