BSC offering course working with quail populations

Bainbridge State College students will have a unique opportunity during the fall semester to ensure future conservation of Northern bobwhite quail, Georgia’s official state game bird.

Bainbridge State Associate Professor of Biology Jenny Harper is scheduled to offer Research and Documentation Methods (RSCH 110) that will give students real experience in the world of game management. Students who enroll in the fall course could earn two credit hours while learning more about wildlife conservation and biological fieldwork.

Most of the research and documentation will be with the assistance of biologists from Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, which is located on the Georgia-Florida line off Highway 12.

“This is the first time the college has worked with Tall Timbers, but Dr. Jenny Harper has led many outstanding field experiences for students,” said Dr. Tonya Strickland, vice president for Academic Affairs. “What a wonderful opportunity for students to learn research and documentation methods while enjoying great sunrises and the sound of quail coveys calling.”

Georgia’s quail population has declined by more than 85 percent since the 1960s and consequently the number of quail hunters has declined by more than 80 percent in over 100 years when Georgia was known as the premiere quail-hunting destination.

In Georgia and other states, major efforts are underway to restore and maintain bobwhite quail habitat and populations. Besides Tall Timbers, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area in southern Decatur County is also a location that practices are being implemented to enhance quail populations.

Please contact Dr. Jenny Harper with questions at (229) 248-2560 or email her at jharper@bainbridge.edu.

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