Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative

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!

Support the Northern Bobwhite Restoration Initiative!

Help Save New Jersey's Most Declining Bird

We have the opportunity and the know-how, but we need your support. With your support, New Jersey Audubon will reintroduce wild Northern Bobwhite over the next three years and oversee their monitoring and management. One 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

Latest Project Milestones

Wild Northern Bobwhite Released for 4th Consecutive Year in NJ Pinelands!

(March 2018, Chatsworth, NJ): For the fourth consecutive year wild Northern Bobwhite quail were translocated from Georgia to the New Jersey Pinelands, as part of a multi-state initiative to re-establish Northern…

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Bobwhite Nest For Third Consecutive Year At NJA Pine Barren Study Site

The first quail nest of 2017 was discovered by NJA’s researchers at the Pine Island Cranberry Study Site in Chatsworth, Burlington County. The nest, as well as three more discovered…

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