Tall Timbers 2014 Fall Field Day

On October 24, 2014 Tall Timbers held its annual Fall Field Day at Dixie Plantation. Over 250 attendees were able to observe firsthand the beautiful landscape and learn about the rich history of Dixie.

When Tall Timbers acquired Dixie from the Geraldine C. M. Livingston Foundation in December 2013, it provided a unique opportunity to understand bobwhite ecology on a working hunting plantation. The “Livingston way” was rooted in traditional quail hunting, whereby high regard is given to wild bobwhites and bird dogs. Dixie has been historically managed for bobwhites through conversion of agricultural land to forest lands with an emphasis on regeneration of longleaf pine. However, small scale farming still exists and is an important, economic staple for its everyday operation.

Under the Tent

President/CEO Dr. Bill Palmer welcomed attendees and discussed Tall Timbers’ vision for Dixie Plantation. Land manager Randy Floyd discussed the history and management goals of Dixie Plantation and the 2014 quail hatch season predictions, from Albany to Tallahassee were given by Clay Sisson, Albany Quail Project Manager and Dr. Theron Terhune, Director of the Tall Timbers Game Bird Program.

In the Field

Attendees loaded onto wagons to hear about land management and research goals at Dixie, among other topics. Topics discussed included:

  • Revisiting Hardwood Removal—documenting the “new ground effect”
  • A Working Landscape—growing crops while still growing birds
  • CRP 30 years later—planted pine management
  • Native ground cover management
  • Hosting fields trials
  • Initiating a research/monitoring program
  • Early morning, wagons ready for the field day tour.
  • Registrants receive their name tags.
  • At right, Dr. Bill Palmer, the President/CEO of Tall Timbers welcomes the attendees.
  • At left, Clay Sisson, Director of the Albany Quail Project, discusses 2014 quail hatch predictions in the Albany area; at right, attendees listen to presentations under the tent.
  • Wagon train leaves for the field tour; at right, attendees on a wagon.
  • At right, Adam Rowland, who farms at Dixie, discusses successfully growing cotton and quail.

Red Hills Spring Dinner

The biennial Red Hills Spring Dinner will be held at Dixie Plantation on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Recently gifted to Tall Timbers, we will discuss our plans for this historic plantation and its Main House. The Main House was designed by John Russell Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial, National Gallery of Art and the National Archives on the Washington Mall.

johnflickerAn invitation only affair, the Red Hills Spring Dinner has become one of the most special events in the Red Hills region. We are pleased to have as our dinner speaker, former National Audubon Society President John Flicker. Under Flicker’s leadership, Audubon championed sound environmental public policy, from protection of America’s Endangered Species and National Wildlife Refuges, to critical legislation in the fight to restore vital wetlands and curb global warming. Flicker’s passion has been connecting people with nature, especially promoting conservation stewardship among young people. He has an affinity for the Red Hills as he was one of the founders of the Red Hills Conservation Association now the Tall Timbers Land Conservancy.

Beyond hearing from nationally recognized speakers on issues affecting land conservation in America, the dinner also honors those families who have donated conservation easements to Tall Timbers over the last two years. In addition, we will take this opportunity to honor Rosemary Ripley, one of the former trustees of the C. M. Geraldine Livingston Foundation, who guided the gift of the 9,100-acre Dixie property to Tall Timbers.

RHSD Guest