Wild Bobwhite Quail Return to the Pinelands

Pine island release -in this covey is the 4000 quail translocated by Tall Timbers(photo by John Parke)On April 1, 2015, beginning just after sunrise, we began releasing the first of 80 wild Northern Bobwhite quail into New Jersey’s Pinelands. Led by New Jersey Audubon and in partnership with the Pine Island Cranberry Company and the Haines Family, project co-collaborators Tall Timbers Research Station, the University of Delaware, Pine Creek Forestry, and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, we have truly begun the process of re-establishing Northern Bobwhite to the state!

The quail, all bearing radio collars, will be tracked by graduate students from the University of Delaware. With the first goal of just survival we ultimately will be looking for these birds to nest and successfully fledge young

In the coming days and weeks we will be sharing more photos and videos. For now the New Jersey Audubon Stewardship Department would like to share photos with you of this historic day in NJ Wildlife Conservation fantastic moment!

To all of the Project Supporters  - thank you so much for helping to make this project possible!!  To make a donation to the quail project please go to bobwhite.njaudubon.org

Press coverage of this historic day in NJ Wildlife Conservation can be found at: A Quail Comeback in the Barrens

holly Haines release 2015(bill Dalton)

quail with transmitterCecil-quail-parke (jean Lynch)last quail out of the box(Bill dalton)photos by Bill Dalton, Jean Lynch and John Parke