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Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy – Time is Running Out!

Time is running out to register for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Wildlife & Fisheries Extension Unit’s first annual Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy.The purpose of the Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy is to provide advanced training whereby master volunteers can support or expand specific county educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The goal of the Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy is not to produce “experts”, rather to identify Master Volunteers who have received highly specialized training to support specific natural resource-related programs or projects…. Read More →

2018 Ranching & Wildlife Seminars – Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

For everyone going to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Expo, we are pleased to share the adult educational seminars schedule! The Educational Seminars are put on for three days (Tuesday, February 27th through Thursday March 1st) during the Expo with live animals, experts from across the industry, a variety of presentation topics, and a cooking demonstration to round out the afternoons on Wednesday and Thursday. Pre-registration is available with free day and parking passes mailed directly to you! For pre-registration,click here  https://hlsrrwexposeminars.eventbrite.com. There will also be a… Read More →

Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society – 2018 Conference

by Dr. Maureen Frank This year’s meeting of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TCTWS) will be held at the Sheraton Dallas and will focus on the topic “The relevance of conservation to a diverse society: how to make it a reality.” The excellent list of plenary speakers includes Dr. Steve Williams, President of the Wildlife Management Institute; Ms. Becky Humphries, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation; Dr. John McDonald, President of The Wildlife Society, and Ms. Tina Yturria Buford, Director of Education for East Foundation.The… Read More →

Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy – February 13 & 14th

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Wildlife & Fisheries Extension Unit is hosting their first annual Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy. The purpose of the Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy is to provide advanced training whereby master volunteers can support or expand specific county educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The goal of the Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist Academy is not to produce “experts”, rather to identify Master Volunteers who have received highly specialized training to support specific natural resource-related programs or projects. Such projects may include… Read More →

Texas Master Naturalist program seeks applicants, sets spring training

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Mary Pearl Meuth, 979-845-7294, mpmeuth@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Master Naturalist program has announced training opportunities for those wishing to participate in the statewide program. Twenty-three Texas Master Naturalist chapters will conduct training classes in the spring for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management, said the program’s assistant state coordinator. Mary Pearl Meuth of College Station said the Texas Master Naturalist program’s 48 chapters across the state develop a corps of well-informed citizen volunteers who provide education,… Read More →

East Texas Master Naturalist application deadline Jan. 22

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Larry Pierce, 903-834-6191, lpierce@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – The deadline to participate in 2018 East Texas Texas Master Naturalist classes is rapidly approaching – Jan. 22. Classes begin Jan. 30 and conclude April 17. Classes run from 6-9 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays at the Tyler Nature Center, 11942 Farm-to-Market Road 848 in Tyler. There will also be one Saturday class and three Saturday field trips. The East Texas Master Naturalist program is a chance to learn about the natural world and its preservation for… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Nov. 21, 2017

Catfish production down but Texas producers faring well Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Todd Sink, 979-845-7471, todd.sink@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas catfish production is down, but that’s not bad news for fish producers around the state, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist, College Station, said Texas catfish producers were slowly entering the annual catfish harvest and production was expected to be down about 5 percent. The drop, however, is attributed to producers’ shift to production of higher value species such… Read More →

Invasive zebra mussels have spread to Lake Georgetown and Lake Livingston

This destructive species, originating from Eurasia, can damage boats, clog water intakes and litter shorelines with sharp shells. The way boaters can help slow the spread? Clean, drain and dry all boating equipment before leaving the boat ramp.  Remember, it is unlawful to possess or transport zebra mussels, dead or alive, in the State of Texas. It is required that boaters drain all water from their boat and any on-board receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of fresh water to prevent the transfer of zebra mussels. The draining… Read More →

Registration open for 2018 Birding on the Border program

April 23-26 program will include sites in Kinney, Val Verde counties Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, mgfrank@tamu.edu BRACKETTVILLE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a Birding the Border program from April 23-26 of next year at locations in Kinney and Val Verde counties. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 23 and conclude at 10:30 p.m. April 26. Birding locations will include sites at Fort Clark Springs, private ranches, Kickapoo Caverns State Park and San Felipe Creek. Fort Clark Springs will… Read More →

Reports of tainted Texas corn raise concern among some deer hunters

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. John Tomecek, 325-650-3520, john.tomecek@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Cat Barr, 979-845-3414, acbarr@tvmdl.tamu.edu THRALL – Concerns over corn tainted with Fusarium fungi, which can produce Fumonisin, continue to flow into Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists’ offices, but with the main deer hunting season only days away, the calls are increasingly from concerned hunters feeding corn to deer and less from corn producers, said agency experts. “Shelled corn is the traditional ‘go-to feed’ in Texas for deer, so it’s understandable there would be concerns considering how much of… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Oct. 24, 2017

Deer season expected to provide good opportunities for hunters Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: John Tomecek, 325-657-7311, john.tomecek@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The general hunting season for white-tailed deer opens Nov. 4, and Texas hunters should expect good opportunities in the field, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension assistant professor and wildlife specialist, San Angelo, said good weather conditions have provided good forage and cover for deer. The quality of this year’s white-tail deer crop is expected to be very good because… Read More →

New Texas A&M Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecological Sciences Building grand opening celebrated at College Station

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Sept. 15 marked the grand opening of the new Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecological Sciences Building at 534 John Kimbrough Blvd. on the Texas A&M University West Campus. Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M, College Station, said the $32.5 million building is the fourth to be constructed in the Agriculture and Life Sciences complex, a group of buildings housing staff  “dedicated to feeding our world, protecting our environment, enriching our youth, improving our… Read More →

Maureen Frank hired as new AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at Uvalde

She will serve 64 counties in agency’s West, Southwest and South districts Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Todd Swift, 830-278-9151, twswift@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, mgfrank@tamu.edu UVALDE — Dr. Maureen Frank has joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist for the agency’s West, Southwest and South districts. Frank provides support to AgriLife Extension county agents and participates in program development, result demonstrations and agent training. She also develops educational materials related to wildlife and… Read More →

AgriLife Extension names Amanda Gobeli to state quail study post

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Dale Rollins, 325-653-4576, d-rollins@tamu.edu Amanda Gobeli, 325-653-4576, agobeli@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Amanda Gobeli as the new associate in quail studies. Gobeli is headquartered at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. “Amanda will be working with AgriLife Extension agents and other ‘students of quail’ in the quest to reverse the decline of quail,” said Dr. Dale Rollins, state coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife’s Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative at… Read More →

Groups make education of chronic wasting disease a priority

With the appearance of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a Texas deer in July, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others have made educating the hunting public about this disease and the necessary precautions to take a priority. On July 1, a positive case of CWD was verified in a captive white-tailed deer in Medina County outside of San Antonio. The first and only other case was reported in far west Texas in 2012. “Chronic wasting disease is a condition that affects the nervous system of deer,… Read More →