The Unified Strategy to Restore Wild Quail

Don McKenzie, NBCI Director
Quail hunting is a
Southern heritage
Bad News
Better News
Good News
-3.0

-6.0

-18.0
Alabama
Arkansas*
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana*
Iowa
Kansas*
Kentucky
Louisiana*
Maryland
M...
Bobwhite’s Troubled ―Neighbors‖
Bachman’s sparrow
Brown-headed nuthatch
Greater prairie-chicken
Henslow’s sparrow
Loggerhe...
Pollinators that share bobwhite habitat
are declining, too

B. Collins
How did we get in this deep hole?
Unmanaged natural plant succession
Intensive agriculture
Subsidized spread of invasiv...
Bobwhites May Be The Most Difficult
Wildlife Restoration Challenge Ever
• States have authority & responsibility
– Not Fed...
Bad News
Better News
Good News
Quail Problem is Solvable:

A+
Science
+
DPeople, Politics and Money
The States Have Come Together for Quail
25 States +
Partners

Midwest

Southeast

Northeast

Many
Partners

1 Technical
Co...
NBCI Organization
National
Bobwhite
Technical
Committee

NBCI
Management
Board

NBCI
Director
and
Staff

Bobwhite
Foundati...
NBCI 2.0 Plan
Bobwhite Restoration Potential

4.7 Million
New Coveys
NBCI 2.0
• Each state set bobwhite
density goals for
specific geographies
• Hypotheses to be tested:
X habitat prescriptio...
NBCI MODEL
FOCUS AREA
PROGRAM
• Design for success
• Habitat tracking
• Population
monitoring
• Central data
management
NBCI is a:
• Vision – for widespread restoration of huntable
quail populations
• Leadership commitment – of 25 states and ...
NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bottom
WHITE HOUSE

NBCI
Niche

NATIONAL

REGIONAL

STATES

NGOs

LOCAL / COUNTY

LANDOWNER...
National Level:
Some Major NBCI Prongs of Attack
• Science Application
– Coordinating protocols, data collection from stat...
Bad News
Better News
Good News
Why does this matter?
People want to be part of something
bigger
Why does this matter?
People want to be part of something
bigger
Why does this matter?
People want to be part of something
bigger

Good things happen when
people work together
States are Stepping Up
Several Ongoing Active Quail Initiatives

Examples:
• Georgia Bobwhite Quail Initiative
• North Car...
Latest State Quail Initiatives
• Kansas Quail Initiative: 2012 – 2017
• Pennsylvania Northern Bobwhite
Management Plan: 20...
Raise your hand if:
Raise your hand if:
You have ever griped about
government?
Kentucky is Good News for
Bobwhite Conservation

KDFWR is proving that
government can sometimes do things right
KDFWR:
•Invests in key agency capacity:
•2 expert quail coordinators
•Numerous private lands biologists
•Provides quail le...
Kentucky Quail Progress
•Shaker Village
•Peabody WMA
•Green River CREP
•Next: Livingston County
Focal Area?
NBCI STRATEGY IS STATE-CENTERED
States Assert Leading Role
Partners Collaborate and Reinforce

NBCI

PARTNERS

STATES
NBCI STRATEGY IS STATE-CENTERED
States Assert Leadership Role
Partners Collaborate and Reinforce

NBCI

PARTNERS

STATES
This is Kentucky’s Time
KDFWR is doing its part
to provide bobwhite leadership

NOW is the time for
Kentucky sportsmen
to ...
First Steps of Long Journey
• NBCI vision is ―widespread‖ quail
restoration
• not just a few hot spots

• Focus areas are ...
Quail Problem is Solvable:

Science
+
People, Politics and Money
NBCI Pushing Quail Focus Areas. Why?
• Long-term Challenge, but short-term:
• Expectations, attention spans
• Budget cycle...
Quail Problem is Solvable:

