Conservation Matters July 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Statewide Quail Symposium will be Sept. 16-18 in Abilene

Statewide Quail Symposium will be Sept. 16-18 in Abilene

Organizers are urging quail enthusiasts to make plans to attend the Statewide Quail Symposium, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Sept. 16-18 in Abilene.

The symposium will begin with a tour of Trail Ranch in Albany at 1 p.m. Sept. 16. The remainder of the symposium will take place at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Abilene.

“The last time we convened a statewide quail symposium was in 1999 in Abilene,” said Dr. Dale Rollins, a symposium planner. Rollins is AgriLife Extension’s statewide coordinator for the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative and director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch in Roby.

“Since then we’ve experienced record lows of bobwhites, scaled or blue quail and consequently, the number of quail hunters,” he said. “We hope we turned the corner last year, and we likewise hope to build on that rebound nicely this summer.”

Rollins said the symposium will bring together a wide variety of leading professionals and experts in quail management, research and conservation from around the state.

Presentations during the Sept. 16 Trail Ranch tour will cover quail management, economics, the Texas Quail Index, defining usable space for quail and brush sculpting.

The day-long Sept. 17 session will feature talks on the state of quail hunting in Texas, weather and quail, translocating wild quail for re-establishment and eyeworms, plus debates on pen-reared quail and cow and quail coexistence. The half-day Sept. 18 session will include presentations on the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, Quail-Tech, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Institute, Borderlands Research Institute and plans for the next biennium.

Individual preregistration is $50 by Sept. 7 and $75 thereafter. Individual student preregistration is $20 by Sept. 7 and $50 thereafter. For the latest information on the agenda, registration, lodging and more, visit statewidequailsymposium.com.

The symposium is part of the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative, a $2 million legislatively funded AgriLife Extension statewide initiative supported by Upland Game Bird Stamp revenue. Read the AgriLife TODAY news release for more information and follow the initiative on Facebook for regular updates.

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