Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Arkansas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Arkansas Project

Occupancy Modeling of Northern Bobwhite in Arkansas

June 2020 - June 2023


Participating Agencies

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commisssion
  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The Northern Bobwhite is an ecologically, economically, and culturally important bird associated with early-successional habitat. The species is declining across much of their geographic range and numerous state, federal, and NGO agencies are working towards recovering this species. Recovery will be informed by identifying focal areas for management and understanding the distribution of birds across large geographic areas. We are working with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to use their survey data to create occupancy maps for the species across the entirety of the state to better understand their distribution and habitat associations and to inform priority management areas.

Research Publications Publication Date
Ruther, E.V., M Asher, G. Christie, C. Gale, A. Massey, C. Massery, C.R. Middaugh, J. Veon, and B.A. DeGregorio. 2021. Northern Bobwhite Occupancy Patterns on Multiple Spatial Scales Across Arkansas. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 12: 502-512 | Download December 2021
Presentations Presentation Date
Northern Bobwhite Occupancy Patterns on Multiple Spatial Scales Across Arkansas. 2022. Ellery Lassiter, John Veon, Chris Middaugh, Andrhea Massey, Marcus Asher, Cody Massery, Grace Christie, Connor Gale, and Brett DeGregorio. Arkansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Conference. March 2022
Christie, G.H. and B.A. DeGregorio. 2002. Changes in Northern Bobwhite occupancy and distribution across Arkansas. North American Ornithological Conference, Puerto Rico. August 2020
Asher, M. B.A. DeGregorio, E.V. Ruther, C. Middaugh, J. Veon, A. Massey, C. Massery, G. Christie, and C. Gale. 2021. Bobwhite Occupancy on Multiple Spatial Scales. Presentation to the Bobwhite Technical Committee. August 2021