Southeast Quail Study Group Honors WFF Biologist Stan Stewart with Annual Award

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Biologist Stan Stewart has received the 2009 Southeast Quail Study Group (SEQSG) Annual Award for his contributions to the knowledge and management of bobwhite quail in the Southeast. Mr. Stewart was honored with the award at the SEQSG’s annual meeting, the first to be held jointly with Southeast Partners in Flight, in Columbia, S.C., on March 25.
 
“It is an honor to receive this award from such a dedicated group of professionals, who know bobwhite conservation is about more than just quail, but also about a quality of life that we don’t want to see disappear,” Stewart said. “Without a doubt this is a highlight of my career.”
 
Since starting his career with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) in1981, Stewart has worked diligently toward the restoration of quail population and habitat improvement in Alabama. Stewart has served as an Administrative Staff Wildlife Biologist in Montgomery since 1990. Prior to Montgomery Stewart was stationed at the Covington Wildlife Management Area (now the Geneva State Forest).
 
Stewart was instrumental in the formation of the Alabama Quail Council and has worked closely with the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to stimulate applied quail research in the state. An active member of the SEQSG Forestry Committee since its inception in ­­­­­­­­­1995, Stewart has also been a featured speaker at several quail workshops and landowner forums throughout Alabama.
 
In addition to his field work Stewart has written extensively about quail and land management. His 2005 publication, Ecology and Management of the Bobwhite Quail in Alabama, serves as guidebook for landowners who want an increased number of quail on their property. The book provides information on quail taxonomy, distribution, history and status, habitat requirements, habitat management, predation and predator management and hunting. Stewart has also been published in Quail Unlimited Magazine, Covey Rise, and Alabama’s Treasured Forests among other publications.
 
“Stan is a very knowledgeable quail biologist who understands the little subtleties in habitat management that can make a big difference to quail population,” said Corky Pugh, ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director. “His passion for quail epitomizes the commitment shown by so many of our employees to their given field.”
 
In a nomination letter to the SEQSG Awards Committee, Billy Dukes, a Wildlife Biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, praises Stewart as a, “Muddy boots biologist, who represent one of the passionate and unsung heroes of quail management and habitat restoration.”
 
Stewart holds a Masters Degree in Wildlife Science from Auburn University and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Georgia. He is also certified by The Wildlife Society, a professional non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship.
 
The SEQSG, a collection of public and private organizations focused on bobwhite quail population and habitat restoration, has recently expanded its membership to include all states in the U.S. with bobwhite populations. The group created the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative in ­­­­­­­­­­­­2002, which has been instrumental in efforts to recover bobwhite quail populations in its U.S. range. For more information about SEQSG, visit www.seqsg.qu.org .
 
Ecology and Management of the Bobwhite Quail in Alabama is available for download from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Web site at www.outdooralabama.com/hunting/game/quail.cfm.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.