Northern Bobwhite Plan

The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) is the unified strategic effort of 25 state fish and wildlife agencies and various conservation organizations — all under the umbrella of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee — to restore wild populations of bobwhite quail in the U.S. to levels comparable to 1980.

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The NBCI 2.0 Coordinated Implementation Program

View or download NBCI 2.0, the Coordinated Implementation Program (2016 and 2014)

The NBCI plan employs a Biologist Ranking Information (BRI) layer to assess the likelihood that an area can provide quality habitat and that bobwhite would readily respond to management. In the MAV, ten percent of land area (2.72 million acres) was assessed by NBCI as having “high” potential for bobwhite habitat improvement (shown in blue in the maps below).  The best three land use management opportunities in descending order are

  1. Improved field borders

  2. Prescribed fire

  3. Forest management to decrease canopy cover and increase sunlight reaching the ground. 

These three practices account for 86% of all bobwhite management opportunity in high priority landscapes within the MAV.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

Biologist Ranking Information

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West Gulf Coastal Plain & Ouachitas

Biologist Ranking Information

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The National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative

Find more information at National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative.