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NBGI Releases State of the Bobwhite 2023

      For nearly three decades, a voluntary collaboration among 25 state wildlife agencies set a vision for the future to solve a conservation crisis. The objective of restoring habitat to bring back bobwhite and associated grassland birds was bold and would take agencies to places they had never been. It would test their resolve, their patience, and their willingness to commit to an innovative team working across state lines on challenges greater than any organization could conquer alone.
      Until the last few months, this collaboration required non-profit organizations and universities to serve as an administrative vehicle to manage our finances and staff. Those efforts, albeit successful, put the partnership on shaky ground and relied too much on others to guarantee the future. The model limited opportunities by working
within other organization’s structures and operational models. The time has come for the National Bobwhite and Grassland Initiative (NBGI) to take flight towards an unrestricted future! 


State of the Bobwhite 2023 is a range-wide snapshot of the population, hunting, and conservation status of the northern bobwhite, as well as features on various projects of interest around the core bobwhite range. The digital version may be accessed at


About NBGI

Headquartered at Clemson University’s College of Agriculture Forestry and Life Sciences, NBGI is a science and habitat-based initiative of the National Bobwhite and Grassland Initiative Technical Committee (NBGI-TC) 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 NBGI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, 25 state wildlife agencies, the Joe Crafton Family Endowment for Quail Initiatives, Clemson University, Roundstone Native Seed, and Park Cities Quail.
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