Conservation Matters February 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Become a quail management expert at 2013 QuailMasters class series

The dates for the QuailMasters 2013 management workshop series spearheaded by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have been set, according to organizers.

The four sessions will focus on bobwhite and scaled quail, and participants should plan to attend all four of the three-day workshops slated for March through October, said class coordinator and instructor Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo.

Rollins will be joined in the series instruction by Helen Holdsworth of the Texas Wildlife Association, co-sponsor organization for the series.

Sessions and locations are as follows: March 24-26, Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch at Roby; May 5-7, to be announced; July 7-9, to be announced; Sept. 15-17, Kingsville.

Rollins said the workshops are not for the casual quail proponent.

“The workshop topics, exercises and homework will be rigorous, thought-provoking and taught at a college-senior level,” he said. “The target audience is landowners interested in quail management, quail hunters, agency biologists, master naturalists and college students seeking up-to-date quail information.”

Hands-on exercises and a mix of lectures and field trips will round out the curriculum, Rollins said. Students will also build plant and seed collections from their own properties and learn how to evaluate management practices.

“Our goal is to make the students quail experts,” he said. ”We want graduates to come away from the series with the knowledge to speak comfortably on quail biology, ecology, technology and sociology.
Students will see some of the best quail ranches in the nation and learn firsthand how proper management can enhance quail numbers.”

The series is limited to 35 participants, so early sign-up is advised, Rollins said. Individual tuition is $400, which includes several meals and educational support materials. Three hours of graduate college credit are available for an additional charge through the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.

For more information, read the full AgriLifeTODAY article, or contact Rollins at 325.653.4576, d-rollins@tamu.edu or Holdsworth at hholdsworth@texas-wildlife.org. Online registration is available at texas-wildlife.org.

 

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