Land Trust Accreditation Commision
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September 2014 | Vol 7 | No 3   


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Tall Timbers earns continued national recognition

Renewed Accreditation awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

Accreditation sealTall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy has achieved renewed land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, of which Tall Timbers is a member. “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Kevin McGorty, Director, of the Tall Timbers Land Conservancy. “Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process.”

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Quail Hatch … Mid-Season Report

Chick leaving nestAssessing reproduction at the breeding season midpoint is our first reliable indicator for forecasting fall recruitment and getting an idea of hunting population levels. There are, of course, several routes to decent fall recruitment, such as a very good early hatch followed by a moderate hatch, or a moderate early hatch and a stellar late hatch. In either case, adult bobwhite survival is tightly linked to the extent of reproductive output. To put this into context, reproductive output last season (2013) was not nearly as good as the previous season (2012), but thanks to great overwinter survival, as high as 72% − the highest ever recorded in Albany area during 21 years of year-round telemetry − the end result was a fall population increase.

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Brown-headed nuthatchLeaving home on a wing and a prayer

Watching your kid stepping out the front door for good can break a parent’s heart. The big step can also be cause for subdued celebration, depending on the kid of course.

Animals don’t have such emotional fits during this major milestone in life, but knowing how young animals leave home and settle within the surrounding landscape is a critical part of wildlife management.

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Fall Field Day at Dixie Plantation

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In March, we radio-tagged 50 bobwhites on Dixie to begin collecting baseline demographic data in the core bobwhite research area. We will continue year-round monitoring of radio-tagged birds to evaluate aspects related to the use of cotton fields by quail, the efficiency of all age field trial dogs in locating wild quail coveys, along with the effects of field trials on subsequent hunting quality, and a study to determine the driving forces behind the “new ground effect” of an intensive upland hardwood removal. This hardwood removal has already begun on Dixie and we will measure quail demographics before, during, and after this work is done on the core study area. We are excited about the work at Dixie and look forward to sharing the beautiful landscape and rich history with you during our Fall Field Day on Friday, Oct. 24.

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You're Invited to Celebrate the Red Hills

Walt Matia BronzeJoin us as we celebrate the bounty of the Red Hills region. Make plans now to attend the 17th Annual Tall Timbers - Kate Ireland Memorial Dinner & Auction as we present true farm-to-fork dining from the harvest of the Red Hills region.

Then participate in a lively silent and live auction as we present world class art, unparalleled hunting and fishing opportunities and unique offerings from around the world.

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The mission of Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy is to foster exemplary land stewardship through research, conservation and education.