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Helping to raise quail for release

Helping to raise quail for release

Helping to raise quail for release

Join our conservation effort to help restore the Northern bobwhite quail to Long Island.  We need dedicated volunteers who will help care for our baby and juvenile quail as they grow and prepare for a natural life.

You’ll provide food & water, clean dishes, and keep pens tidy. You’ll also observe the quail, looking for injuries, Illness, bullying, anything out of the ordinary.  Check the pen for signs of damage from predators, ensure heating bulbs are working, and adjust temperature as needed.

Volunteers sign up for one day per week for a roughly 30-60 minute shift.  Morning shift any time between 7:30 and 10:00, your choice.  And evening shift any time between 3:00 and 6:00, your choice. May 15 – July 30. You’ll watch as the quail change from week to week, and then join us for their release in August! 

Three locations:

  • Town of Brookhaven Manorville Compost Facility
  • Clark Botanical Garden Albertson, NY
  • Caleb Smith State Park, Smithtown, NY

For more info, contact Eric Powers, 631-803-6780, CEEDLI.org/quail

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North Hempstead Quail Release Video!

North Hempstead Quail Release Video!

North Hempstead Quail Release Video!

Ranger Eric Powers and our entire Bobwhite Quail Project team of classrooms, libraries, and individuals can take pride in the release of 150 juvenile quail at the Hempstead Harbor Trail in North Hempstead recently.  The town made a wonderful video of the event, and released a Press Release as well.  Click below.  Thank you to all who took part in this effort to help rebuild native quail populations on Long Island.

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Bobwhite Quail Releases 2023

Bobwhite Quail Releases 2023

Bobwhite Quail Releases 2023

Next to hatching, this is the most exciting time of year for the Bobwhite Quail Project.  It’s time for Quail Releases.

The goal is to release these birds into their historical environments on Long Island. They’ll be graduating in July and starting their new lives in the wild. Join me, CEED Biologist, “Ranger” Eric Powers, founder of the Bobwhite Quail Project, as we release our juvenile quail back into their natural habitat. There, they will fill their ecological role of eating small, ground-dwelling bugs in our fields and forests, including a whole lot of ticks too!

Additionally, you can help by keeping house cats indoors and away from the Quail, or making a donation of time or money to help support CEED, the nature center that leads this important project. Release Dates and locations:

  • Wednesday July 19, 10am: Mt Sinai Elem School at Brookhaven State Park. 75 BWQ
  • Tuesday July 25, 11am: Town of North Hempstead at Hempstead Harbor Beach Trail. 50 BWQ from Clark Botanic Gardens + 100 BWQ from Smithtown Pens.
  • Tuesday July 25, 4:30pm: CEED at South Trail (Dennis Puleston Preserve). 100 BWQ from Smithtown Pens.
  • Thursday July 27, 1pm: Town of Brookhaven at the Longwood Estate. 100 BWQ.
  • Saturday July 29, 10am: CEED Release at Caleb Smith State Park. ALL REMAINING BWQ, est 500-600 BWQ. Those of you who participated in this project and donated Quail are encouraged to bring an animal carrier to this release in order to receive a small covey of Quail to have your own private release with just you and your class or library patrons, in another part of Caleb Smith State Park.

I hope everyone can make it to at least one of the releases! I hope to see you there.

Eric Powers, CEED Site & Program Director

 

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Commune with Quail

Commune with Quail

If you’ve ever seen young quail, or if you’ve met Robert (Bob) our CEED Bobwhite Quail ambassador, you know that quail are among the cutest, most interesting Long Island natives. This is your chance to learn about them and meet them up close.  We need volunteers who will dedicate one hour a week for a couple of months to help take care of our young quail before release. The pens are located in Manorville, Smithtown, and North Hempstead. We need one volunteer every morning and every afternoon, seven days a week at all three pens. Pick the time that suits your schedule, and help give our quail a good chance to restore Long Island’s wild quail population.

