LINCOLN, Nebraska -- The National Bobwhite Technical Committee honored Dr. Leonard A. Brennan of Texas with its Award for Individual Achievement at its annual meeting in Lincoln, NE, recently. The award is presented to recognize an individual's overall contributions to bobwhite research and/or management during a career.
NBTC cited Dr. Brennan, a professor who holds the C.C. Winn Endowed Chair in the Richard M. Kleberg Jr. Center for Quail Research at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, specifically for his positive national influence on quail management, and his support of NBTC and the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative within the wildlife profession during his 33-year career.
In addition, NBTC recognized Dr. Brennan's research on six species of quail across nine states, his more than 170 scientific publications and more than 105 extension publications, many of which established the course for today's quail management and research activities. Dr. Brennan was also a central figure in the South Texas region's designation as the first-ever NBCI Legacy Landscape for Northern Bobwhite Conservation. He was also editor of the award-winning 2006 book, Texas Quails: Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University Press.
Dr. Brennan has also been actively involved in the NBTC (and its predecessor, the Southeastern Quail Study Group) as the elected "academic representative" on the groups' respective steering committees, and has played an integral role in the national quail symposium series – leading a national strategic workshop for Quail 3, chairing and editing Quail 4, and serving as an associate editor for the upcoming Quail 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Headquartered at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, NBCI is an initiative of the National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) to elevate bobwhite quail recovery from an individual state-by-state proposition to a coordinated, range-wide leadership endeavor. The committee is comprised of representatives of 25 state wildlife agencies, various academic research institutions and private conservation organizations. Support for NBCI is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, state wildlife agencies, the University of Tennessee and Park Cities Quail. For more information, please visit www.bringbackbobwhites.org and find us on Facebook, YouTube and Slideshare.