Science
+
People, Politics and Money
NBCI Director's Presentation at the Peabody Bobwhite Rally
NBCI Director's Presentation at the Peabody Bobwhite Rally
NBCI Director's Presentation at the Peabody Bobwhite Rally
NBCI Director's Presentation at the Peabody Bobwhite Rally
NBCI Director's Presentation at the Peabody Bobwhite Rally
NBCI Director's Presentation at the Peabody Bobwhite Rally
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NBCI Director Don McKenzie addressed participants at the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources' Peabody Bobwhite Rally at the Peabody Wildlife Management Area on Saturday, Oct. 26. McKenzie used the opportunity to provide an update of the national bobwhite restoration effort and put Kentucky's accomplishments in context.

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  • Any NBCI structure and strategy MUST place and keep states at the core of the entire Initiative, since states are the legal and responsible stewards of bobwhites. States cannot restore bobwhites rangewide by themselves; but no one else can restore bobwhites on large scale without states.
  • Any NBCI structure and strategy MUST place and keep states at the core of the entire Initiative, since states are the legal and responsible stewards of bobwhites. States cannot restore bobwhites rangewide by themselves; but no one else can restore bobwhites on large scale without states.
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    1. 1. The Unified Strategy to Restore Wild Quail Don McKenzie, NBCI Director
    2. 2. Quail hunting is a Southern heritage
    3. 3. Bad News Better News Good News
    4. 4. -3.0 -6.0 -18.0 Alabama Arkansas* Delaware Florida Georgia Illinois Indiana* Iowa Kansas* Kentucky Louisiana* Maryland Mississippi* Missouri Nebraska New Jersey North Carolina* Ohio Oklahoma* Pennsylvania South Carolina Tennessee Texas* Virginia West Virginia Survey-wide 3.0 Annual Trend in Bobwhite Abundance % Change 0.0 -9.0 -12.0 -15.0 Long-term trend (1966-09) 5 yr. trend (2005-09) *State began BBS in 1967 **Survey-wide includes CO, CT, MA, MI, NM, NY, RI, SD, WA, WI
    5. 5. Bobwhite’s Troubled ―Neighbors‖ Bachman’s sparrow Brown-headed nuthatch Greater prairie-chicken Henslow’s sparrow Loggerhead shrike Eastern meadowlark Eastern kingbird Dickcissel Grasshopper sparrow Prairie warbler Blue-winged warbler Golden-winged warbler Painted bunting Bewick’s wren Bell’s vireo Orchard oriole Field sparrow Eastern towhee Yellow-breasted chat
    6. 6. Pollinators that share bobwhite habitat are declining, too B. Collins
    7. 7. How did we get in this deep hole? Unmanaged natural plant succession Intensive agriculture Subsidized spread of invasive exotics Urban sprawl
    8. 8. Bobwhites May Be The Most Difficult Wildlife Restoration Challenge Ever • States have authority & responsibility – Not Federal or joint – ~ 30 independent jurisdictions – No central infrastructure (e.g. USFWS) • Landscape-scale habitat problem – No shortcuts • • • • Mostly private land Long-term challenge Constituency is fading Hope is stretched thin
    9. 9. Bad News Better News Good News
    10. 10. Quail Problem is Solvable: A+ Science + DPeople, Politics and Money
    11. 11. The States Have Come Together for Quail 25 States + Partners Midwest Southeast Northeast Many Partners 1 Technical Committee 1 Unified Quail Initiative
    12. 12. NBCI Organization National Bobwhite Technical Committee NBCI Management Board NBCI Director and Staff Bobwhite Foundation University of Tennessee NBCI Staff: Science Coor Forestry Coor USDA Liaison (in DC) Communications Dir Center for Native Grasslands Mgt
    13. 13. NBCI 2.0 Plan Bobwhite Restoration Potential 4.7 Million New Coveys
    14. 14. NBCI 2.0 • Each state set bobwhite density goals for specific geographies • Hypotheses to be tested: X habitat prescription = Y bobwhite density
    15. 15. NBCI MODEL FOCUS AREA PROGRAM • Design for success • Habitat tracking • Population monitoring • Central data management
