NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program

Citizens demand proof of management effectiveness. The universal measure of success is “how many,” quail, migratory birds, deer, etc. NBCI provides science services to measure biological responses, assess results and guide management. Quail conservation success was standardized as measures of population density, quail-per-acre, in 2011, by the 25-state bobwhite restoration plan, NBCI 2.0.

A tiered approach to landscape scale planning and action for bobwhites.

A measured abundance of bobwhites is the goal of the NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program (CIP), as demonstrated in NBCI Focal Areas. CIP is built on the foundation of NBCI 2.0, the 25-state spatially-based bobwhite habitat conservation plan launched in 2011.

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Kansas biologists talk about the importance of NBCI monitoring programs to their management.

The CIP Explained

Quail population response to management is being demonstrated across the species range in Focal Areas by the NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program (NBCI CIP), published in 2014. Essential elements of CIP Focal Area requirements and state participation  are described in Focal Area Essentials. The CIP aims to demonstrate in numerous places that, within 5-10 years, management, principally of habitat, can achieve desired bobwhite population goals. Habitat prescriptions and bobwhite goals are defined by NBCI 2.0.

Details of the entire program are in NBCI Coordinated Implementation Program Version 1.1. The status of CIP Focal Areas across the bobwhite range are also featured in articles in NBCI’s Bobwhite Almanac, produced every year since 2013.

States enrolled in the CIP

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In Development

Enrolled, >1 CIP