Quail populations, habitat the topic of May 7 gathering

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A Bob White quail photographed by Jay Stine on the Stine Ranch at Benvanue and featured on the cover of the 2014 Clay County Outdoors magazine. The decline in quail populations will be the topic of discussion at an event set for May 7.

A Bob White quail photographed by Jay Stine on the Stine Ranch at Benvanue and featured on the cover of the 2014 Clay County Outdoors magazine. The decline in quail populations will be the topic of discussion at an event set for May 7.

Missy Hodgin

AgriLife Extension Agent

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Clay County along with UNT Quail will conduct a Quail Appreciation Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 7 at Jeff Fitts’ barn in Henrietta. The purpose of the program is to bring landowners, naturalists and other enthusiasts abreast of the current quail population decline and present some possible remedies.

“Bobwhite quail are on the ropes in most areas of their range, including most of Texas,” said Dr. Dale Rollins. Rollins serves as the state coordinator for the Reversing the Decline of Quail in Texas initiative. He is also director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch at Roby and a retired AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo.

“Quail Appreciation Day programs offer land managers an opportunity to learn up close and personal how management impacts quail abundance,” he said. Essentially, attendees are asked to “think like a quail.”

The Quail Appreciation Day topics will include: Getting to Know Quail, Continuing Educational Opportunities, Evaluating Quail Habitat, Quail Predators and also Research Updates. The group will also be introduced to UNT Quail and the North Texas Quail Corridor. Speakers will include Dr. Dale Rollins and Dr. Kelly Reyna, Executive Director of UNT Quail. An afternoon tour of the Durham Ranch will feature regional management and habitat assessment techniques as well as management goals from a landowner’s perspective.

Attendees with private applicator licenses can earn three continuing education units, two general and 1 IPM.

Individual cost for the program is $10 if you sign up by April 30 or $20 at the door and includes lunch. RSVP to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Clay County at (940) 538-5042 or 538-5052 for planning purposes.

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