Flying under the radar even in these parts, the South Carolina Quail Project is an offshoot of Tall Timbers' work focused on habitat unique to the Carolina coastal plain. They're also experimenting with some new methods of restocking bobwhite populations, an practice that hasn't previously met with much success. Restocking has worked well with other species (whitetail deer, wild turkey) and success with quail would enable rapid recovery of numbers in areas hit hard by adverse weather or faster building of populations on tracts that have undergone dramatic habitat improvements. It's no silver bullet but it sure would be a nice tool to have available.
A November day in the South Carolina lowcountry can be as pretty as one anywhere. Might be too long of a road trip for you western guys but for NC/SC/GA residents it's worth the drive if you can play hooky for a day.