The Unified Strategy to Restore Wild Quail
Future of Bobwhite ConservationFuture of Bobwhite Conservation
Is Convened in this RoomIs Convened in this Room
• 23 state...
2013 is a pivotal year for NBCI2013 is a pivotal year for NBCI
Many Positives from Solid FoundationsMany Positives from So...
NBCI MODEL
FOCUS AREA
PROGRAM
Complete end of 2013
Transform
the way we do quail
conservation
Why NBCI Focus Area Program?Why NBCI Focus Area Program?
• Long-term challenge, but short-term:Long-term challenge, but sh...
2013 is a pivotal year for NBCI2013 is a pivotal year for NBCI
Significant Uncertainties at all levelsSignificant Uncertai...
Financial Status of NBCI TeamFinancial Status of NBCI Team
• Director funded by annual state antesDirector funded by annua...
North AmericanNorth American
Waterfowl Management PlanWaterfowl Management Plan
Triad:Triad:
• The FedsThe Feds
• The Stat...
Imagine ...Imagine ...
The North American WaterfowlThe North American Waterfowl
Management Plan without:Management Plan wi...
NAWMP Without Feds: USFWS, USGSNAWMP Without Feds: USFWS, USGS
• National leadership?National leadership?
• Coordination –...
Imagine ...Imagine ...
The North American WaterfowlThe North American Waterfowl
Management Plan without:Management Plan wi...
NAWMP without the StatesNAWMP without the States
• Flyway or JV engagement?Flyway or JV engagement?
• State-level expertis...
Imagine ...Imagine ...
The North American WaterfowlThe North American Waterfowl
Management Plan without:Management Plan wi...
NAWMP Without DUNAWMP Without DU
• Grassroots political support?Grassroots political support?
– Federal and State levelsFe...
Take away any of the NAWMPTake away any of the NAWMP
pillars – Federal, State, NGO –pillars – Federal, State, NGO –
and th...
LANDOWNERS
LOCAL / COUNTY
STATES
REGIONAL
NATIONAL
NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to BottomNBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bot...
LANDOWNERS
LOCAL / COUNTY
STATES
REGIONAL
NATIONAL
NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to BottomNBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bot...
LANDOWNERS
LOCAL / COUNTY
STATES
REGIONAL
NATIONAL
NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to BottomNBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bot...
LANDOWNERS
LOCAL / COUNTY
STATES
REGIONAL
NATIONAL
NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to BottomNBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bot...
Without all layers:Without all layers:
strong,strong,
helping each otherhelping each other
and collaborating strategically...
A Case For Pittman-RobertsonA Case For Pittman-Robertson
Funding of the NBCI TeamFunding of the NBCI Team
• Bobwhites are ...
Origins of the IdeaOrigins of the Idea
• Idea arose from statesIdea arose from states
– NBTC Steering Committee, February ...
Benefits of P-R Funding of NBCIBenefits of P-R Funding of NBCI
• States fully, clearly in lead of NBCIStates fully, clearl...
Mechanics of P-R Process for NBCIMechanics of P-R Process for NBCI
• USFWS, NBCI, states develop generic projectUSFWS, NBC...
Mechanics of P-R Process, cont.Mechanics of P-R Process, cont.
• Front-loaded payments, while “bump” availableFront-loaded...
Some Likely ConcernsSome Likely Concerns
• Quail not high priority for some statesQuail not high priority for some states
...
This P-R $$ Endeavor Will Be AThis P-R $$ Endeavor Will Be A
Revealing ExerciseRevealing Exercise
• How strong is the NBCI...
Five-Letter Word: QUAILFive-Letter Word: QUAIL
“I see a look of resignation in our“I see a look of resignation in our
biol...
Why the Looks of Resignation?Why the Looks of Resignation?
• Lazy, unmotivated state employees, layingLazy, unmotivated st...
Time is Right for P-R and QuailTime is Right for P-R and Quail
• Nothing is more central to the mission ofNothing is more ...
The FutureThe Future
of Bobwhite Conservationof Bobwhite Conservation
Is Convened in this RoomIs Convened in this Room
NBCI Director's Report to Stakeholders
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NBCI Director Don McKenzie reports to the 2013 annual meeting of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee in Roanoke, VA in July, and makes a case for funding that national bobwhite restoration initiative using the recent increase in available Pittman-Robertson funds.

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  • Few symbols represent the sporting traditions of upland hunting as well as the bobwhite. Classy bird dogs, fine shotguns and the ‘gentlemen’ bobwhite make for rich tradition whether you hunt by foot in Midwest farmlands or the Kansas Flint Hills, or a Georgia plantation buggy, or south Texas monster truck!
