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North Carolina State University Hosts Bobwhite Project Field Day

Chris Moorman (Associate Extension Professor) and Jason Riddle (Graduate Research Assistant; PhD) from North Carolina State University hosted their USDA-NRCS/MSU Bobwhite Restoration Project Field Day Event on August 16, 2006 at Jones Lake State Park in Bladen County, NC. The “Wildlife and Water Quality on NC Farms Workshop” featured a morning field tour of the nearby Holmes Complex Farm owned and operated by Murphy Brown, LLC, one several study sites used in the field border research partially funded by the Bobwhite Restoration Project. Topics covered in the field included NWSG establishment, vegetation management with herbicides, riparian buffers, field border shape and landscape context, and cost-share programs. Lunch, catered by Smithfield Bar-BQ and sponsored by Quail Unlimited, was served at Jones Lake State Park. The afternoon session consisted of classroom presentations on old-field habitat management, maximizing success of field border implementation, riparian buffer basics, cost-share program implementation, and landscape-level quail management. Displays and educational materials were present from Quail Unlimited, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and North Carolina State University. Just under 100 natural resource professionals and private landowners attended the workshop, including personnel from NRCS (28%), local Soil and Water Conservation District staff, University faculty and staff, Quail Unlimited, NCWRC, County Cooperative Extension agents, NC Department of Agriculture, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Download the event summary and participant reviews Here.

For more information, contact:

Chris Moorman
Associate Professor/Extension Wildlife Specialist
Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
North Carolina State University
Box 8003, 3028E Biltmore Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-8003
Phone: 919.515.5578
Email: chris_moorman@ncsu.edu

Terry Sharpe

Terry Sharpe (NCWRC) provides a few introductory remarks and an overview of the Field Day sessions. Just under 100 resource professionals and private landowners attended the Field Day.

John Gruchy

On the first stop of the Field Tour, John Gruchy (UTK, left) and Craig Harper (UTK) discuss establishment and management of native warm season grasses for bobwhites and songbirds.

Jason Riddle

Jason Riddle (NCSU, right) and Chris Moorman show how landscape context may influence bobwhite and songbird use of field border habitats.

Benjy Strope

Benjy Strope (NCWRC) provided an overview of the equipment required to establish native warm season grasses.

Bill Edwards

Bill Edwards (NC NRCS) and Terry Sharpe (NCWRC, not pictured) discuss the importance of field border habitats (CP33) in providing habitat for bobwhites.

Scott King

Scott King (NCSU-Cooperative Extension) discusses the importance of herbaceous buffers along waterways in reducing sedimentation and nutrient runoff.

Tom Padgett

The afternoon classroom sessions featured several additional guest speakers including Tom Padgett (NCWRC; pictured) showcasing the success of the Rowland CURE Cooperative in increasing bobwhite populations.

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