Quail 9, a national quail symposium originating 1972, is scheduled Aug. 1-5, 2022, in Springfield, MO. The week will begin with the 28th annual meeting of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) and continue as the ninth national symposium, a joint effort of the Missouri Department of Conservation, University of Missouri, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) and NBTC.
NBCI issued the first call for papers Aug. 28. Conference information and the Call for Papers can be found on the Quail Symposium website at https://www.quailcount.org/quailsymposium/home.html. Proceedings from previous symposia can be found online on the publications page of the Quail Symposium website. Beginning with Quail 7, the symposia series has been led by NBCI and NBTC. Since Quail 3 in 1992, the symposium has included western quail.
Quail 9 will feature current quail management and research, including updates and progress of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and The Western Quail Plan. Authors are being encouraged to publish work relating to the NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program, a science-based approach to bobwhite habitat with consistent habitat and bird monitoring requirements across the range, as well as reference or control areas for comparison purposes. The program is aimed at demonstrating bobwhite populations can be recovered when the proper amount and arrangement of habitat are provided within a landscape-scale focal area and conclusively proving that habitat (or lack of it) is the fundamental cause of long-term bobwhite quail decline.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the Quail 9 editorial committee, and those deemed suitable for development as full manuscripts will be selected, with authors notified by February 15, 2021. Subsequent manuscript deadline is July 15, 2021, enabling distribution of the peer-reviewed proceedings. The Quail 9 proceedings will be available electronically only.
Headquartered at the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture/Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is a science and habitat-based initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor to restore wild bobwhites on a landscape scale. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, 25 state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, the University of Tennessee, Roundstone Native Seed and Lotek.