Nilo Plantation hosted Tall Timbers’ Fall Field Day

Bill Palmer welcomes the crowd.

Tall Timbers’ Fall Field was back at Nilo Plantation, near Albany, Georgia, where the first field day was held. Interest was high as over 300 attended the event on Friday, Oct. 29. Under the tent, Tall Timbers’ President and CEO Bill Palmer welcomed the attendees. Tall Timbers’ Albany Quail Project director, Clay Sisson and Nilo general manager Garrett Jones spoke about the management history of the property since it was purchased by John Olin in 1954, and which has continued under the ownership of the Williams family—Nilo is Olin spelled backwards.

Clay and Garrett discussed land management activities that began with hardwood cleanup in 1994. They have since incorporated supplemental feeding, predator control and prescribed fire, which has produced some of the highest quail numbers in the region—the average over the past 3 years has been 12 coveys per hour! Also discussed by Tall Timbers’ quail biologists Alex Jackson and Justin Rectenwald was the quail hatch in the Red Hills region (Alex), and in the Albany region (Justin).

Standing in a peanut field, Garrett Jones discussed the trophy deer program at Nilo.

In the field, the topics discussed were: best management practices for wild quail; storm clean-up and reforestation with slash pine after a swath of destruction from a tornado in 2017, and damage from Hurricane Michael in 2018; management for trophy deer; management of early season dove fields; predator control and feral hog trapping, and the Nilo prescribed burning program.

We thank Nilo Plantation for hosting the event. The beauty of the property and its excellent management by Garrett Jones and his team were on display during the wagon tour. Tall Timbers is also thankful for the many sponsors who made Fall Field Day possible.

Tall Timbers’ Albany Quail Project director, Clay Sisson, left, with Garrett Jones, Nilo General Manager.

On the wagon tour stop at a dove field, attendees listen to Garrett Jones discuss management for early dove season.

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