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State of the Birds Report

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Northern Bobwhite by Joshua

America’s resident gamebirds are some of our most beloved wildlife. Yet even with the best efforts by state agencies and private conservation groups to manage gamebird populations and foster recovery in some areas, many of these species continue to decline.

For example, Northern Bobwhite has benefitted from dedicated conservation efforts in targeted areas, yet it’s declining steeply across its range. Scaled Quail is exhibiting broad population declines across the Southwest.

Both of these birds occur in agriculturally dominant landscapes and depend on working lands conservation. Rangewide recovery requires taking best practices—such as grass buffers along cropfields for bobwhite and prescribed burns with grazing management for Scaled Quail—and extending them across landscapes. Gamebirds will also benefit from management for other, non-game grassland and aridland birds.


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