A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018
Northern Bobwhites photo courtesy of Dave Welling at www.strikingnatureimagesbydavewelling.com
An additional 771,000 acres were managed to benefit Northern Bobwhites during the last year, according to a new report from the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. Although creating habitat doesn’t necessarily mean there will be bobwhites on hand, this program is making a measurable difference for declining populations of Northern Bobwhites.
The Initiative includes work in 25 states and is considered the most comprehensive interstate effort on behalf of a non-migratory bird species in the history of wildlife management. Land managed for Northern Bobwhites benefit many other birds, such as meadowlarks and a variety of native sparrows.
The Initiative manages 47 bobwhite focal areas, which require specific assessment and monitoring activities. About 84 percent more Northern Bobwhites were heard calling on focal areas than on reference sites – an impressive demonstration that the habitat management techniques are working.
Read more about the Northern Bobwhite revival at https://bringbackbobwhites.org/2018/10/05/nbcis-state-of-the-bobwhite-2018-reports-24-increase-in-managed-bobwhite-acres-over-last-year/