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • One of the most important developments of the NBCI is its consensus finding that the #1 limiting factor for quail populations across most of the Southeast is the lack of nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
  • NBCI Director's Report to Stakeholders

    1. 1. The Unified Strategy to Restore Wild Quail
    2. 2. Future of Bobwhite ConservationFuture of Bobwhite Conservation Is Convened in this RoomIs Convened in this Room • 23 states23 states • NGOsNGOs • Joint VenturesJoint Ventures • AcademicsAcademics • Federal AgenciesFederal Agencies • IndustryIndustry
    3. 3. 2013 is a pivotal year for NBCI2013 is a pivotal year for NBCI Many Positives from Solid FoundationsMany Positives from Solid Foundations – NBTC’s organization & processes strongerNBTC’s organization & processes stronger • New Mined Lands Subcommittee startingNew Mined Lands Subcommittee starting todaytoday • More activities by subcommittees on prioritiesMore activities by subcommittees on priorities • More accountability being establishedMore accountability being established – NBCI staff in many key leadership rolesNBCI staff in many key leadership roles – NBCI Management Board engaged, leadingNBCI Management Board engaged, leading – Bobwhite Foundation launched in March 2013Bobwhite Foundation launched in March 2013 • 11stst $100K gift, $1 million challenge: Joe Crafton, TX$100K gift, $1 million challenge: Joe Crafton, TX • 2 new BF Board members, VA: James Hazel, CT Hill2 new BF Board members, VA: James Hazel, CT Hill – More new state initiatives arisingMore new state initiatives arising • South Carolina latestSouth Carolina latest
    4. 4. NBCI MODEL FOCUS AREA PROGRAM Complete end of 2013 Transform the way we do quail conservation
    5. 5. Why NBCI Focus Area Program?Why NBCI Focus Area Program? • Long-term challenge, but short-term:Long-term challenge, but short-term: • Expectations, attention spans, budget cyclesExpectations, attention spans, budget cycles • Cannot fix entire landscapes at onceCannot fix entire landscapes at once • Start with manageable-sized areasStart with manageable-sized areas • Set up toSet up to succeedsucceed!!!! • Must demonstrate short-term successesMust demonstrate short-term successes • Prove concepts, instill hope, build credibilityProve concepts, instill hope, build credibility • Strategic Habitat ConservationStrategic Habitat Conservation • Learn whatLearn what is / is notis / is not workingworking • New partnership opportunitiesNew partnership opportunities • Test of fireTest of fire
    6. 6. 2013 is a pivotal year for NBCI2013 is a pivotal year for NBCI Significant Uncertainties at all levelsSignificant Uncertainties at all levels • Bobwhite populations disappearingBobwhite populations disappearing from fringe states, still declining in allfrom fringe states, still declining in all – Implications for continuing state participation?Implications for continuing state participation? • States have variable commitment to quailStates have variable commitment to quail – Quail still not high priority in too many statesQuail still not high priority in too many states • One quail NGO dissolved in 2013One quail NGO dissolved in 2013 – Implications for other NGO partners?Implications for other NGO partners? • Future NBCI funding uncertainFuture NBCI funding uncertain
    7. 7. Financial Status of NBCI TeamFinancial Status of NBCI Team • Director funded by annual state antesDirector funded by annual state antes • Ag Policy Coordinator funded by MSCGAg Policy Coordinator funded by MSCG – Ends Dec 2013Ends Dec 2013 – ½ of extra year ( thru June 2014) provided by½ of extra year ( thru June 2014) provided by Park Cities QuailPark Cities Quail, chapter of TX Quail Coalition, chapter of TX Quail Coalition • NFWF funds: NBCI Science, Forestry,NFWF funds: NBCI Science, Forestry, CommunicationsCommunications – 6-month probationary grant (year 3.0 – 3.5)6-month probationary grant (year 3.0 – 3.5) ends early 2014ends early 2014 – Internal evaluation met expectationsInternal evaluation met expectations – Future NFWF funding uncertainFuture NFWF funding uncertain
    8. 8. North AmericanNorth American Waterfowl Management PlanWaterfowl Management Plan Triad:Triad: • The FedsThe Feds • The StatesThe States • Ducks UnlimitedDucks Unlimited
    9. 9. Imagine ...Imagine ... The North American WaterfowlThe North American Waterfowl Management Plan without:Management Plan without: • The FedsThe Feds • The StatesThe States • Ducks UnlimitedDucks Unlimited
    10. 10. NAWMP Without Feds: USFWS, USGSNAWMP Without Feds: USFWS, USGS • National leadership?National leadership? • Coordination – Int’l, Nat’l, Flyways, Regions,Coordination – Int’l, Nat’l, Flyways, Regions, JVs?JVs? • Expertise and technical assistance?Expertise and technical assistance? • Science and research support?Science and research support? • Surveys?Surveys? • Data management?Data management? • Money?Money? – NAWCANAWCA – Duck StampsDuck Stamps – Partner for Fish and WildlifePartner for Fish and Wildlife • Refuges?Refuges?