    16. 16. NBCI is a: • Vision – for widespread restoration of huntable quail populations • Leadership commitment – of 25 states and many partners • Organized partnership – national, state, local • Strategic plan – a unified, scientific, habitatbased quail restoration plan — ―NBCI 2.0‖ • Committee • National center – to help states and partners by providing: • Leadership • Coordination • Capacity
    17. 17. NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bottom WHITE HOUSE NBCI Niche NATIONAL REGIONAL STATES NGOs LOCAL / COUNTY LANDOWNERS / PUBLICS FARM HOUSE
    18. 18. National Level: Some Major NBCI Prongs of Attack • Science Application – Coordinating protocols, data collection from states – Establishing central data management • Agriculture Policy – Improving CRP policy – Instituting native plant policy at NRCS, FSA • Forest Management, Rx Fire – Opening doors of state forestry leaders – Catalyzing shortleaf pine ecosystem initiative • Grazing Lands Management – Developing NWSG technology – Promoting native grass-fed beef • Public Information, Motivation – Magnifying visibility, web capability – Engaging outdoor writers
    19. 19. Bad News Better News Good News
    20. 20. Why does this matter? People want to be part of something bigger
    21. 21. Why does this matter? People want to be part of something bigger
    22. 22. Why does this matter? People want to be part of something bigger Good things happen when people work together
    23. 23. States are Stepping Up Several Ongoing Active Quail Initiatives Examples: • Georgia Bobwhite Quail Initiative • North Carolina CURE • Missouri bobwhite recovery plan • Virginia Quail Action Plan • Mississippi NBCI step-down plan • Kentucky quail plan • Florida UERP
    24. 24. Latest State Quail Initiatives • Kansas Quail Initiative: 2012 – 2017 • Pennsylvania Northern Bobwhite Management Plan: 2011 – 2020 • Georgia Bobwhite Quail Initiative (2nd round) • Oklahoma’s Upland Urgency • Texas Quail Focus Area Initiative: 2012 • South Carolina – new in 2013
    25. 25. Raise your hand if:
    26. 26. Raise your hand if: You have ever griped about government?
    27. 27. Kentucky is Good News for Bobwhite Conservation KDFWR is proving that government can sometimes do things right
    28. 28. KDFWR: •Invests in key agency capacity: •2 expert quail coordinators •Numerous private lands biologists •Provides quail leadership: • in-state: other agencies, partners • nationally: NBTC, NBCI, Farm Bill •Puts $$ where mouth is for quail projects •Already achieving exciting success
    29. 29. Kentucky Quail Progress •Shaker Village •Peabody WMA •Green River CREP •Next: Livingston County Focal Area?
    30. 30. NBCI STRATEGY IS STATE-CENTERED States Assert Leading Role Partners Collaborate and Reinforce NBCI PARTNERS STATES
    31. 31. NBCI STRATEGY IS STATE-CENTERED States Assert Leadership Role Partners Collaborate and Reinforce NBCI PARTNERS STATES
    32. 32. This is Kentucky’s Time KDFWR is doing its part to provide bobwhite leadership NOW is the time for Kentucky sportsmen to step up
    33. 33. First Steps of Long Journey • NBCI vision is ―widespread‖ quail restoration • not just a few hot spots • Focus areas are beginning, not end • Show short-term success … • Then expand to more and more new areas • All partners are needed, to keep moving forward bringbackbobwhites.org
    34. 34. Quail Problem is Solvable: Science + People, Politics and Money
    35. 35. NBCI Pushing Quail Focus Areas. Why? • Long-term Challenge, but short-term: • Expectations, attention spans • Budget cycles • Cannot fix entire states at once • Need manageable-sized areas • Must demonstrate short-term successes • Prove concepts, instill hope • Secure perseverance • Strategic Habitat Conservation • Learn what is / is not working
    36. 36. Quail Problem is Solvable: Science + People, Politics and Money
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