Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative

Northern Bobwhite populations declined by 82% between 1966 and 2010, one of the most dramatic declines in the U.S. In New Jersey the species is believed to be functionally extinct with the possibility of some birds still existing in southwestern NJ. Shifts in farming practices, along with the loss of farmland and young forest habitat are the primary causes of the decline. In order to save this native species we must restore large tracts of quality habitat and reintroduce the birds. New Jersey Audubon is leading a unique partnership to restore Northern Bobwhite quail to New Jersey!

Click Here to Support the Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative!

Project Milestones:

Summer 2017

The first quail nest of the season was found on June 12th by our researchers at the Pine Island Cranberry Study Site. As of late July, a total of 6 nests have been found so far.

Spring 2017

Third release of 80 wild Northern Bobwhite Quail at Pine Island Cranberry study site.

Click "more" below for short video clip.

March 2017

Prescribed burning conducted at study site as part of approved Forest Stewardship Plan.

USDA-NRCS announces federal funding opportunities for Private Landowners and Farmers for Bobwhite Habitat Restoration in Pinelands - 1st time ever for NJ specially for Quail!

February 2017

Telemetry continues as birds successfully over winter for 2nd year.

November 2016

Telemetry continues and project is featured at Longleaf Alliance Conference in Savannah, GA.

October 2016

Fall mammalian predator survey, convey count surveys and vegetation surveys completed and radio telemetry continues.

Project is featured at the 23rd Annual Wildlife Society meeting in Raleigh, NC.

September 2016

Radio telemetry continues and with use of dog additional birds (uncollared) are found with collared birds, indicting young from this year or hold-overs from last year.

August 2016

Total of 13 nests were discovered, however each was depredated by Pine Snakes (each nest had a camera on it.)

July 16, 2016

So far, 9 active nests found this year. One is occupied by a collared bird from the 2016 release that paired up with an un-collared bird that is the offspring from the 2015 release.

June 17, 2016

First active nest of the season found by researchers.

April 2016

Second release of translocated wild Bobwhite Quail is implemented. NJ Audubon and our partners, Pine Island Cranberry Company, NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife, and the University of Delaware released a total of 81 birds (37 females and 44 males). Telemetry tracking continues.

January 27, 2016

Researchers visited the site after the weekend's blizzard and verified that all radio collared birds are doing well. We were able to relocate the collared birds and identify many other quail that are part of the coveys.

December 21, 2015

Annual Mammalian Predator Surveys Completed.

October 22, 2015

We've collared our first born-and-raised New Jersey quail from this season. He is a large male at 180 grams - larger than most of our adults!

August 1, 2015

15 nests confirmed to date - 8 successful, 5 depredated by snakes, 2 depredated by mammal; 127 eggs laid; 66 chicks hatched; 44 adults remaining - 20 male/24 female

July 18, 2015

Total of 9 wild quail nests confirmed on site: 3 active nests, 6 completed (3 hatched, 3 depredated)

June 22, 2015

First confirmed successful hatching of wild quail in the Pinelands

June 6, 2015

Confirmation of first Northern Bobwhite nest discovered in New Jersey Pinelands - first known nesting since the 1980's

April 2, 2015

Quail telemetry study begins

April 1, 2015

First release of of 80 wild Northern Bobwhite Quail translocated from Georgia to the New Jersey Pinelands

Click Here to Support the Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative!

We need your help to continue the reintroduction of Northern Bobwhite back into our Pinelands. With your tax-deductable contribution, New Jersey Audubon will reintroduce wild Northern Bobwhite over the next three years and oversee their monitoring, management, and survival. A key goal of this plan is to offer a model for habitat management for Northern Bobwhite that can be replicated in other areas of New Jersey, but we can't do it without you.