Tag Archives: quail

Statewide Quail Symposium set Aug. 14-16 in Abilene

June 27, 2019 ABILENE – The 2019 Statewide Quail Symposium has been slated for Aug. 14-16 at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Abilene. The symposium is hosted by The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Early registration is $50. After August 7, the cost is $75. Cost for students is $20. Coordinators have reserved a block of rooms at the MCM Elegante until July 16. “Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Rolling… Read More →

Wildlife 101 Program

Do you ever feel like you need a Wildlife for DUMMIES Book? Dr. Maureen Frank, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist, will save you the reading! She will be on the Texas A&M AgirLife Extension – Val Verde County Facebook Page LIVE to share her knowledge about wildlife! Tune in on Facebook every Wednesday at 6:30pm and also get a chance to enter to win a pair of Vortex Crossfire Binoculars! Wildlife 101 Program Guide January 23 @ 6:30 PM – Deer 101 January 30 @ 6:30 PM –… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 25, 2018

Reduced wildlife numbers expected going into hunting season Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. John Tomecek, 325-650-3520, john.tomecek@ag.tamu.edu THRALL – Drought conditions throughout much of the state this summer likely will mean lower wildlife numbers this hunting season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension statewide wildlife specialist, Thrall, said deer, quail and turkey numbers would likely be affected. Fewer forbs and reduced nutritional value in browse and other food crops along with typical predation are contributing factors, he said. Hunters… Read More →

A Quail’s Tale

Kirby the Quail helps spread message of wildlife conservation Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Amanda Gobeli, 720-333-6224, amanda.gobeli@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jim Cathey, 979-458-2565, james.cathey@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, mgfrank@tamu.edu 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 →

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 →

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: https://youtu.be/KV1r1ZONWDE “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 →

Webinar on Texas Quail Index