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Kentucky: Road to Recovery, 5-Year Benchmark Report

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Kentucky: Road to Recovery, 5-Year Benchmark Report

"In April 2008, Kentucky released its inaugural northern bobwhite restoration plan. It was full of challenges, big ideas, new catch phrases like the “four P’s” (people, partnerships, pinpoint, and patience), and measures of success. This report is a product of that plan. It is designed to self-assess our progress – our successes and our failures. We’re pleased to report we have more successes than failures, but there’s plenty of room to improve. We intend to do just that...

"... We invested in the largest bobwhite research project in the state’s history. In collaboration with the University of Tennessee, the home of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, we embarked on a 5-year research project. Over 2,000 bobwhite were captured and released on Peabody Wildlife Management Area. Knowledge was gained, year around, regarding survival, mortality, habitat use, reproduction, evasive behaviors from hunting, and population estimates. We’ll wrap up by learning if hunters hunt the areas that bobwhite use. Information is power.

"Perhaps our single biggest goal of the first 5 years was aimed at generating hope. Hope in the form of habitat. Biologists have preached habitat for decades. Our landowner and sportsmen audience have grown weary of the message. Too often, habitat didn’t derive the intended result. Apathy became our enemy, success will be our savior. We bring you success! As a whole, our focal areas have shown overwhelming support for the habitat theme."