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Title: The Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative: A report on the status of the Northern Bobwhite and a plan for recovery of the species
Year: 2002
Author(s): Dimmick, R., Gudlin, M., McKenzie, D.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Third Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 303
Original Publication:  
Abstract: The range of the northern bobwhite included in the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) incorporates nearly 787 million acres. From 1980 to 1999, the autumn bobwhite population declined 65.8% while declines in bobwhite breeding numbers averaged 3.8% per year from 1982 to 1999. The NBCI is organized to delineate population and habitat objectives for 15 Bird Conservation Regions to facilitate coordination and cooperation with other bird management plans, e.g., Partners in Flight. The NBCI also includes chapters detailing specific management practices for agricultural land, grasslands, and forests, and one chapter-outlining implementation of the plan. Restoring northern bobwhites to their desired density will require the addition of 2.8 million coveys to the current population. Achieving this population will necessitate impacting the habitat on 81.1 million acres of farm, forest, and rangeland. However, the recommended land management practices would change the primary land use on only 6.2% of this acreage. Implementation of the NBCI will require the continuing cooperation of federal, state, and private wildlife organizations and of individual landowners and managers. Much of the needed funding can be derived from existing federal and state programs, through increased appropriations will be required, and some new funding initiatives may be needed. If immediate action is taken the bobwhite’s decline may be arrested in five years, and the restoration may be effected in 20-25 years.
Publisher: The North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, October 1-3, 2002. Omnipress, Madison, WI
Editor(s): J. Randall