BOBWHITE QUAIL STUDY
Conservation meets the classroom.
Offered in conjunction with the ground-breaking Bobwhite Quail vs. Tick Study created and led by Ranger Eric Powers for more than 15 years, this unique school program integrates biology, animal husbandry, conservation and appreciation of wildlife. School participation in this program benefits both people and the environment, while also meeting school science curriculum requirements. Students incubate Northern Bobwhite Quail eggs and then donate the 1-2 week old quail chicks to CEED. Our volunteers raise the quail for another month or so in our outdoor flight cages until they are ready for release into the wild. Repopulating our native quail on Long Island is critical to restoring balance to our Long Island ecosystem. These ground-feeding birds, which have been largely reduced in numbers due to feral cats, are our first line of defense against rapant tick populations and tick-borne disease.
We guide schools to the resources needed to get a quail program started, provide in-class workshops and the opportunity for teachers and students to release their raised quail into the wild. See below for the details on this year’s Public Quail Release.
Watch the video below or visit our Conservation page for additional information on this remarkable project.
Please consider participating in this “real world” science and conservation project, joining the thousands who have come before you. Together we will make a positive change for our community and give Mother Nature a helping hand at balancing our ecosystem!
“It adds so much to our classroom curriculum, and entices the students to learn about all aspects of the Quail, our environment, and our impact…good or bad…that we have on our environment. No matter what, I’m IN again for next year!”
– Robin Obey, 2nd Grade Teacher
Download our Quail vs Tick Study flyer for details on what you need to get started with your own Bobwhite Quail program, including permit, supplies and project timeline.
Sign up for our Quail Mail list to stay up to date on CEED’s latest Quail vs. Tick Study happenings and get access to more project and classroom resources.
Questions or ready to book your quail workshop? Please email email@example.com.
Please join us for the big release!
17th Annual Bobwhite Quail Public Release 2020
Open to the public! Special invitation to all the participating schools, teachers, children and their families!
Hosted by Ranger Eric Powers, Biologist and CEED Program Director
Saturday July 25, 2020 @ 9:30am Intro, 10am release
Please arrive at 9am for a prompt start!
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve located at 641 W Jericho Tpke, Smithtown NY 11787
NOTE: Participating classes are asked to bring one box/cat carrier per class for your very own extra special release further out in the Park!
Bring your camera and get ready to watch these Quail take their first flight into freedom, and hopefully restart their historic populations on Long Island. But in the meantime, they’ll be out there gobbling up ticks, spiders, grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, and lots of seeds of weeds, and much more…so we can all enjoy our parks with fewer ticks! See you there!
The latest Bobwhite Quail Study news…
We are hatching Bobwhite Quail eggs and raising them to a size that improves their ability to survive on their own.
Sign up for Quail Mail!
Anyone can volunteer. Even you!