Sportsmen were alarmed, landowners worried as they watched the northern bobwhite population plummet at the turn of the century. In the last 50 years, annual populations are down 85 percent in the United States. Habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation on a continental scale has silenced its iconic call across rural America.
In Florida, a former private hunting plantation is leading the way to bring quail back. At Tall Timbers, a research station and land conservancy, scientists study fire and its effect on quail and wildlife on the nearly 4,000-acre property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Learn how in this multimedia story .