This ‘fire bird’ is back in N.J. for the first time in almost 30 years; here’s how it happened

Before June 6, 2015, bobwhite quail nests had not been spotted in New Jersey since the 1980s. The birds had essentially disappeared from the Pine Barrens, for reasons generally unknown. All signs, however, point to habitat loss.

New Jersey Audubon has been reintroducing bobwhite quail on Bill Haines’ Pine Island cranberry farm in Chatsworth since April 2015. Just months after the first release of birds, originally trapped in Georgia, the nests were found.

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