Albany Quail Project
The Albany Quail Project began in 1992 as a research and monitoring program to serve the needs of the Plantation community near Albany, GA. After many years of collaboration, it officially became a part of Tall Timbers Game Bird Program in January of 2008. The program has been under the direction of Clay Sisson since its beginning and has always been very management and hunting oriented. Long term research and monitoring efforts are centered around year round radio-tracking of wild quail from our headquarters on Pineland Plantation. Since the inception of the project almost 20 years ago, we have radio-tracked over 12,000 quail on properties in the region.
Significant research has been conducted on supplemental feeding, nest predator management, brood habitat, hardwood “clean-up”, hunting efficiency, and wild quail translocation. Some of these findings have resulted in major policy changes for state wildlife programs in regards to quail management. They have also resulted in a modern era of management intensity on local properties that have now experienced population densities and hunting success unrivaled at any point in their history. Our current research focus is on fine tuning brood habitat management recommendations as well as on our long term monitoring efforts. These efforts include not only quail demographics but also monitoring nest predator abundance, hawk numbers, and cotton rat densities. Over time these activities combines are giving us a better picture of what drives quail populations in the region.
Another important focus of our work has been providing guidance and assistance in the renovation of existing quail properties as well as the creation of new ones. Over the last decade along with our colleagues at Tall Timbers headquarters, we have helped create 37,000 acres of new wild quail properties and convert an additional 40,000 acres from pen-raised birds back to wild. Going forward we hope to continue giving science based management advice to our constituents in the area as well as promoting the creation of new quail properties whenever the opportunity arises.