    11. 11. Imagine ...Imagine ... The North American WaterfowlThe North American Waterfowl Management Plan without:Management Plan without: • The FedsThe Feds • The StatesThe States • Ducks UnlimitedDucks Unlimited
    12. 12. NAWMP without the StatesNAWMP without the States • Flyway or JV engagement?Flyway or JV engagement? • State-level expertise and manpower?State-level expertise and manpower? • WMA restoration or managementWMA restoration or management projects?projects? • Private lands biologists?Private lands biologists? • State and local surveys?State and local surveys? • Political support for NAWCA,Political support for NAWCA, Duck Stamps?Duck Stamps? • State $$:State $$: – Match for NAWCA grantsMatch for NAWCA grants – to Canada for projects?to Canada for projects?
    13. 13. Imagine ...Imagine ... The North American WaterfowlThe North American Waterfowl Management Plan without:Management Plan without: • The FedsThe Feds • The StatesThe States • Ducks UnlimitedDucks Unlimited
    14. 14. NAWMP Without DUNAWMP Without DU • Grassroots political support?Grassroots political support? – Federal and State levelsFederal and State levels • Sportsmen’s money?Sportsmen’s money? – ProjectsProjects – MatchingMatching • Banking services, e.g. $$ to Canada?Banking services, e.g. $$ to Canada? • Lobbying power in DCLobbying power in DC • Expert services:Expert services: – BiologicalBiological – EngineeringEngineering – Data analysis & managementData analysis & management
    15. 15. Take away any of the NAWMPTake away any of the NAWMP pillars – Federal, State, NGO –pillars – Federal, State, NGO – and the Plan failsand the Plan fails How doesHow does the NAWMP compare with the NBCI?the NAWMP compare with the NBCI?
    16. 16. LANDOWNERS LOCAL / COUNTY STATES REGIONAL NATIONAL NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to BottomNBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bottom WHITE HOUSE FARM HOUSE NBCI Niche NGOs
    17. 17. LANDOWNERS LOCAL / COUNTY STATES REGIONAL NATIONAL NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to BottomNBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bottom WHITE HOUSE FARM HOUSE NBCI Niche NGOs
    18. 18. LANDOWNERS LOCAL / COUNTY STATES REGIONAL NATIONAL NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to BottomNBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bottom WHITE HOUSE FARM HOUSE NBCI Niche NGOs
    19. 19. LANDOWNERS LOCAL / COUNTY STATES REGIONAL NATIONAL NBCI Strategy Stretches Top to BottomNBCI Strategy Stretches Top to Bottom WHITE HOUSE FARM HOUSE NBCI Niche NGOs
    20. 20. Without all layers:Without all layers: strong,strong, helping each otherhelping each other and collaborating strategically,and collaborating strategically, for the long term,for the long term, the NBCI failsthe NBCI fails
    21. 21. A Case For Pittman-RobertsonA Case For Pittman-Robertson Funding of the NBCI TeamFunding of the NBCI Team • Bobwhites are declining range-wideBobwhites are declining range-wide – Is a species of great conservation needIs a species of great conservation need • Bobwhites are state responsibilityBobwhites are state responsibility • NBCI is the states’ initiativeNBCI is the states’ initiative • P-R is states’ $$ for wildlife restorationP-R is states’ $$ for wildlife restoration • Bobwhite restoration is core P-R missionBobwhite restoration is core P-R mission • Therefore: P-R funding is idealTherefore: P-R funding is ideal for the NBCIfor the NBCI
    22. 22. Origins of the IdeaOrigins of the Idea • Idea arose from statesIdea arose from states – NBTC Steering Committee, February 2013NBTC Steering Committee, February 2013 • NBCI Management BoardNBCI Management Board votedvoted unanimouslyunanimously March 26, 2013 to pursueMarch 26, 2013 to pursue range-wide P-R project to fund NBCIrange-wide P-R project to fund NBCI • USFWS wants P-R to help quailUSFWS wants P-R to help quail – Receptive to multi-regional projectReceptive to multi-regional project • Precedents for regional P-R projects:Precedents for regional P-R projects: – SCWDSSCWDS – CAHSSCAHSS
    23. 23. Benefits of P-R Funding of NBCIBenefits of P-R Funding of NBCI • States fully, clearly in lead of NBCIStates fully, clearly in lead of NBCI – Outside partner $$ would complement statesOutside partner $$ would complement states – Rather than carrying states’ waterRather than carrying states’ water • Stable, longer-term support for NBCI operationStable, longer-term support for NBCI operation – Potential for increased services to statesPotential for increased services to states • Timing is right, with record P-R “bump”Timing is right, with record P-R “bump” • 25% match provided by Univ. Tennessee25% match provided by Univ. Tennessee – Some states cannot match P-R “bump”Some states cannot match P-R “bump” • Buy time for:Buy time for: – States, NBCI to prove successesStates, NBCI to prove successes – Bobwhite Foundation to growBobwhite Foundation to grow
