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NBGI-TC Annual Meeting MS

2024 National Bobwhite and Grassland Initiative Technical Committee Annual Meeting
July 29 – August 2

Tupelo, MS

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, partners and sponsors are pleased to host the annual meeting of the NBGI Technical Committee and invite you to attend. The meeting will be held at the Cadence Bank Conference Center, 375 East Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38804. For those driving there is ample free parking at the conference center. Tupelo is within two hours of Huntsville International Airport (HSV) and Memphis International Airport (MEM). Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) near Columbus, MS, a one hour drive, offers Delta flight options.

A room block has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Tupelo, adjacent to the conference center. The conference rate is $139 per night. The room block expires June 28, 2024. Other nearby lodging options include:

Holiday Inn & Suites Tupelo North (2 miles – click to view information)
923 North Gloster, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804
Hotel Tupelo (across the street from Hilton Garden Inn- click to view information)
314 East Main St, Tupelo, MS 38804

Early Bird Registration is $225, Regular Registration $275, Student Registration $150. Early Bird Registration ends midnight July 6, 2024. Meeting registration includes optional activities (pre-registration required): Monday morning Field Trip, Monday afternoon Drone Workshop and Tuesday evening Queen’s Reward Meadery Tour.

Use links below to navigate to Registration, Agenda and Hilton Garden Inn booking page

Optional Activities for NGBI-TC 2024 Annual Meeting

There are no fees to participate in optional activities, but please sign up in advance at registration so event planners can prepare adequate accommodations. Transportation will be provided to each of the optional activities. Temperatures, humidity, and UV index will likely all be high this time of year, so plan accordingly for outdoor activities.
If you are interested in attending any of the optional activities please mark it on your conference registration form.

Monday, July 29: Field Trip, 8 am-1pm
On the Monday morning field trip, we will visit two sites: Pulliam Prairie (a tallgrass prairie remnant in Chickasaw County) and Prairie Wildlife (a cattle, rowcrop, and natural resource enterprise with an emphasis on conservation in Clay County). The field trip session will be led by Mississippi Dept of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Mississippi State University, and local Quail Forever personnel. Learn about Mississippi’s Black Belt Prairie region and its conservation and management. Lunch will be provided for participants.
Monday, July 29: Drone Workshop, 1:30 pm-5:30 pm
The Monday afternoon drone workshop will be conducted while quail coordinators are meeting. It will offer participants that are not in the coordinators’ meeting an opportunity to learn about an increasingly prevalent technology in wildlife management. Sponsored by Wildlife Drones, the workshop will be led by personnel from NBGI and Wildlife Drones. A short classroom-style session will be followed by a field demonstration at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center just down the road in Verona.
Tuesday, July 30: Meadery Visit, 6 pm-8 pm
Queen’s Reward is a meadery located in Tupelo that uses Mississippi honey to produce their meads. This Tuesday evening trip to the meadery will include an overview of the production process and a tasting. Additional products are available to purchase from the meadery.
Wednesday, July 31: Shooting Sports, 1 pm-2:30 pm

During the networking and team building session on Wednesday afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to shoot some clays (single stand, weather permitting). Enjoy a friendly competition of shooting skills. Bring a shotgun if you like; we will also have some available to use. 20- and 12-ga shells, targets, and ear and eye protection will be provided.

Early Registration rates are no longer available. Looking forward to seeing everyone July 29,2024.

Countdown for the

Early bird registration

ends midnight, July 6, 2024.

Meeting AGENDA

Annual Meeting Agenda (click above image)
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