Conservation Matters August 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch hosting field day Sept. 27

The Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch will conduct its 6th annual field day from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sept. 27 at its ranch near Roby. The program will theme is Best Management Practices for Quail.

“The quail situation looks better this year than any year since 2007,” said Dr. Dale Rollins, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist and Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch director. ”With the adoption of good management practices, hopefully we can capture this momentum and get back to huntable levels across west Texas.”

Rollins said the program will be moved to Roby in case of rain and will include talks on Bermuda grass renovation, enhancing useable space for bobwhites on post-Conservation Reserve Program contract lands, establishing “brood patches” and “quail oases,” use of “camera trapping,” sculpting prickly pear habitats and shrub mortality response to prickly pear herbicides.

Other subjects to be addressed include translocation of scaled or “blue” quail into former ranges, key plants for quail, “shale and quail” — considerations in a pending oil boom, and updates on “Operation Idiopathic Decline” and “Operation Transfusion” research efforts, Rollins said.

Individual preregistration is $10 until Sept. 20 and $20 thereafter. Student preregistration is $5. The fees include lunch, refreshments and field day abstracts. For more information or to preregister, contact Rollins at 325.653.4576 or Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for those with a valid private applicator’s license.

The field day is a collaborative effort among AgriLife Extension, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Park Cities Quail and AgriLife Extension’s Quail Initiative.

Read the full AgriLife TODAY article for more information or see to learn more about the research ranch.

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