Category Archives: Wildlife

Stiles Farm Field Day set for June 19 in Thrall

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Ryan Collett, 512-898-2214, THRALL – Feral hog trapping, soybean performance in the Blacklands, pecan tree management and the latest farm bill information will all be discussed at the Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 19 in Thrall. The field day is hosted by the Stiles Farm Foundation and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. There is no registration fee courtesy of the Williamson County Farm Bureau. Lunch and door prizes will be provided to field day participants courtesy of local agribusiness… Read More →

A Quail’s Tale

Kirby the Quail helps spread message of wildlife conservation Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, Contacts: Amanda Gobeli, 720-333-6224, Dr. Jim Cathey, 979-458-2565, Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, COLLEGE STATION – One of the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute’s most popular “spokespersons” for quail appreciation and conservation isn’t a person at all, but a sociable  6-inch-tall northern bobwhite named Kirby. “We have been using Kirby as a ‘life model’ for a variety of educational programs and activities related to the conservation of quail and quail habitat,” said Dr. Jim… 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 →

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 →

Combination food plots can attract deer year-round

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Dr. Billy Higginbotham, 903-834-6191, OVERTON – It’s time to plant food plots for white-tailed deer as hunting season approaches, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, has a food plot combination proven to attract whitetails and keep them hooked through the hunting season and beyond. The combination of winter-hardy oats, iron and clay cowpeas and arrowleaf clover works well in any area that receives 35 inches or more of rainfall each year,… Read More →

Four-wire electric fence system best control of deer access to food plots

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Billy Higginbotham, 903-834-6191, OVERTON – Landowners have a few options to protect forage plots and gardens from browsing deer,  but the electric four-wire system appears to work best, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in Overton, said the system is the best and most cost-effective option for landowners looking to keep deer out of food plots and gardens. Dr. James Kroll, emeritus director of the Institute for White-tailed Deer Management… Read More →

AgriLife Research scientists study wild pig impact on bobwhite quail populations

By: Paul Schattenberg UVALDE — As part of an effort to understand the reasons behind the decline in wild quail populations, researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research have studied whether the continued increase in numbers and distribution of wild pigs, commonly referred to as feral hogs, may be a contributing factor. According to data from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, within the South Texas Plains ecoregion bobwhite populations have been consistently low since the mid-1990s and to date have shown few signs of recovery despite land-management efforts… Read More →

AgriLife Research investigators study effects of aflatoxins on quail reproduction

By: Paul Schattenberg UVALDE – In an effort to discover find what’s causing the decline of Texas wild quail populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists investigated whether regular ingestion of low levels of aflatoxins by bobwhite and scaled quail may impacttheir ability to reproduce. VIDEO: Quail and Afaltoxin Study: “In trying to identify reasons behind the decline in quail populations in Texas, we determined it would be worthwhile to study whether aflatoxins, which are fungal toxins that contaminate grain, might be a concern,” said Dr. Susan Cooper,… Read More →

AgriLife Extension offers online wild pig distance education courses

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Mark Tyson, 979-845-4698, COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering an online wild pig management course for landowners, land managers and others seeking information on feral swine. Mark Tyson, AgriLife Extension wildlife associate at College Station, said the course is divided into five modules, which are split into three main areas of study— two providing continuing education units and one informational course designed for the general public. All are narrated by members of the Feral Hog Community… Read More →