Bobwhite quail set for bigger return to New Jersey

Bobwhite quail

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – It’s looking like the northern bobwhite quail may get another chance to come back in New Jersey.

The secretive and formerly abundant bird with its distinctive onomatopoeic call is effectively extinct in the state but small flocks from Georgia, where it is more numerous, have been captured and moved to a site in the Pinelands over the last four years.

Naturalists from the state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, New Jersey Audubon, the University of Delaware, and Tall Timbers Research station, a Florida-based land trust, have been studying whether the approximately 300 birds that have been “translocated” to the woods on a Burlington County cranberry farm have been able to survive and thrive 800 miles from home …

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