Quail Forever Hires Audrey Hawk as Outreach Coordinator in Southeast

Quail Forever is proud to announce Audrey Hawk as the new outreach coordinator in Georgia and Florida. In her new role, Hawk will lead conservation education and outreach efforts to engage hunters of all ages and skill levels in the Southeast. Quail Forever partnered with the Williams Family Foundation in Thomasville, Ga. to make this position possible.
Hawk is originally from Coweta County, Ga., where she developed a passion for the natural world at an early age. Hawk grew up hunting and fishing with her family, which lead to her initial interest in conservation. She attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC), where she graduated in 2020 from their Agricultural Education program. Following ABAC, Hawk attended the University of Kentucky, and earned a Master of Science degree in Community and Leadership Development.
“My lifelong passions align with this position perfectly,” Hawk said. “My background in 4-H, FFA, Agricultural Education, outdoor learning and community development will help me immensely in serving both existing chapters and perspective members of Quail Forever in Georgia and Florida. I want to bring conservation to every dinner table in the Southeast.”
Hawk’s primary responsibilities will include working with Florida and Georgia chapters, staff members and partners to deliver Quail Forever’s national education and outreach programing, which includes learn-to-hunt events, pollinator outreach events, landowner field days and women on the wing events.
“Audrey brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role,” said Tim Caughran, Quail Forever’s south region director of conservation delivery. “We’re excited to add an outreach component to our habitat delivery mission in these states. Our team is growing by leaps and bounds in quail country, and Audrey will help those team members collaborate to spread the word about our efforts.”
While the effort for Hawk’s position was launched by the support from the Williams Family Foundation, Quail Forever also sought additional partners to put things in motion. Quail Forever’s working lands for wildlife coordinator Dr. Jess McGuire secured additional funding for the project from the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  In addition, Kenny Barker, Quail Forever regional representative in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas, identified several chapters that were eager to contribute funding to support E&O programs in Florida and Georgia. 
For more information about partnering with Quail Forever’s R3 efforts in Georgia or Florida, contact Audrey Hawk at (678)-590-6293 or ahawk@quailforever.org
About the Williams Family Foundation
The Williams Family Foundation was founded in 1981. The organization’s purpose is to support religious, educational and charitable organizations that operate in Georgia and the surrounding area. 
About Working Lands for Wildlife
Through the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) model, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) systematically targets conservation efforts to improve agricultural, forest and grassland productivity, which enhance wildlife habitat on working landscapes. To find out more about Working Lands For Wildlife Northern Bobwhite Projects, visit their WLFW Quail page.
About Quail Forever
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters and partners is dedicated to the protection of our uplands through habitat improvement, public access, education and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determine how 100 percent of their locally raised funds are spent — the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 567,500 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres.

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