    24. 24. Mechanics of P-R Process for NBCIMechanics of P-R Process for NBCI • USFWS, NBCI, states develop generic projectUSFWS, NBCI, states develop generic project agreement templateagreement template – By August 2013By August 2013 • USFWS approves template for 4 USFWS regionsUSFWS approves template for 4 USFWS regions – By September 2013By September 2013 • Ready by AFWA,Ready by AFWA, @@ NBCI Management BoardNBCI Management Board – States decide in FY 2014States decide in FY 2014 • Each NBCI state makes individual decisions:Each NBCI state makes individual decisions: – Whether to contribute P-R funds to NBCIWhether to contribute P-R funds to NBCI – How much per year ($25K - $52K range)How much per year ($25K - $52K range) – How many years (3-year trial suggested)How many years (3-year trial suggested)
    25. 25. Mechanics of P-R Process, cont.Mechanics of P-R Process, cont. • Front-loaded payments, while “bump” availableFront-loaded payments, while “bump” available • $$ collected by:$$ collected by: – Regional Associations; and/orRegional Associations; and/or – University of TennesseeUniversity of Tennessee • UT:UT: – Manages the moneyManages the money – Provides 25% match from waived overheadProvides 25% match from waived overhead – Provides financial reportingProvides financial reporting • Oversight:Oversight: – NBCI Management BoardNBCI Management Board – NBTC Steering CommitteeNBTC Steering Committee • NBCI produces one annual P-R report to USFWSNBCI produces one annual P-R report to USFWS for all statesfor all states
    26. 26. Some Likely ConcernsSome Likely Concerns • Quail not high priority for some statesQuail not high priority for some states – Not enough quail hunters to justifyNot enough quail hunters to justify – Other reasons??Other reasons?? • Directors and Wildlife Chiefs may disagreeDirectors and Wildlife Chiefs may disagree about how to spend P-R $$about how to spend P-R $$ • Keep P-R $$ in stateKeep P-R $$ in state • Some states not short on matchSome states not short on match • Some NBCI activities not eligible for P-RSome NBCI activities not eligible for P-R • Specific objectives and deliverables keySpecific objectives and deliverables key • How to deal with partial state P-R supportHow to deal with partial state P-R support
    27. 27. This P-R $$ Endeavor Will Be AThis P-R $$ Endeavor Will Be A Revealing ExerciseRevealing Exercise • How strong is the NBCI’s future?How strong is the NBCI’s future? • How much do states want to lead andHow much do states want to lead and be in control ofbe in control of theirtheir NBCI?NBCI? • How important is quail restoration toHow important is quail restoration to the states?the states?
    28. 28. Five-Letter Word: QUAILFive-Letter Word: QUAIL “I see a look of resignation in our“I see a look of resignation in our biologists’ eyes every time I bring upbiologists’ eyes every time I bring up that five-letter word …”that five-letter word …” New Chairman of a state wildlifeNew Chairman of a state wildlife commission in core bobwhite range,commission in core bobwhite range, commenting on his determination to docommenting on his determination to do something about quail.something about quail. July 18, 2013July 18, 2013
    29. 29. Why the Looks of Resignation?Why the Looks of Resignation? • Lazy, unmotivated state employees, layingLazy, unmotivated state employees, laying low and drawing paychecks untillow and drawing paychecks until retirement?retirement? • Is quail restoration technically undoable?Is quail restoration technically undoable? – politically infeasible?politically infeasible? – financially out of reach?financially out of reach? • Are the biologists wary of gapsAre the biologists wary of gapsbetweenbetween agency words and actions?agency words and actions? – weary of commissioners’ fleeting whims?weary of commissioners’ fleeting whims? • Afraid of trying and failing?Afraid of trying and failing?
    30. 30. Time is Right for P-R and QuailTime is Right for P-R and Quail • Nothing is more central to the mission ofNothing is more central to the mission of P-R than bobwhite restoration.P-R than bobwhite restoration. – No conservation need is bigger or more urgentNo conservation need is bigger or more urgent • If bobwhite restoration is important, it isIf bobwhite restoration is important, it is worth investing in.worth investing in. – Time for quail world to stop settling for crumbsTime for quail world to stop settling for crumbs • We should not hesitate to pursue P-R $$ forWe should not hesitate to pursue P-R $$ for NBCI and quail.NBCI and quail. • Everyone in this room has a stakeEveryone in this room has a stake – Everyone has a role and a responsibilityEveryone has a role and a responsibility
    31. 31. The FutureThe Future of Bobwhite Conservationof Bobwhite Conservation Is Convened in this RoomIs Convened in this Room

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