2009 Breeding Quail Call CountPrepared by John Wooding, Small Game BiologistAugust 31, 2009N.C. Wildlife Resources CommissionBetween June15 and June 30, 2009, 12 Commission biologists listened for “Bobwhite”on 22 routes scattered across North Carolina (Table 1). Each 20 mile route consisted of 21 listening stations spaced 1 mile apart. The biologists listened for 3 minutes at eachstation. A summary of the data is presented below.
Table 1. NCWRC Breeding quail call survey: routes and observers.
Mike Caraway Haywood 1990Joe Folta Edgecombe-Halifax 1990, WakeHarlan Hall Guilford/CaswellIsaac Harrold Wake/JohnstonBrad Howard AlexanderMichael Juhan Burke, Lincoln 1992Ken Knight Stanly 1990Robbie Norville Greene, Pitt-Beaufort 1990, Wayne/DuplinTom Padgett Cumberland, Robeson 1990, SampsonJon Shaw Moore/Montgomery, Rockingham (5A), Rockingham (5C) 1990Chris Turner Hertford/Bertie, Perquimans 1990, Washington/Hyde 1986John Wooding Yadkin
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Figure 1. N.C. Breeding Quail Survey: 1957-09
Figure 1 above illustrates the data by region (coastal plain, piedmont, mountain). Thecoastal plain continues to support the most quail among the three regions. The steepdownward trends in abundance that began in the 1960’s appear to have stabilized over thepast 10 years or so. (Note: surveys were not run in 1968 and 1975-1987)