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Robert Quail’s Giving Tuesday Saga

Robert Quail’s Giving Tuesday Saga

Robert Quail’s Giving Tuesday Saga

Dear CEED Friend,

CEED has released hundreds and hundreds of northern bobwhite quail … so what’s my Giving Tuesday Saga and how did I, Robert Quail, end up living at CEED?

Well, what I remember is that I felt like I never really got used to being in the woods. All the other quail caught bugs and small critters, and since I had always been fed quail pellets, I just couldn’t get the hang of all that hunting. So when I saw a woman who looked kind, I walked up to her, expecting her to feed me.

After all, people had always fed me … why would she be different? Instead, she picked me up and took me to CEED. And I’ve been living at CEED ever since.

We’re pretty sure I wasn’t part of CEED’s Northern Bobwhite Quail Project, because Ranger Eric and the other CEED educators ask all participating schools and community organizations to return all quail to CEED at just two weeks old to keep them from imprinting on humans too much.

And I’m definitely imprinted on people.

Yup, people are the best. Especially Executive Director Sally Wellinger and Ranger Eric and all the people at CEED and all those who support CEED. Thanks to you, I get to have a nice home and be an Animal Ambassador for CEED. That means I will take part in some of the more than 100 school programs CEED does in more than 75 Long Island schools every year. Our innovative quail programs are very popular. Kids get to hatch bobwhite quail eggs and watch them develop. Once the chicks are two weeks old, they go back to CEED to be raised to young adulthood, and then they’re released all over Long Island to help restore quail populations.

It’s fun and conservation all rolled together. CEED programs are often like that!

That’s why I hope you’ll support all of CEED’s educational and discovery programs that connect people to nature, by making a Giving Tuesday gift right now. A CEED Board member has offered to match any gifts made to CEED (up to $2,500), so your gift will be doubled. Add a little extra if you can.

You’ll help provide a home for me and my new Animal Ambassador friends, and even more importantly, you’ll connect people to nature so they will care about the environment, and wild animals can thrive.

Thank you!

Robert the Quail

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Bobwhite Quail Releases 2023

Kick Off of Bobwhite Quail 22-23!

Kick Off of Bobwhite Quail 22-23!

We hope this year’s Northern Bobwhite Quail Project will be even bigger and better than last year with many returning and new participants. The more we get on board for this project, the more likely we will create a sustainable Quail population on Long Island!

For those who are new to the Quail Release Program or who just want a refresher, please view this episode of my TV Show, “Off The Trail with Ranger Powers,” for a nice overview of the Quail Project.

Changes for 2022-2023

The week to incubate quail eggs will be the last week in April, slightly later than before, but after spring break, which is great.
We have added 2 pens to our network and will need Quail Care Volunteers at each pen. Please consider volunteering or spread the word to your class and participants. Quail Care Volunteers will begin the end of May and continue through mid-July.

Ordering Eggs

We are working on ordering the eggs through one vendor, so all participants get the eggs within the same couple of days. They will also all come from the same location, which will make it easier to regulate. This will also make it easier for you since you will be ordering eggs through us.

Communications

When you sign up by sending an email to conservation@ceedli.org, you’ll receive regular quail mail to keep you up to date on preparing for your little bundles of joy.

We have two Zoom orientation opportunities coming up on November 9th and November 17th . Please try to attend one of these upcoming events, as these are mandatory for participation. Please click on the date to register.

Wednesday November 9, 2022 6-7pm
Thursday November 17, 2022 6-7pm

We also had many requests for regular Zoom meetings so everyone can ask questions and share stories throughout this whole process. These will be happening monthly.

Thank you for choosing to incorporate the Bobwhite Quail Release Project in your programming. Not only are you helping the environment now by reintroducing our native quail into nature, you are also helping future generations learn that all creatures have a role in a healthy ecosystem.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Eric Powers

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