Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Shane Mahoney Headlines Annual Meeting of Bobwhite Quail Experts This Week

…the unified strategy to restore wild quail

Shane Mahoney Headlines Annual Meeting

Of Bobwhite Quail Experts This Week

Internationally known natural resource conservation speaker Shane Mahoney, of Newfoundland, will provide the plenary address to the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) Tuesday, July 28 during its meeting through Thursday this week. The group will also hear Bridgett Costanzo with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on “The Role of Working Lands for Wildlife in Landscape Conservation.”

Originally scheduled for Arkansas, the 26th annual meeting has been moved to a virtual platform.

A group of representatives from 25 state wildlife agencies, research institutions and private conservation organizations, NBTC created the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI). It serves in an advisory capacity for NBCI’s work at the regional and national levels on behalf of landscape scale restoration of wild bobwhite quail.

During the week participants will meet in subcommittees based on areas of expertise and interest to cover science, forestry, grasslands/agriculture and communications, and will report their findings to the steering committee at the meeting’s conclusion. State quail coordinators will also meet among themselves during the week to consider additional ways NBCI might assist in furthering their respective state-based restoration efforts.

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, Quail & Upland Game Alliance, Park Cities Quail and Roundstone Native Seed. Media Contact: John Doty, jdoty3@utk.edu